HBoA members are a cut above. We welcome hedgehog breeders that are USDA licensed as well as unlicensed hobby breeders who operate within USDA guidelines and their local laws and regulations. We screen applicants before offering membership because we do not condone unethical operations such as mills, back-yard-breeders, flippers and breeders who fail to track pedigrees.
Our goal is to promote education as well as mutual respect and accountability among reputable breeders. The betterment of the species should always be the first priority of any breeder.
By holding conferences annually, we provide a much needed platform of information sharing. We appreciate the attendance of our members at these events and hope to continue a long-standing relationship among the entire hedgehog breeding community.
MEMBERSHIP ADVANTAGES: Member only events. Member only social media groups. Discounts and promotions from our chosen venues. Perks and prizes at HBoA conferences. Sales opportunities and free advertising at HBoA conferences and on this website. The opportunity to build working relationships and share a wealth of knowledge with other members. The inside track with information about hedgehog health and husbandry. An official logo for your website to show that you are an official HBoA member.
MEMBERSHIP FEE: There is no membership fee at this time.
MEMBERSHIP TERMS: - Members must be 18 years of age or older. - Members must not have a prior or current conviction for animal abuse. - Members are expected to offer adequate husbandry to all hedgehogs in their care. This includes temperatures, diet, housing and veterinary care. - Members must obtain and maintain all required local, regional, and federal licensing. - Members who are new/inexperienced breeders are strongly encouraged to have a mentor. - Members must not falsify or misrepresent documents, lineage, or the health of any hedgehog. - Member must keep and track pedigrees for all breeding animals and their offspring. - Members must not knowingly breed a hedgehog with a life-threatening and hereditary health issue. - Members are expected to be knowledgeable and practice ethical breeding standards including proper breeding age and rest periods for females. - Members must not inbreed as defined by HBoA. Line breeding as defined by HBoA is not condoned but is not prohibited. - Members must not offer/sell a hedgehog to a resident of a location where hedgehogs are illegal. - Members must not offer/sell an unhealthy hedgehog without fully disclosing the health issues, and all care required, to the recipient. - Members must offer post-sale support and basic care information to all buyers. - Members must have a clear and concise policy regarding guarantee, returns, refunds or replacements.
GLOSSARY: NEW/INEXPERIENCED BREEDER - This term most often refers to someone who has recently begun keeping and breeding the species. However, it may also apply to those who have kept and bred for years if their breeding herd was small scale. For example: If a breeder has been breeding for 2 years and has 50-60 breeding animals, they will likely have a higher level of experience than a breeder who has been breeding for 5 years but only has 8-10 breeding animals. MENTOR - A proper mentor is defined by HBoA as someone who: -Has a superior level of experience and knowledge about the species. -Follows laws and regulations that pertain to them and the animals in their care. -Provides outstanding husbandry and all necessary/required veterinary care to the animals in their care. -Is highly ethical in their breeding choices and chooses pairings that will likely improve the species. -Refrains from breeding rescues, animals with no known lineage, animals that are unhealthy or carry undesirable & inheritable (or likely inheritable) traits. -Is honest with themselves and others about recognizing and avoiding undesirable traits. -Lends themselves willingly to help others improve their education regarding the species. INBREEDING - This term is used to refer to breeding closely related animals, ie. breeding an animal with an animal that is related within the first 3 generations of their own lineage; or breeding an animal that has the same or very similar lineage to it's own. An example of inbreeding would be, breeding an animal to its: sibling - full or half | parent or grandparent | aunt/uncle, great-aunt/uncle | 1st cousins LINE BREEDING - This term refers to breeding an animal to a distantly related animal, ie. breeding an animal with an animal that is related beyond the first 3 generations of their own lineage. An example of line breeding would be, breeding an animal to its: great grandparent, great-great grandparent, etc . | 2nd cousin, 3rd cousin, etc. | great-great aunt/uncle, great-great-great aunt/uncle, etc.