Healthy, Friendly Hedgehogs Start Here!

New England’s Best Since 2012

We breed exceptionally healthy hedgehogs from far reaching blood-lines. We also maintain detailed records of all of our animals.
We offer a complete selection of attractively priced supplies and accessories. It’s important to us that you and your new pet get off to a great start.
Heading on vacation? We offer boarding services for small animals. Full service boarding is offered at $10 per day / $50 per week.

If you love hedgehogs, you belong here.

Here at Granite State Hedgehogs we are building a brighter future! As a husband and wife team, we’ve been professionally breeding these amazing little creatures since 2012 and have been hedgehog owners for a combined 16 years! We have a passion for hedgehogs and are fully committed to raising the healthiest, friendliest hedgehogs around. Our combined efforts and team work have made it possible to create “Granite State Hedgehogs”, establishing an excellent breeding program and a top class facility just for them! We supply hedgehogs to zoo’s, educational programs and people just like you. We hope that you’ll enjoy the information found on our site and look forward to pairing you with your very own hedgehog.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via live chat or phone.

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Come Visit Us

Granite State Hedgehogs
406 Central Street
Franklin, NH 03235
603-852-6015

Store Hours

Tuesday - Friday 
9 AM - 5 PM

Saturday
10 AM - 4 PM

Sunday - Monday
Closed

Available Babies

Our babies are priced by color, markings, gender and sometimes temperament. We take photos in the best possible lighting. Once you reserve a baby, he/she will go out of stock. Deposits are $50 and go directly towards the purchase price shown.

If you have any questions regarding our babies please let us know 🙂

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The Ultimate Cage Setup

Ultimate Cage Setup

Our all-inclusive Ultimate Cage Setup has everything you'll need for your new prickly pal. All of the included supplies included in our kits have been hedgehog tried, tested and approved!

What Is A Hedgehog?

Hedgehogs are remarkably cute little animals. Their backs are covered with prickly spines and their bellies are soft and furry. When threatened or scared they roll into a tight ball. When relaxed their spines lay almost flat. They make a great beginner exotic pet as they are easy to care for and just plain fun. Despite their impressive display of little spines they can be quite friendly, and when they feel secure, their little quills feel like a hairbrush. Hedgehogs love to explore and run around. They also love critter balls and it’s a great way to keep them in shape. Our baby hedgehogs start weaning from mom at around 5 weeks of age and are then handled daily and socialized when they are sent to their new homes at 6-8 weeks old.
What exactly is a hedgehog? No they are not porcupines. They look very similar, but they are not related at all. African pygmy hedgehogs are insectivore opportunist mammals, not rodents like porcupines. A hedgehog's closest relative is actually the shrew. An average African Pygmy Hedgehog will fit in an adult man's cupped hand weighing between 1/2lb to 2lbs in weight. African Pygmy hedgehogs have a thick coat of spines, varying in color. There is no fur under the spines, but soft white or dark fur covers the belly, neck, face, and legs. Sight is relatively poor, but hearing, smell, and taste are well developed in most pet hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are easy going, non-aggressive and not attention seekers. They are great pets that can be handled by anyone. Well-adjusted hedgehogs go to strangers with ease. If you are going on vacation for a week they normally won’t be depressed or angry. When you come back they will willingly go to you as if you never left. They are easy to keep as pets, all the supplies you need can be found right in our online shop and/or picked up in store. They can make good "first" pets for kids with adult supervision.

Hedgehog Waiting Lists

Looking for that perfect baby hedgehog for the holidays? Look no further! Our Holiday Waiting List guarantees you a baby just in time for Christmas. We usually sell out on spots by mid-November. Don't miss your opportunity to signup. (lmited spots remaining.)

Hedgehog Basics

Lifespan: Up to 5 - 10 years

Diet: Our babies are sent home on Fromm - Gold Adult Cat food. We've chosen Fromm for their commitment to quality nutritional value. It is a complete diet and there is no need for supplements. We free-feed our hedgehogs, offering them 1/4 of a cup of food per day. Available through our site and at pickup.

Size at Adulthood: Healthy hedgehogs can range in weight from 1/2 lb to 2lbs, about the size of a softball. In comparison they are close in size to guinea pigs.

Captive Environments: Hedgehogs should be provided a cage that is draft free but allows airflow, easy to clean and escape proof. We use guinea pig style wire cages with plastic bottoms.

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How To Care For A Hedgehog

Habitat: There are many options to choose from, we personally use and recommend guinea pig style habitat wire cages, with plastic bottoms. All of our babies are gravity-fed water bottle trained. They'll also need a food dish. For bedding, we recommend the use of recycled paper beddings such as CareFresh or Clean & Cozy. This tends to be the safest option since they are processed and do not pose the same risks as natural wood-based beddings. They will need a hideout, appropriate flat-bottomed running wheel, toys and an proper heat setup. We sell complete hedgehog cage setups which can be picked up in store or delivered with your baby.

Their bedding should be changed at least every 5-7 days. When washing their cage, avoid any harsh chemicals. We personally use Dawn dish liquid to wash our cages. Hedgehogs require baths about 1-2 times per month using warm water, baby shampoo and a soft-bristled tooth brush.  Inspect your hedgehogs toe nails and trim as needed (usually 1-2 times per month). You can cut their nails with cat nail trimmers. 

Since hedgehogs naturally are foraging animals, they like to walk around and will need a form of exercise. We personally use 12 inch flat-bottomed running wheels which work great in helping them keep up with their routine. Inspect your hedgehogs for toe nail trimmings, you can clip long nails with baby finger nail clippers.  Exercise does not necessarily mean running on a wheel only. Hedgehogs also need activities, and enrichment. This is done by foraging, inspecting surroundings, exploring, and encountering new smells & objects. I like to set up play areas for them. I change the placement of hide houses, scatter food in different areas/corners, and also I move the actual play area from time to time. Hedgehogs love exploring and they always seem like they are on a mission to explore and have fun in their play pen. Your hedgehog would enjoy several hours of play each evening in the pen. Hedgehogs are solitary and once they reach maturity they must be housed separately. However if two females are raised together we find they will live together with little to no aggression as adults.

Diet: Our babies are sent home on Fromm - Gold Adult Cat food. We've chosen Fromm for their commitment to quality nutritional value. It is a complete diet and there is no need for supplements. We free-feed our hedgehogs, offering them 1/4 of a cup of food per day. Available through our site and at pickup.

Food: Hedgehogs are ominvorous insectivores and should be fed an appropriate diet. Their diest should consist of a high-quality cat kibble. Optionally, you can supplement with dead or live insects and small amounts of frutis and vegetables. Feeding hedgehogs too much fruit can cause loose stool, and hedgehogs do not seem to like many vegetables. We have a fantastic write-up on food selection along with recommendations in the Recommended Foods Section.

Handling: Hedgehogs are solitary by nature and require daily handling to build a strong desirable bond. Generally speaking, the more that you handle your hedgehogs, the freindlier he/she will be. Since they suffer from poor eyesiight, it can be a good idea to place a worn article of clothing inside your hedgehog's cage to help him/her associate your smell as something safe. This will go a long way to making your hedgehog feel safe around you. While most hedgehogs are noctournal, African Pygmy Hedgehogs have been domesticated since the early 50's and as such have adopted more of a diurinal schedule being up for part of the day and night.  At night, typically when all the lights go off hedgehogs come alive! This is the time they would prefer to be handled and played with. This is also the time for them to go into their play pens.

Actual holding and touching a hedgehog can be challenging at first but will quickly become an easy task to achieve. Yes they have sharp spines, however they are easy to handle and even novice owners will be playing and holding their babies in no time. As your hedgehog gets older, their spines will soften as they grow in their adult coat.

Frequently Asked Questions