Hedgehog Pet FAQ

How Much Do Hedgehogs Cost?

Buying Any Pet Requires not Only Having a Budget for it, but Also Its Things. Can You Afford It?

One of the first things to consider when thinking about getting a pet hedgehog is the expense of owning one.

The cost of your hedgehog will vary depending on the source you get it from and what color hedgehog you would like.

Believe it or not, the sex of the hedgehog typically does not make a price difference, but when buying from a breeder, color can make a huge difference!

It’s also essential to keep the costs of hedgehog care in mind. This can also vary depending on the supplies you choose for your habitat.


Read More: Preparing a Hedgehog Cage and Habitat.


So, we’ll take a look at the average cost of one in the United States to give you a reasonable estimate of how much you may be looking at paying in total.


This is not the final cost, but, on average, a hedgehog can cost anywhere between $150-$300.

If you do find one at a lower price, make sure to be very diligent in checking that it doesn’t have any health issues that are causing it to be sold at a low price.

Read More: Check out our “Questions to Ask Hedgehog Breeders” guides to ensure you’re getting a fabulous hedgehog.

How Much do Hedgehogs Cost From Breeders?

The price of hedgehogs from breeders varies depending on the individual hedgehog’s color.

It can be born with one of over 90 different colors. Here, I’ve grouped colors into larger categories.

The rarer the color, the more expensive it will be at most breeders. You may find some breeders, though, do charge the same price for all hedgehogs, regardless of color (typically $200 – $225)

The prices shown below are averages based on our research of pricing from many breeders across the country:

– Salt & Pepper (standard, most common color) – $150-$200

– Cinnamon (lighter version of salt & pepper) – $150-$200

– Apricot (light orange, red eyes)- $200 – $225

– Champagne (“blonde” color) – $200 – $225

– Pinto (patches of black and white)- $175 – $250

– Algerian – $175-$250

– Snowflake (mostly white quills) – $200-$275

– White (rare) – $250-$275

– Albino (white with red eyes – very rare) – $275-$300

– Black (very rare) – $275-$300

A couple of Notes

1- Please note that this is just an estimate and not final one. Each place has different standards, and therefore the price will vary.

2- I don’t promote the commercialization of exotic animals, so be mindful of where you buy and the restrictions.

To find out the specific cost of a hedgehog in your area, you may want to do a Google search for local hedgehog breeders and check out the fees on their websites.


What About the Cost From Pet Stores?

Hedgehogs can be found in limited pet stores around the country (in States where it is legal to buy and own hedgehogs) and are typically $150-$200. 

While this may be slightly less than a breeder in some cases, it is still a much safer bet to spend a small amount to get a healthy, well-cared-for hedgehog from a reputable breeder.

Do you own a hedgehog already? We’d love to hear what state you got your hedgehog from and if your hedgehog fell in these price ranges!

Thank you, Charlotte Hu Photography, for the hedgehog photo featured above!

12 thoughts on “How Much Do Hedgehogs Cost?

  • I always thought that pet hedgehogs cost a lot more because they are seen as “exotic” in a sense. It’s great to learn that I can actually afford one and will be looking to purchase one very soon. Thanks for your help on this one.

    • That’s great! Glad to hear that you may be a new hedgie owner 🙂

  • I got a female hedgehog from a friend and next thing I know she has 4 babies was not prepared any suggestions are welcome never had one before.

  • We got out female in CO, last year for $75… She was 8 months old… The breeder was getting out of the business & was just trying to get rid of everything… We are getting a boy soon from a friends son in law… We now live in FL…

    • I really want a sweet hedgehog to raise I live in NV. An we have none around this area, can you help me fine on at a good rate, will go to loving home. Thanks

  • I really want to purchase a hedgehog can anyone give me a good idea to where i could get one??

  • Hello I am from Indonesia, I think that hedgehogs are very very cheap in Indonesia. It’s about $30 – $100. And I have two hedgehogs. 🙂

  • I really want a hedgehog but I don’t think I wanna pay 200$ dollars for one ☹️

  • Hedgehogs need to be rescued from the shelter there is enough breeders that are over breeding them and there’s so many in the shelters it’s sickening. Actually kind of weird too because I thought they were very interesting unique creatures and people tend to keep interesting unique creatures. I rescued both of mine and did not pay a penny for each one of them. I love the rescue animals. And all the quirky, lovable craziness they bring! They have always been my weakness ❤️ … as if I need one? Lol I am from Maryland and have had mine for two years now. Boy and a girl. Sophia and Henry❤️

    • Hi Alli, thanks for sharing your story with all of us. I agree that rescuing is much better, and over breeding needs to stop. I wonder why is this the case?


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