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Delivery available throughout UK


Please remember now the weather is colder it is especially important that you make sure your pygmy hedgehogs are kept warm at the ideal temperature and away from any drafts to prevent any hibernation attempts which can be fatal



Unless stated otherwise above I charge £99 apricot/ albino, £110 brown/ cinnacot/ cinnamon, £115  pinto face /reverse, £125 grey / choc, £130 blaze / split / odd eye, £140 dark grey, £150 leucistic, dark eyed white/ snow

flake , £160 either parent Europe lines, £170 both parents Europe lines, £180 blacks. delivery available throughout England , Scotland  and Wales. The price includes  a free complementary starter pack witch includes a care sheet to tell you how to look after your new hedgehog baby, changeover food, the Ultimate African Pygmy Hedgehog Guide eBook and pet carrier to get him/her home safely.

I occasionally have proven adult pygmy hedgehogs of breeding age for sale (prices vary).

Full set up also available (if required) with any of the pygmy hedgehogs for sale shown below £80

£50 proven breeding apricot 2years 2 months

Any funds from hedgehogs re-homed at retirement age 2.5+ years will be donated to pygmy and European hedgehog charities in the UK.

If interested in studding one of my male pygmy hedgehogs from the colors and lines mentioned below. price vary from £35. I can take your female or you can house my male for 7-31days. can be arranged throughout the uk.

I have African Pygmy Hedgehogs for sale from the UK, Germany, Czech republic, Poland and holand lines. In my herd i own and can produce these color and patterns. blacks, leucistic, double white, reverse baby pintos, split faces, dew, high whites, pinto faced, blaze faced, panda eyes, odd ears, odd eyes, grey, dark grey, cinnamon, cinnicot, brown, chocolate, grey, champagne, pintos, snowflake, heavy snoflake, apricot and albino hoglets.

If reserving for a litter today not yet born I can not guarantee the colour or sex of the babies and you will be charged £115 regardless of color and pattern your deposit will only be refunded due to unforeseen circumstances with your Pygmy Hedgehog. I am happy to take specific requests such as dark or light hedgehogs, no red eyed hog , specific pairing or sex. For this the price will be as shown in the price list above.

Please Contact Me For details on Pygmy Hedgehogs for sale available now or future baby hedgehogs for sale at directly or USING THIS CONTACT FORM.

I can also be contacted on: 07540755822

Worth the wait

Due to African Pygmy Hedgehogs being in such high demand I can reserve you one today with a £49 none refundable deposit (due to others in the past letting me down) towards the price of your baby hedgehog. If you wish to pay in full on reserving £10 will be taken of the final price shown above. You will get priority over anyone who has not put a deposit down. I will provide Regular updates via email/text on the progress of your new addition. Your deposit will be taken off the final price with the remaining paid prior to delivery / collection.

All Pygmy Hedgehog Parents are pedigree registered

I offer healthy Pygmy Hedgehogs. My hogs are handled regularly. My hoglet’s are fed on the best quality food. sexed along with coloured prediction as soon as can be. In a step towards litter training they will have been introduced to litter trays. You can view your hoglet if you wish once old enough. I’m happy to answer as many questions as you may have, and will advise you on what you would need if you are new. Once separated from mum I will make sure they are fully weaned, healthy, eating and going to the toilet before leaving for their new homes. My babies are used to other pets. They rely on scent and sound so do require time to get used to anyone new. to speed this up leave cloth you’ve had in your pocket in with them while they sleep. I will provide Regular updates via email /txt on the progress of your new addition.


I am happy to provide a pygmy hedgehog for sale for anyone who wants to collect from Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. I can provide the details for a animal , reptile courier for anyone accross the UK, wales, up to Inverness Scotland. For more than one hedgehog the price for delivery will increase. So if you are looking to buy a pygmy hedgehog in Newcastle or Sunderland, Durham or Middlesbrough, Edinburgh or Glasgow and Hawick or Carlisle or even as far as Yorkshire and Fife or Ayr and further a field I can supply. please specify you will require delivery on reserving and to where so I can forward you the relevant courier details.


Thanks for checking out my African Pygmy Hedgehog for sale page and I hope hear from you soon.


I am happy to find pygmy hedgehogs for anyone who wants to collect from Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. Although im based in Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland im happy to find hedgehogs for anyone accross the uk, up to inverness scotland, wales. They will be delivered using animal couriers , reptile couriers.  Possible price increase if more than 1 hedgehog (please specify to where on contacting). See below for prices but please phone them beforehand to double check. (I will not take responsibility for any price changes the below are given as a guide).



I have used these animal and reptile couriers before which provided a great service. If you are interested in a hedgehog they can deliver to you anywhere in the UK, Scotland up to inverness, andWales.

let me now before reserving where about your will require delivery to. 

Any responsibility after leaving my care regarding travel falls with them. I will make sure all animals leave in grate health.

How it all works….

1- Let me know before placing your deposit for reservation of a hog which service you require

2- I will require the remaining hedgehog and delivery payment the 1st of the month your hog is due to leave

3- I will book your hedgehog as soon as the courier releases its dates closest to the hedgehogs leave date.

5- I will inform you when your hog has left

6- If you could let me now once arrived also.

.A START date is given roughly 7 days in advanced this is NOT a guaranteed date they WILL be collect or deliver.
The cost will depend on area please check map and phone them for price

Exact dates and transit times will be given when booking is closed usually a few days before the run starts. when they have planed the rout they will advise each party directly via phone or text when the collection and delivery day and times will be.

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Throughout my time being a hobby breeder of African Pygmy Hedgehogs I am proud to say that I have have many happy customers. Please see below to view just some of on my many testimonials.




laura Bristol

“ Just an update lucky is ok and doing very well she likes her little house and doing well eating and drinking fine going to the bathroom fine she is doing very well. many thanks for a lovely hedgehog. laura Bristol”

iris deiss Hawick

“ Little George scratching his box all the way to Hawick, put him in his new house with some of his bedding. He is just super nosey, took him out 4 times and he never hissed at me once, just climbing on me 😊 Thank you soo much again, he is just perfect!!! And it was lovely meeting you!!! Hawick iris deiss”

Sherri coleman Peterborough

“my hedgehogs are very rewarding because they're very tame and they're very loving and very friendly and I would recommend Emma to anybody because she's great and you don't have to do with getting the hedgehogs to you it's a stressfree and you can tell Emma to work really hard because they're so tame and friendly and the hedgehog love too with us and if anyone said that wanted hedgehog I pass on Emma info Sherri coleman Peterborough ”

Maggs Chambers Bristol

“Thankyou emma for registry of willow! Lovely to see that! I showed my partner he smiled 🙂 cant wait for her arrival on thursday were really excited! Shes going to fit in just perfect! 🙂 thankyou so much!!! You have been anazing!!! Maggs Chambers Bristol ”

Louise Rhucroft Middlesbrough

“Hi Emma! Hope it's ok to email you! I thought I would send you an update on little Edith! She's doing wonderful and is so friendly! 💚💚 I don't know what I did before I had her to snuggle with. She is ridiculously clean and doesn't even poop on her wheel! She hangs over the side for a poop! Such a lady. Louise Rhucroft Middlesbrough”

Ben Measures Oakham

“Hogley has arrived safe and well, I handled him for around 10 minutes after he arrived and then put him into his new home.. Do you have any tips at all on how to make him feel more comfortable when I'm handling him as he was quite defensive hissing He is a absolutely lovely hog thank you Ben Measures Oakham UPDATE Hi Emma Hogley is doing great and I am now handling him with no fleece and he no longer hisses or spikes at me which is great!! ”

Dee Wenn Dorset

“Won't keep pestering you. Just wanted to say Betty's well settled, eating, drinking and pooing. Loves to play in get wheel. She's got a fleece tunnel that she's running through. Slept in her pouch today. She's had cuddles learning my scent and my voice. Love her little face! Thank you so much. Please do email any time for a picture and an update. She's amazing! Can't thank you enough Dee Wenn Dorset ”

Lauren Jackson kent

“Hiya he just arrived! Doing great he's so friendly and has eaten and drank and explored already! Lauren Jackson kent ”

Amy Robson Northumberland

“Hi Emma, Little man is doing fine. He's developing a funny character. He still doesn't huff or put his quills up but he's like a grumpy old man, he hisses at me and mam all the time but loves my brother. He lets me kiss his face and stroke his chin though and he'll cuddle with me for a little bit, he just likes being grumpy with me I guess, silly thing. I just have to laugh at him, so quirky and so different to Piglet! Definitely think he's a roamer but still more lazy about it than Piglet. He's nearly the size of Piglet now he's growing so quick Amy Robson Northumberland ”

Amy Robson, Northumberland

“Piglet was a surprise for my 21st Birthday from my little brother. I had researched African pygmy hedgehogs for going on three years and had loved hedgehogs even longer! I was just waiting to finish university before committing. Emma was a star from the onset. My mum found her online, looked at her website and established contact on behalf of my brother. My mum used to breed dogs so told me she knew Emma was a good and caring breeder from the questions she asked over the phone – a sign she actually cared where her hoglets would be going. Emma was very patient and understanding that my mum had only done very basic research on hedgehogs so couldn’t answer all the questions well. Mum reassured her I was more researched. Emma was so helpful and went out of her way to help with the surprise and even suggested ways of presenting the big reveal. Emma didn’t have any litters available as my birthday is so close to Christmas but mum put a deposit down for a future litter knowing we’d be more than happy to wait. Luck had it, a litter was born in November. Emma sent mum pictures and updates every week right up until pick up. On my birthday I was surprised with the news and texted Emma straight away. She was so friendly and a visit was quickly arranged as we only live about an hour away. I can’t stress how friendly, helpful and patient Emma was right through from the ordeal with the surprise to my incessant emails with questions. Emma warned us that Piglet was a right character and one of her more adventurous hoglets. This hasn’t changed. I’d prepared myself for the huffs and pops I’d learned was normal behavior through my research. We’ve never had any major issues of that with Piglet. Compared to other hogs I know of, I consider Piglet one of the sweetest and friendliest with one of the biggest characters and a lot of that is down to the care and handling Emma gave her. The only time Piglet has ever huffed at me was if I wake her up, startle her or don’t do what she wants when she wants it…like move her bed. This is all to be expected. Piglet has been just so brave, not scared of human or animal contact and we’ve bonded so easily she’s so loving. We'd 100% recommend, and I'm sure we'll be going back to Emma in the future. Lovely, friendly hoglets, an informative care pack and pedigree registration on request. Thanks again Emma, you’ve been really amazing!! – Amy Robson, Northumberland”

Yvonne Hodson shropshire

“I purchased my male split face pinto named Samson from Emma. He has become a much loved member of our family is loving and very friendly. Emma was willing to go out of her way to meet us half way when i collected him, and kept me up to date with his progress for several weeks before he came home. She also kept in touch after to see how he was getting on. I would recommend her to my friends. Yours Yvonne Hodson”

Danielle Hewer Wiltshire

“Thank you so much for everything! Honestly I was nervous when making such a large purchase over the Internet especially when I was buying with my heart and not so much my head. Emma was ever so good to me, gave me 2 options for payment to help ease my mind and told me everything I needed to know upfront to help me make an informed decision. All the way through the different stages I was kept informed of all my little lads progressions. Updates on him were top notch! I was so excited for when I'd recieve my next email! He's been with us for just over 24hours and he's an absolute pleasure to sit and watch..he's got a wonderful personality and so far seen to have gotten the hang of litter training! I've been waiting for him to settle in before our first proper cuddle so I can't wait until sundown tonight. I cannot recommend this breeder enough, from start to finish emma was so helpful and kind..even with my 20 questions on most replys!”

madeline harkins edinburgh

“I would like to start with thank you so much for my first girl hedgehog I bought from you two years ago they are such fun pets to have and you made it very easy for me to look after and understand what they need in keeping them health in the advice sheet plus if I got stuck I could give you a call. I have now purchased two boys off you and I have to say I love the up dates with the pictures of them and the videos cause they are so cute at that age and you miss all that cause they have to stay with their mothers until they are big enough to leave. Plus I love how you are organised with their birth certificates they are important too . Paying for them is easy and collecting them is easy to plus I like how you have the delivery service if people need it . Thank you so much for my hedgehog children Maddy .....Edinburgh”

alan birch durham

“I cant thank emma enough ive bought 3 hedgehogsoff her and every time shes went out of her way to send new pics vids everyweek without being asked she went out of her way to get family to deliver hog for free whilst passing and arranged with courier for other two i already have others ordered for future as i love hogs and would buy off anyone else highly reccomended”

Jennifer Innes tranent.

“I have bought a couple of hoglets from Emma now. Emma is lovely, a really nice girl and is very experienced with hedgehogs. You can tell she puts a lot of time and effort into caring for her hoglets as both that I have had from her have been extremely tame and perfect pets. She kept me fully updated with my hoglets progress with photos and videos. Highly recommended. Jennifer tranent.”

Barbara D'amiral kent

“Hi I have read the reviews and agree with them all. Emma is so helpful and nothing is too much, love my darling girls. Emma is always there with good advice, giving me confidence. I brought a toddlers paddling pool where the girls play in the evening safe and sound so we can watch them and enjoy.x”

Anthony Hobson - Wales

“Thank you very much for the little baby hog, he is lovely. He is a bit huffy, but had gotten better over what little time we've had him. He is a lazy guy too he sleeps all day and night. Only comes out to poo, he is very good it's always in the litter tray.”

James Mcintosh

“We had are one yesterday he is amazing! Was worth every penny thank you Emma Jayne im so glad I found your number to enquire and you made it all happen ”

Emma Louise Toase

“The girl I got from you is such a lovely temperament you'd be my first point of call. She's still doing well. Thanks Emma”

Adele byworth York

“i have bought a few hedgehogs from Emma and i can honestly say Emma's hedgehogs have been the most friendliest babies I've had. They are friendly, beautiful and Emma is always so informative and always provides me with fab care. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting a hedgehog and i will most definatley be getting more from Emma! She's extremely reasonable and always friendly and helpful smile emoticon”

Arran Newcastle

“Surprise for my wife's birthday. Emma orderd whole set up to get deliverd with the hedgehog. Thank you. Your help is very much appreciated. ”

Fayona Campbell aberdeenshire

“Thank you so much for my hog!!! I adore her, yesterday I just let her settle in il tell u how she gets on today, thanks for all your help”

Sara Butland

“Hey Emma Hedgehog update. Little Maurice is all settled in now and he's still absolutely adorable!! Little guy is now pretty social and doesn't mind have a few visitors 🙂 thank you so much, I love my little guy and everyone now considers him part of the family. Take care Sara”

Jane.Y Oxfordshire

“Dear Emma Many thanks for your help and information. Thank you kindly for the ebook. It is very helpful and informative. It makes us more reassured of the kind of breeder you are. Best wishes Jane”

kim irving rotherham

“He's such a little character Hun Smiling face with smiling eyes and zoo line was brilliant yesterday when he passed me cookie he checked on his other pets had in back he said he checked on mine like others and he was suprised coz he never balled up he was happy all way....100% feedback for them Hun there brill....he said ur lovely Aswell said he's done a few for u and kids are very happy xxx Rotherham”

Talita Bateman - London

“Just a quick email to give you an update. He is doing really well and is so friendly that he's charming everyone. I keep a few reptiles so was worried that he'd smell them and be scarred but he fit right in. Thank you again for an amazing little guy. Thanks T x”

Imogen lawlor London

“Hi Emma, Just to let you know she is still doing well! She is super lovely and curious and doesn’t mind being held by may people at all – her “fan club” all love her and have visited to see her! She seems to be happy. she takes to sleeping anywhere and everywhere except her bed. She eats maybe 1tbsp per day of the purina one light cat food, and I am yet to find something she really likes other than Dreamies duck cat treats (she likes to annoint herself with it 🙂 ), but I will keep going with fruits and veg and cooked meat etc! She is amazing to cuddle, and is so relaxed! I am sure that is due to you taking good care of her, so THANK YOU!”

Gemma Naylor blyth

“Would recommend Emma to anybody. I had been searching for years for a breeder of african pigmy hedgehogs that we close to me. I had no luck, they were all down south then one day i was just looking online and came across her website. I emailed her to ask whether she had any baby hogs available, i was lucky that she did and a few weeks later i got my first hog called Hoglet. You could tell how well bred and handled he was as as soon as she passed him over to me he didnt ball up once. A couple of months after, after having such an amazing experience with hoglet i decided to get another boy and again i was just in luck and again you could tell how well handled he was. He never balled up from when i started to handle him. Both hoglet and elijah are very well natured boys, they had their moments where they were little grumps some times but thats to be expected when they were going through their quilling period but still very well behaved. Both of my boys love their cuddles and come to their cage door to see me on the night time to be let out for cuddles.If anybody is looking for a african pigmy hedgehog Emma is the person to contact, her hogs are well natured and well looked after and Emma is great, any question even if i thought it was stupid to ask she would answer it no bother and helped me get everything right for my boys coming home and be able to settle as quick as possible. I recieved regular updates by emails and she videoed my two hedgehogs when they were still with her and no matter how many times i kept asking how they are, she always was very nice to me and give me updates. I still look back at the videos and cant believe how tiny they were compared to now but both are still cute as ever and bring me so much enjoyment watching them and interacting with them. I am actually hoping to get a little girl off her in the near future!”

Amanda .n.ireland

“Review for Emma and her Uk African pygmy hedgehogs …I contacted Emma for advice due 2 lack of response in northern Ireland.. from day 1 Emma was polite friendly approachable knowledgeable and extremely caring about hedgehogs.. a true animal lover… I decided quite quickly to get one of Emma’s babies and have not been disappointed from start to finish.. my wee one arrived Tuesday and is beyond all my expectations and litter trained to. I’m totally blown away by Emma and her babies. would I buy another from Emma OH YES with out a doubt x Emma you are a star and so is meal worm monster Milly THANK YOU SO MUCH X”

Dan Armstrong - Hexham

“Thank you Emma for delivering Casper to me as i’m still unable to drive after hurting my back. But after what seems like months, he’s finally here. CJ my kitten has introduced himself they really like each other. Casper has started following him.”


“Thanks again Emma your wonderful at what you do. Lola is doing great and is very easy to handle and care for. I have the same set up as you and she runs through the night. We let her out in her play pen for about half hour at tea time when she runs again. Thank you for the advice. Everyone thinks she is lovely and sometimes a little shocked that we have a hedgehog. My daughter loves her so much and she can’t wait to get in from school to play with her and a massive result as Gary is not allergic to her.”

“I reserved a hedgehog before mum had even given birth and was thrilled by the service I received from Emma. I was updated regularly with personalised emails with plenty of pics of my little hog as he grew and was informed his sex and suspected colour outcome earlier than expected. I was able to pick his name to go onto his certificate and birth certificate which made it really personal. He arrived with a plentiful supply of food and information as well as his registration along with many little other extras, all as promised. He was incredibly tame and not at all shy. He has since grown into a lovely sociable little hog. An amazing service run by a lovely knowledgeable lady who is true to her word. Thanks so much Emma.”

Lydia - Edinburgh

“Hey Emma I thought I would send you a update. Prim is getting on grate. She is happy and loves to swim, she is becoming really time and loves to play with me and I can come in and she will be ready to play. She is a lovely hedgie thank you.”


“Hi Emma Lola has settled in brilliantly she's had a lil bit to eat & a drink she's been asleep most ov the time av interrupted her 3 time to show kids and she was fine , Thank you so much Clair ”


“Hi Emma, Just an update on my little hoglet. I think I’m going to call her Tibby…not totally decided, but probably. She’s well and (I think) pretty happy. Settled in and sleeping a lot. I’ve discovered a fondness for strawberries. I can tell she’s already used to being handled, as she doesn’t take long to calm down when I pick her up. She’s currently asleep in an old T-shirt on my lap while watch some tellie. Thanks again for all of your updates and for such a great little hedgehog!”

African Pygmy Hedgehog Food

Picking African Pygmy Hedgehog Food

Good quality dry cat food which is low in fat and high in protein and also has the advantage of allowing Pygmy hedgehog to exercise his or her teeth preventing dental problems is required. This can be supplemented with vegetables apples and carrots etc / wet meat cat food beef, chicken, lamp, duck etc and cooked meats and live bugs brought from the pet shop (locust, meal or wax worms) can be given but only as a treat two to three times a week

Fresh water should always be available to the hoglets. My pygmy hedgehogs drink from small ceramic bowls as these are easier to clean but can spill so some people choose to use water bottles but I find they find it difficult to use and these can be damaging to the hedgehogs teeth.

Care, Facts and Breeding

African pygmy hedgehogs are best kept at around 70-75 degrees. If the temperature is lower than this they may attempt to hibernate. This is not allowed in captivity. It is not necessary or recommended to use light bulbs to heat the cage as these could burn your hedgehog. though i dont you could use a che light on a thermostat which gives of heat no light. If you keep your house at a temperature that you are happy to sit in, it will more than likely be enough for your pygmy hedgehog too.

I don’t use heat pads though two that seem to be grate are petnap and snuggle safe. If they spend too long on them they can burn themselves or over heat. A pygmy hedgehog attempting hibernating needs warming up immediately. The best way to do this is to wrap him in something cosy like a pet sleeping bag, towel and put him in a warm room. Hopefully he will start to respond within the hour failing this seek a vet. Never put pygmy hedgehogs in water to warm up.
They require 10-12 hour of light a day this should not be through direct sunlight it can just be through turning on the lights or opening the curtain to let the light in.

Pygmy hedgehogs salivate and spread the saliva over their back this is called self-anointing. certain smells start them off. There’s no answer to why they do this but it is nothing to be concerned about. It can be quite startling when 1st time owners see this.

Qilling is when a pygmy hedgehog losses its baby quills and grows adult quills between 8to12 weeks. You will now this is taking place when you find quills all over the place. Quilling can be joint with teething so your pygmy hedgehog will be a bit grumpy during this time. Quilling can be itchy so a nice warm bath may be helpful to south the saw skin.

Even when this is over don’t be surprised if you find one or two quills around your pygmy hedgehog throughout its life sometimes they loose one of two quills.

Pygmy hedgehogs grow only half the size 5-8″ of the normal european hedgehog 12″+ which live outside.

2 month old human = 10 year old hedgehog
6 month old human = 20 year old hedgehog
14 month old human = 30 year old hedgehog
3 year old human = 40 year old hedgehog
3 1/2 year old human = 50 year old hedgehog3
3/4 year old human = 60 year old hedgehog
4 year and 2 month old human = 70 year old hedgehog
5 year and 4 month old human = 80 year old hedgehog
6 year and 2 month old human = 90 year old hedgehog
7 year and 8 month old human = 100 year old hedgehog

When traveling with your pygmy hedgehog home for the 1st time give them something cosy to hide in and a small hard travel carrier with good ventilation. Keep them warm. If your warm your hedgehog will likely be to. Some hogs can get car sick so keep an eye out and make sure they stay dry throughout the journey not to get as chill. Make sure your hedgehog doesn’t ride in the sun and no food should be given to them whilst traveling. you may also fined he / she may be a bit of their food and sneeze for a few days after getting them home. This is them just adapting to their new environment.

If you can give your pygmy hedgehog 20minutes a day of play out of there cage this will be plenty.

Bathing your hog is not needed very often only when they look or smell bad.

Generally hedgehogs are clean animals and do not require baths often, however every now and again they do get a little messy and need your help. It is important to limit the number of baths you give your hedgehog as they have dry skin, and excessive bathing can dry their skin out even more. Never leave your hedgehog alone in the bath, they may drown.

I use non odour avenno oatmeal and degu. chinchilla sand. Never use tea tree oil products it is toxic and will more than likely kill your hog. Keep the water level low and warm not hot. be prepared to change the water a few times. Use a smooth toothbrush to clean the quills and feet. Make sure you rinse it all out before wrapping your hog in a towel and drying.

Characteristics of Hedgehogs, Owners Knowledgeable about hedgehogs:
The more you know about hedgehogs the better you will understand them and be able to meet their needs.Patient – hedgehogs are shy by nature and will depend on your patience as they learn to trust you.Thick skinned – hedgehogs are prickly and they can poke you! This is something you can learn. You must be gentle with hedgehogs if they are going to trust you and flattern out their quils.Financially responsible – hedgehogs may require veterinary care at some point in their life as well as food and supplies throughout their life.

Accepting – You must be willing to accept what your hedgehog has to offer. It will most likely never follow commands or do tricks but its quirky habits and the affection it may share can make it quite charming.

Young children as Hedgehog Owners -I know for a fact that almost every parent who has contacted me about a hedgehogs as pet for their young child has a child that is extremely good with animals. We have found that hedgehogs do best in families where the hedgehog is a family pet and adults are closely involved in daily hedgehog care.It is extremely important to monitor the hedgehogs eating, activity levels, temperature, and health every. Also it is unrealistic to expect a young child to be solely responsible for its continues financial needs.

Female pygmy hedgehogs should be 6-12month old before breeding them for the 1st time as any younger and she is not physically mature enough. Any later and they could die due to the cervix closing up. They can have 2 litters a year and breed till they are around 2.5years old.

Male can usually breed throughout their lifespan. Inbreeding pygmy hedgehogs can cause physical anomalies and poor temperament.

Both sexes become fertile at 8weeks but breeding this young should not be done.

The female should be put with the male rather than the other way round so she isn’t territorial.

The cage should be solid and hedgebags (sleeping bags) should be supplied for her to line her nest.

Between 1st meeting and birth can be anywhere from 33-60days. At around 30days a good full clean out of the cage is recommended cause when the babies are born no interaction with mum or that area of the cage can be touched until the babies are 2 to 3 weeks old. The use of a bird nest cam is a good way to keep an eye on mum and babies within this time.

It’s hard to tell if she is pregnant the only signs are her getting bigger, tighter belly and lumps. Just give it 40days from the last interaction with the male before you decide she isn’t. Then it’s just a case to try and try again. She will give birth to average 3-5hoglets but size can range from 1-9

You will probably hear little squeaks when the babies are born and see them scattered around the cage until all are born. Wait before holding them but if mum tries to attack leave them until they are fully active before attempting again. Mum may kill them if stressed. After 3weeks they should have teeth so at 4weeks they will be onto solid food. They will be removed from mum when ready. Then once fully weaned can be rehomed

Cages and Accessories

My vivs where hand made to my specifications by Proexotics Custom Vivariums. I recommend them for your hedgehogs cage.


African Pygmy Hedgehogs are solitary animals and only meet up together in order to mate. They are happy to live alone so it is advised to house them separately as fights may occur. Some people have brought female siblings and housed them together with success and lots of space but males will certainly fight if housed together.

Anything that is soft is ok. I use the carefresh animal bedding and recyclable paper bedding but other bedding like finacard are also fine. These products also help make a great nest for breeding. It is important that the sleeping area is secure and a hiding place. Things like igloos and houses with a small opening can be used. Alternatively some people use pet sleeping bags which they love especially in the winter but make sure there is no stitching as this could harm your hedgehog. The only down side to these is they require frequent washing.

Pygmy hedgehog cages should be out of direct sunlight and drafts. Cages that are used to house pygmy hedgehogs are wooden vivariums to indoor rabbit cages. Anything made of wood would need extra venterlation otherwise can lead to overheating and glass should really be avoided as are too warm and have a lack of air circulation. The best cages are cages like the zoozone which is my recommended cage which has no outer grill which some hedgehogs have managed to climb and get their feet stuck.

It must be of reasonable size. 3ft by 18″ would be plenty to accommodate the wheel, bed and toys. Also don’t get cages with more than 1 level they may fall and injure themselves.

For the base of your cage avoid cedar shavings ad go for cloth liners, carpet fabrics or carpet.

For the litter tray non clumping / low dust and non centred litters should be used. I use wood based litters. As they do not bother, stick or eat this. Also use low litter trays or with open front for easy hedgehog access and once with no top. Place the litter tray under or as near to the wheel as possible as this is where they will most likely do most of their toilet business.

Avoid clays as it will stick to the hog and course lots of dust and paper as he may eat it.

The cage will need cleaned around 2 times a week whilst cleaning of the wheel may be daily as this is where they just seem to go to the toilet. don’t use chemical products to clean as this will upset your hog and possibly even make him sick, hot water and non centred pet cleaning products may be used

African Pygmy hedgehogs need plenty of exercise so a large wheel is needed. The best are 9″ or more in size, has no knobbles or gaps as pygmy hedgehog are known to get their feet stuck in them and which are silent. I use the giant 12″ rolly wheel for chinchillers and rats and the superpet silent spinner but with this one as soon as a clip breaks its useless as your pygmy hedgehog can then get his toes trapped between the two separate pieces. Something like the superpet run-around wheel is a definite no. But there is a hogwheel which I also use and is specially made for them.

In addition to a wheel pygmy hedgehogs need balls with no fluff that they can push around their cage and tunnels to prevent boredom. They will enjoy exploring and chewing on small toys for cats or ferrets containing bells.

Future Pairings / My Herd



pancake black pinto & cookie Algerian dark grey Europe black lines

peppa black snowflake & kiwi dark grey snowflake Europe dew/black lines


My Herd

name themes –

harry potter;  ginny, mineva, dolloris, harry, Gandalf, hermionie

sonic hedgehog; sonic, amy

weather; spring, winter, tsunami, summer, aurora

food; magnum, calipo, treacle, jelly bean, pancake, kiwi, popcorn, maltesa

charactors; female –  pingu, elsa, anna, conker, repunzell, snoow white, panda, princess Lia , cruella devil, malnificent

Jeannette, dathne, Wilma, velma, lisa simpson , lara croft, Gloria happy feet, nala, tinkerbell,  little miss, ariel, belle, Cinderella, Minnie mouse, smurfette, peepa pig, Kirby, toothless, peach, gizmo, odyseey, Eleanor,

 ;male- woody, buz, pumba, bauer, Harvey dent, thor, captain hook, simba, Alvin, theador, cookie monster, peter pan, bowser, mowgli,