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Guidelines for breeders in the U.S.

Minimum requirements to register for herd initials as a recognized breeder:

  • You must be 18 or older to apply for herd initials.  It is unlawful for minors to enter any contract or agreement.
  • Minimum of 1 year of hedgehog breeding experience.
    Hedgehog breeding experience is defined as actual time producing offspring and does not include time spent owning hedgehogs as pets.  The experience must be with hedgehogs specifically.   The breeding of sugar gliders, chinchillas, etc. will not be considered in your experience.
  • You must provide your the following information.
    - Full name
    - Full address, including city, state and zip (not published on this website)
    - Business name
    - Desired 4 character initials

     

Licensed Breeders:  A legible copy of your current USDA certificate is required to be listed as a USDA licensed breeder.  Without this, you will be listed as hobby.

Hobby Breeders:  A letter of recommendation from your mentor¹ stating that you have been breeding for at least 1 year and have the necessary experience.  Hobby breeders are defined as a hedgehog breeder with 4 or fewer females.
¹  Mentors are required to have hedgehog breeder herd initials through AHC or IHR.

Guidelines for breeders in Canada

Minimum requirements to register for herd initials as a recognized breeder:

  • You must be 18 or older to apply for herd initials.  It is unlawful for minors to enter any legal contract or agreement.
  • 1 year of hedgehog breeding experience.
    Hedgehog breeding experience is defined as actual time producing offspring and does not include time spent owning hedgehogs as pets.  The experience must be with hedgehogs specifically.   The breeding of sugar gliders, chinchillas, etc. will not be considered in your experience.
  • You must provide your the following information (in English)
    - Full name
    - Full address, including city, state and zip (not published on this website)
    - Business name
    - Desired 4 character initials
    A copy of your legal permit or business license as required by your province or territory.

Not Eligible?

ALL NEW BREEDERS WHO ARE NOT CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR INITIALS are strongly advised to sell to pet homes only for their first year.  All offspring produced by new and unassigned breeders will be labeled SPB (small private breeder) which is a designation used for all new breeders.  This will be on the offspring’s pedigree permanently and cannot be changed once you have been assigned initials, as the lineage on pedigrees cannot be altered once issued.  Only offspring produced after you have officially received initials will have your herd initials listed on their pedigrees.

Please read the following carefully before completing the application

  • Ensure that you are selecting 4 character initials that are not already in use.
  • Please ensure that you have made a FINAL decision about your business name.
  • Please ensure that you have made a FINAL decision about your initials.  Once your submission has been accepted/registered, NO CHANGES will be made.
  • No breeder may have multiple initials.  Each breeder will be assigned one set of initials only.
  • If you fail to give the information requested, you will not be registered and we will not contact you to tell you that you have not been registered.
  • If we find that you have given false information in an attempt to attain initials, you will not be registered and we will not contact you to tell you that you have not been registered.
  • If the we learn that you knowingly gave false information to attain initials, your info will be removed from this website.  The initials will remain listed and cannot be reassigned to any other breeder but the AHC will no longer endorse you as a recognized breeder on this website.  It is possible that you will be permanently banned depending on the nature of the false information.

NOTICE:  If you have already received your approval and need to contact us, please reply to the approval email.  WHEN RESPONDING TO US, please DO NOT change the subject line in the email as this will likely cause your email to end up in the spam folder.  Thanks!

It is required that ALL applicants complete this application.