How Much Does A Hedgehog Cost

Hedgehogs may be little creatures, but basically, they can be great additions to your home as pets. With a properly cared and tamed hedgehog at home, you can enjoy a fun and entertaining environment with your pet every now and then. This is without mentioning yet that hedgehogs are very unique pets.

But before you think about life with hedgehogs at home, know how much they cost today first. With their exotic properties, hedgehogs are a lot more expensive than hamsters and gerbils.

The Cost Of A Hedgehog

The typical cost of a hedgehog starts from $125 to $400.

This purchase includes one hedgehog, a pet carrier, some food, and a blanket. Purchasing a hedgehog from a qualified breeder will also mean you get a health certificate together with the purchase.

Factors That May Affect The Cost Of A Hedgehog

Variety. There are two varieties of hedgehogs. One is Algerian and the other is White-belly. The latter is cheaper as Algerian hedgehogs are usually priced around $25 higher than White-belly varieties.

Color. Hedgehogs are basically priced depending on their base color. The more unique the color of a hedgehog is, the more expensive it usually is priced. Algerian black and salt & pepper varieties are usually priced the most expensive when speaking of color alone. For prices per color, see the tables below.

Sex. Female hedgehogs are few in the breeding world of hedgehogs. Hence, they are often priced higher, which is usually $25 more than male hedgehogs.

Pattern. The spines of the hedgehogs form a pattern, which make these pets very unique. The better the pattern is, the more expensive the hedgehog is. Patterns that are common in hedgehogs are high snowflake, snowflake, white, high pinto, double white, and reverse pinto. High snowflake patterns are usually priced at $225 to $275 while those with a snowflake pattern ranges from $200 to $350. For more prices per pattern, see the tables below.

Facial markings. Facial marks make hedgehogs unique from one another. Those with unique facial marks can cost more. For price estimates per facial marking, see the tables below.

Additional Costs When Purchasing A Hedgehog

You need a cage for your hedgehog. The cage should at least be two square feet in size. Cages like this are available with prices starting from $60 to $160. Besides the cage, accessories are also necessary. You may need to get a hiding spot that can cost $0 if you use used boxes but will cost you from $15 to $20 extra if you use a plastic igloo. Other cage accessories you must get for your hedgehog are rodent wheels, beddings, toys, litter box, water bottle, scale, and the like.

Hedgehogs eat cat food. This will cost you $15 per small bag.

In time, you may need to get the help of a vet to take care of the health of your hedgehog. This can be an additional $30 to $60 per visit to the vet.

Cost Of Hedgehogs Per Color

Color

Price

Description

Algerian Black $250 to $350 Nose: blackEyes: black

Shoulder skin: dark black

Spines: cream

Banding: wide black to dark rust

Mask & ears: black

Belly & legs: extensive mottling

Salt & Pepper $250 to $350 Nose: blackEyes: black

Shoulder skin: dark black

Spines: white

Banding: black to grey

Mask & ears: black

Belly & legs: extensive mottling

Dark Grey $200  to $275 Nose: blackEyes: black

Shoulder skin: almost black

Spines: cream or white

Banding: black fading to light rust

Mask & ears: dark grey

Belly & legs: extensive mottling

Grey $200 to $250 Nose: blackEyes: black

Shoulder skin: grey

Spines: cream or white

Banding: narrow black to light rush

Mask & ears: grey

Belly & legs: some mottling

Chocolate $150 to $225 Nose: liver with pink blotchesEyes: black

Shoulder skin: grey

Spines: cream or white

Banding: chocolate or dark brown

Mask & ears: medium to light brown

Belly & legs:  some mottling

Brown $150 to $225 Nose: chocolate to liver with black blotchesEyes: black with light blue outer rings

Shoulder skin: grey to mostly pink

Spines: cream or white

Banding: light brown

Mask & ears: medium to light brown

Belly & legs: some mottling

Cinnamon $200 to $250 Nose: liver to pinkEyes: black with a hint of ruby red

Shoulder skin: light grey to pink

Spines: cream or white

Banding: rich to light cinnamon-orange

Mask & ears: light brown

Belly & legs: little to no mottling

Cinnicot $200 to $250 Nose: liver or pink with brownEyes: dark

Shoulder skin:

Spines: cream or white

Banding: cinnamon and apricot

Mask & ears: pale brown

Belly & legs: no mottling

Champagne $200 to $250 

 

 

 

 

 

Nose: liver or pinkEyes: ruby-red

Shoulder skin: light grey to pink

Spines: cream or white

Banding: mostly orange

Mask & ears: pale cheek patches

Belly & legs: no mottling

Apricot $200 to $275 Nose: pinkEyes: ruby-red

Shoulder skin: pink

Spines: cream or  white

Banding: pale orange or orange-beige

Mask & ears: pale cheek patches

Belly & legs: no mottling

Pale Apricot $200 to $275 Nose: pinkEyes: ruby-red to pink

Shoulder skin: pink

Spines: white

Banding: pale orange-yellow

Mask & ears: no color

Belly & legs: no mottling

Albino  $125 to $200 Nose: pinkEyes: pink

Shoulder skin: pink

Spines: white

Banding: none

Mask & ears: no color

Belly & legs: no mottling

Source: Dream Flower Meadows

Cost Of Hedgehogs Per Pattern

Pattern

Price

Description

Snowflake $200 to $250 fairly even distribution of solid white spines and banded pines
High Snowflake $225 to $275 has at least 80 percent solid white spines
White $250 to $350 has almost 100 percent solid white spines
Double White $275 to $375 has 100 percent solid white spines, with no spines that are banded
Pinto $200 to $250 has white patches or spots on less than 50 percent of the body
High Pinto $225 to $350 has more than 50 percent of its body covered by all-white patches or spots
Reverse Pinto $225 to $275 has more than 75 percent of its body covered by all-white patches and the rest of the body covered by colored patches
Overo Pinto $275 to $300 has more than 50 percent of the body covered with colored spines but the color is mostly black and white spots or stripes

Source: Dream Flower Meadows 

Cost Of Hedgehogs Per Facial Markings

Facial Mark

Price

Description

Half-mask/Split Face $250 to $350 only half of the face has a mask
Partial Blaze $250 to $350 has a white stripe that extends to the mask but does not go all the way to the nose
Full Blaze $275 to $375 has a white stripe extending to the mask going all the way to the nose
Wide Blaze $300 to $400 almost similar to Full Blaze only that the white stripe is wider
Eye Patch $250 to $350 has a distinct dark circle or circles around the eyes but the rest of the hedgehog’s face is white
Raccoon Eyes $225 to $275 the pattern divides the mask around the eyes, which resembles the markings of raccoons

Source: Dream Flower Meadows

Tips Before You Decide To Get A Hedgehog

Make sure that you are prepared in terms of owning a hedgehog. This is in terms of not only your financial capacity but as well as your knowledge on the proper care and handling of this kind of pet. Your readiness towards owning a hedgehog will help you in building a good relationship with such an exotic pet.

Always get your hedgehog from a USDA-licensed breeder. A good breeder that is accredited by the USDA will ensure you that the hedgehog you are purchasing is cultured properly.

Before purchasing a hedgehog, make sure there is a good vet in your area that deals with this kind of animals. With such an expensive pet, you must ensure that there will be someone who can attend to the needs of your pet when the need arises.

If you want to save money on purchasing a hedgehog, you can consider adopting one from an animal shelter.

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