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USDA licensed breeders of pedigreed African Pygmy Hedgehogs

At Fairhaven Hedgehogs, we  strive  to produce healthy and beautiful hedgehogs with excellent temperaments! We currently have SIXTY ONE   hedgehogs in our home and breeding program. We have a fully heated "hedgehog room" in our home, where all of our hedgehogs currently reside. We will be expanding our hedgehog room soon to fit even more hedgehogs!   We hope to  become one of the biggest and  best reputable breeders of African Pygmy Hedgehogs in Illinois.  
We are USDA licensed, and have been breeding African Pygmy Hedgehogs since January 2016. But we have owned hedgehogs as pets since  2012, so we are not lacking in the knowledge and experience department. We absolutely LOVE what we do, and we  always make ourselves available to answer any questions that may come up during hedgehog ownership when you purchase your prickly pet from us!

Our babies are handled daily when they're old enough to ensure that they will be extra friendly pets for everyone in the home to enjoy! Handling and socialization  usually starts between  10-14 days old, when moms allow. The adult hedgehogs in our breeding program are also handled very regularly.  We  breed  for health and temperament first and foremost, so all of our adults have friendly demeaners and are free of diseases. We stand behind each and every hedgehog produced by us! So with each hoglet purchased we offer a one year congenital health guarantee (any health problems passed down from parents to offspring), a 72 hour "buyer protection" health guarantee, and a lifetime guarantee  against Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome.

Every hedgehog that we   own and breed is pedigreed. The genepool for hedgehogs is shockingly small, and this is why tracking pedigrees is so   extremely important!  I only breed pedigreed hedgehogs so that I can be absolutely certain  that, to the best of my knowledge, there are  no health issues from anyone in the family tree that could potentially be passed onto their offspring.  It also ensures that no in-breeding is ever done.  Only breeding hedgehogs that are pedigreed is for the betterment of the species as a whole. Breeding pedigreed hedgehogs guarantees that quality and superior hedgehogs are produced,  which should be a goal for EVERYONE that is breeding hedgehogs  (whether you are a "hobby breeder" or USDA licensed). Approved breeders that purchase from us   will receive their pedigree free of charge. We   ONLY offer pedigrees to other USDA licensed breeders  (or hobby breeders we   work closely with)  to ensure that our   hedgehogs are not bred irresponsibly. 

 I am always willing to  help anyone out  who is genuinely  interested in getting into breeding hedgehogs. It is no small task, and should be taken VERY seriously! There is a lot of hard work involved in being an ethical and responsible breeder. We may be   newer to the breeding world of hedgehogs but we can always   answer questions and give advice to the best of our   knowledge/ability. If you are honest with us   about your intentions about wanting to breed one of our hedgehogs you intend to purchase, we   are   willing to discuss breeding rights and pedigrees with you! I would rather teach someone the correct way to do things when it comes to breeding, rather than have someone be afraid to ask me questions and do it without my knowledge.

MENTORING:  I am only currently mentoring a VERY SELECT few new people that are interested in seriously getting into responsible breeding. I do not mentor often AT ALL, and I likely won't mentor YOU. You must know the basics before inquiring about mentoring. Please visit our "So you want to become a hedgehog breeder?" questionnaire page. If you are interested in being mentored by me or would like me to suggest a mentor for you,  or if you are a new breeder I am not familiar with that wants to purchase from me you must fill out this questionnaire!!!