- 1. The word "hedgehog" or
"African pygmy hedgehog" in this registry shall be
understood as referring to any domestic hedgehog of the species
atelerix albiventris or atelerix algirus, or a hybrid of the two
species, regardless of age, gender, or any other condition or
feature. Other species may be registered, but this difference should
be noted on the application so that we can track this trend. At
present, no other species is known to be domesticated in significant
- 2. The word "animal" or
"animals" shall be understood to refer to hedgehogs as
defined above. Other species may be added at a later time should
their presence be noted.
- 3. The "breeder" of a
hedgehog is the registered owner or lessee of the dam at the time of
- 4. The word "antecedent" is
used to denote ancestors, such as parents, grandparents,
great-grandparents, and so on.
- 5. The term "First
Generation" refers to any hedgehog with no registered
- 1. The IHR will recognize for
registration any variety of hedgehog that is domestically raised as
- 2. Any animal may be registered with
the IHR by completeing a registration form and submitting the
required fee. One does not need to be a member of the IHR to
register an animal; however, members will receive a discount on the
Registration Books and Qualifications
- 1. Each animal must have a proper
name. Alpha-numerical codes are not permitted.
- 2. If the IHA chooses to retire a
name, no future animals may be registered as such.
- 3. Registered names may not exceed 20
characters, including spaces or other symbols, and not including
suffix or preffix codes.
- 4. Names may be composed of any
letters of the english alphabet, numbers 0 - 9, apostrophies ('),
hyphens (-), amperstands (&), exclamation or question marks (!
or ?), and spaces. No other characters may be used.
- 5. Names must be in good taste.
- 6. The person that owned/leased the
mother of the hedgehog that was bred at the time of its conception
becomes the breeder prefix to the animal's name. The breeder that
owns the hedgehog is the suffix to the animal's name. Unless there
is more than one hedgehog with the same prefix and name, the suffix
is optional. Official names with prefixes and suffixes are mainly
for purposes of record keeping and identification of breeder and
owner associated with a hedgehog in a show. (Example: Tig runs
Hedgehog Valley and owns two hedgehogs that parent a litter. A baby
from this litter is sold to Stasi of Alaska Hedgehogs and given the
name of "Burrwin". This hedgehog's full name is
"Hedgehog Valley's Burrwin of Alaska Hedgehogs", or
abbreviated, "HHV Burrwin of AKH". If Stasi then sells
Burrwin to "John Doe" a pet owner with no herd name, the
hedgehog's full name is then Hedgehog Valley's Burrwin of John Doe.
Full names such as "John Doe" cannot be abbreviated.).
While this may be confusing, it helps us distinguish between
multiple animals with the same name.
- 7. An animal's name may include only
one herd name prefix and one herd name suffix. When the owner is
changed, the suffix will be changed, as noted previously.
- 8. Once registered, a breeder name
prefix may not be changed unless it is an animal whose origin is
originally unknown, and new information as to the origin is
- 9. In order to change a suffix, an
update form must be submitted. Updates are free, but new
certificates will be issued at the standard cost of registration
- 1. There are Two Registration Books
kept by the IHR. These are the Litter Registration Book and the Variety Book:
- A. Litter Registration Book - This
chronicles the reported litters of registered animals. In order for
litters to be included, the following criteria must be met:
- 1. Parents must be registered with
the IHR. Exception given in cases of unknown fathers only.
- 2. Only the breeder of the litter
(the owner or leasee of the dam at the time of conception) may
register a litter.
- 3. All litters will be considered
"trackable", unless noted as "lost". To prevent
"lost" statuses, breeders are encouraged to pre-register
litters when the babies are between 2 and 3 weeks old. Breeders will
then be given Litter Registration/Transfer Certificates for the new
owners to complete. The transfer information may be transmitted to
IHR via mail or email, to complete the registration.
- 4. A litter is considered trackable
when approximately 3/4ths of the litter has individuals that are
accounted for. Individuals are considered accounted for by
considering various criteria including but not limited to:
- a. The animal is later shown at IHA
- b. Updated animal photographs are
available on request (eg: photos of when a baby, photos of them as
an adult etc.)
- c. Litters are registered as parented
by the animal.
- d. Transfer of Ownership slips are
sent to the IHR with new owner's contact information and signature.
- e. Updates on the animal's health or
date of death are sent in to the IHR.
- 5. A lost litter is determined by
various criteria including but not limited to:
- a. breeder or owner of the litter
reports it as such (eg: babies were cannibalized; breeder reports
majority wholesaled etc.)
- b. No updates for the animals are sent
in over a several year period (eg: a litter of hedgehogs that never is
reported upon any ownership changes, health conditions and/or when
- c. breeder claims to keep the entire
litter but can not show their club officers the animals the animals to
- d. unusually high number of transfer
agreements and other updates from individuals or entities that can not
be contacted; falsified contact/transfer/registration information;
"new owners" report not having pets when contacted, and
other patterns of incongruous information.
- e. patterns of unusually small litters
or litters with large number of reported stillborns with no
accountable lethalities or environmental influences (such repeated
occurrences raise suspicion of falsified registration information). In
such cases, the breeder maybe requested to provide additional
information to clarify the matter.
- B. Variety Book- This chronicles
- 1. Any hedgehog may be registered.
- 2. Animal must be alive at time of
registration. An exception to this will be made until 12/31/03, in
order to allow breeders time to update their pedigree lines.
- 3. Only the current owner of the animal
may register it.
- 4. Owners are expected to transfer
ownership if there are any changes. Transfer may be done by email or
mail. New certificates will be issued at the standard certificate
- 5. Animals with fewer than 4
complete generations of registered antecedents will receive a letter
designating the level of registration in the pedigree. The letter
designations will be as follows:
- A = no registered parents, or at least
one parent is not registered.
- B = both parents are registered, but at
least one grandparent is not.
- C = all parents and grandparents are
registered, but at least one great-grandparent is not.
- D = all parents and great grandparents
are registered, but at least one great-great grandparent is not.
- No letter = all antecendents through
great-grandparents are registered.
- 2. Honesty: The person registering the
animal or herd name is expected to be honest in their representation
and claims of ownership of the herd and animal, as well as the
variety, gender, lineage, temperament and health of animals. Any
person found to have purposefully falsified information shall be
disciplined such as through suspending or revoking eligibility to
register animals, removing questionable animals from the database
without refund, or other discipline seen to be appropriate by the IHR
- 1. Herd names may be permanently
registered with the IHR upon written application.
- 2. Herd name, letters, characters and
spaces combined, may not exceed thirty characters.
- 3. Abbreviations or orthographic
variations of registered herd names are not permitted.
- 4. Registered herd names and
abbreviations may not be used for another herd.
- 5. Herd names must differ by at least 3
characters from any already registered herd name.
- 6. Pluralization's, and common
abbreviations may not count towards this difference (eg: "n"
used in place of "and" still counts as "and")
- 7. Only one herd name per herd
registration (not counting any co-ownerships); Additional
registrations to be charged separately. (Example, Joe has his herd
registered with the IHR as "Amazing Hedgies". Ann has been
working with him, so he has Ann listed as a co-owner. This way, Ann is
able to register her babies under the Amazing Hedgies name, as can
Joe. Ann then decides to register her own herd as "Ann's Hedgies".
This requires Ann to register Ann's Hedgie's separately.