There are many different breeds of hedgehogs. While these non domesticated hedgehogs are native mainly to Europe, England, Africa, and Asia. They are not native to North America but are imported from these countries in the pet trade. But when it comes to domesticated hedgehogs the choices are very limited due to the fact that they have only been domesticated since the 1980s. The different domesticated breeds are;
The African Pygmy Hedgehog. You may hear this type of hedgehog referred to as manyother names, which stands to reason, since the African Pygmy Hedgehog is actually whatis known as a hybrid, a mix of other breeds of hedgehogs, such as the four toed hedgehogor the white-bellied hedgehog. Among the African Species of hedgehogs, you will find thefour-toed hedgehog, which is also known as the white-bellied hedgehog, the Algerianhedgehog, the Somali hedgehog, the South African hedgehog, the Ethiopian hedgehog,and the Egyptian hedgehog, which is also referred to as the long-eared hedgehog. All ofthese hedgehogs are domesticated. (Allpetsco.com)
While these hedgehogs are common as domesticated pets in North America, they are not native to this country. Among the European species of hedgehogs there are the, brown- breasted hedgehog, and the white-breasted hedgehog which is also sometimes known as the white-bellied hedgehog. However,these particular breeds are only found in Eastern Europe.
The Asian species of hedgehogs include the, Central Chinese hedgehog (Hugh’s hedgehog), the Chinese hedgehog (Amur hedgehog), the Indian hedgehog, the Southern Indian hedgehog, and the Daurian hedgehog.
Though whether domesticated or wild there are a few things that all hedgehogs have in common. All hedgehogs have spines which are made stiff by keratin though they are not poisonous like the porcupines quills. All hedgehogs have 5 toes on their fore paws and 4 toes on their back paws. And all hedgehogs are solitary creatures which means they do not have to have the company of other hedgehog companions to survive.