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Hedgehogs as Pets

Updated on September 15, 2010

The Thrill with Quills

8 month old Salt & Pepper Hedgehog
8 month old Salt & Pepper Hedgehog
7 weeks old Albino Hedgehog
7 weeks old Albino Hedgehog
Chocolate Chip Hedgehog
Chocolate Chip Hedgehog

Hedgehogs as Pets

Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals by nature. This means they sleep in the day and awake by night.

Hedgehogs are becoming quite popular being domesticated pets. Not only are they low maintenance and hygenic creatures, they are also very playful little mammals. Unlike hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and mice whom had a furry elegance, hedgehogs are born with quills. When nervous, scared or surprised, they ball up to protect themselves from predators in the wild.

Hedgehogs are classified as Exotic Pets. Most people nowadays have dogs, cats, fish as pets. This is very common. In this generation, most teenagers are eager to have a unique kind of pet, this is where the hedgehog comes in the picture and they get along well with dogs and cats.

Knowing whether a hedgehog is the right pet for you? The answer to that is RESEARCH. The internet have a whole lot of information to search from and learning all you can before buying a hedgehog is definitely the responsible way to do it. :) since a hedgehog isn't meant for just about anyone.

If your looking to own a hedgehog yourself, we suggest for you to buy a pog from a breeder. This way, not only would you get to know your new hoglet's (baby hedgehog) personality, you would be able to see how to handle/carry the hedgehog, how to bath, trim and play with your hedgehog, what cage do you house them in? what treats to give them? and a whole lot more information to know. There is also a personal customer care involved and he/she can answer all your questions.

Most states in Canada and most areas in the United States of America are legal in owning a hedgehog, States that are NOT legal so far are:

  • MAINE - a permit is required.
  • Arizona - a permit is required (very difficult to obtain).
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Pennsylvania
  • Nebraska
  • Wisconsin - a permit is required.
  • New York, New York

Moving forward, if you really really want to own a hedgehog, check if your state is legal, look for a reputable breeder, ask questions (he/she should be able to answer all your questions), and research.

As a breeder myself, everyday is still a learning experience. If your interested in getting to know more about hedgies, come visit my website at


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      Toni 5 years ago

      Does anyone know why it is illegal to own a hedgehog (as a pet) in Georgia? It seems a bit silly to me...there are breeders in Georgia, but they can't sell them to Georgians.

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      Laura Schneider 6 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Great article! I do caution readers, however, that hedgehog ownership is not for everyone and they should read everything they can find on hedgehogs before getting one as a pet. I've owned 5 hedgehogs over the years (4 rescues), and some of them have been very friendly--even cuddly--and some have been not very excited about people playing with them.

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      They must be adorable, bunnykinz! I'll go check it out!

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      bunnykinz 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you Lorlie :) They are indeed very adorable creatures. Even if you can't adopt one, you can still enjoy them online. More photos on my website, especially when my Pepe just gave birth to baby hoglets. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      The photos you've posted are wonderful, bunnykinz! I live in California and have an array of cats, dogs, and chickens, so I won't be adopting a hedgehog any time soon, but I really enjoyed reading about them.

      Welcome to our community!