Why Are Hedgehogs Expensive?
- The average pet hedgehog is much more expensive than the average pet guinea pig, hamster, or rabbit. Hedgehogs are exotic animals; exotic or rare animals of all kinds are typically more expensive than average pets or livestock.
- Hedgehogs are relatively expensive to breed and sell. Very few breeders or retailers are willing to raise animals at a loss and so their expenses are reflected in the price of the animal.
- Hedgehogs have unique care and handling requirements. A good breeder or retailer will spend a considerable amount of time educating his/her customer about these requirements. Part of the price of an animal is the time required to breed and sell that animal.
- Exotic animal breeders and retailers are required to have a USDA license. This license requires additional time, effort, and expense on their part. Again, those costs must be passed on in the price of the animal.
- Our Becoming a Breeder guide goes into more detail about some of the risks and challenges breeders face.