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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.
  • 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 (not published)
    - Business name
    - Desired 4 character initials
  • A copy of your current USDA certificate if you are a licensed breeder
  • A letter of recommendation from your mentor if you are a hobby breeder of less than 3 years experience.
    It is not required that your mentor be a member of AHC but must have herd registered initials from either AHC or IHR.

NOTE:  If you do not currently meet the minimum requirements, you may apply for initials once you have met the requirements.

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 (not published)
    - Business name
    If you wish to keep certain information private you need only make that known when applying and the info will not be published on this website.
  • A copy of your legal permit or business license as required by your province or territory.

NOTE:  If you do not currently meet the minimum requirements, you may apply for initials once you have met the requirements.

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.  Only offspring produced after you have officially received initials will have your herd initials listed on their pedigrees.

Please read the following carefully

  • 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 the AHC learns 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.

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!

Herd Initials Application

It is required that all applicants complete the application.