About Hedgie List Breeder Reference

Hello and thank you for your interest in participating in the Pedigree Resource!


The purpose of the Hedgie List Pedigree Resource is to help breeders and individuals keep true and accurate information for their animals. The goal is for breeders to work together to ensure that true and accurate information is shared between breeders and with customers.

The Hedgie List Pedigree Resource is purely informational related to pedigrees only. Breeders can only access information regarding pedigrees associated with their herd initials found in the prefix or suffix of an animal’s name.

Both Participating and Affiliate members have a shared interest in the accuracy and integrity of their pedigrees. Members agree to verify animals they produce and sell as a mutual courtesy to other breeders.

Data entry mistakes can easily happen even to the most diligent record keepers. The purpose of the Pedigree Resource is not to criticize or ridicule breeders that have made errors. However, when a mistake is found regarding the sire or dam of an animal that changes a pedigree, members of the group all need to have the opportunity to correct the mistake in their pedigree program. Pedigree altering changes are announced in a members only Facebook Group.

Viewing Animals Within Hedgie List Pedigree Resource

Participating breeders will have full view of all animals associated with their herd initials in the prefix or suffix.

Affiliate breeders will need a Hedgie List Resource (HLR) number for the animal associated with the animal associated with their herd initials in the prefix or suffix.

For example: TUV Sonic is out of XYZ Spike TUV and TUV Lulu. Participating Breeder TUV would see all three animals in the herd list. TUV would only be able to see the parents of XYZ Spike TUV via the pedigree of TUV Sonic.

Affiliate Breeder XYZ would need the HLR number of XYZ Spike TUV to view the pedigree.

The online pedigrees are dynamic meaning one can navigate through generations but one must have a starting animal associated with their herd initials. In this example both Participating breeder TUV and Affiliate breeder XYZ would be able to view all prior generations of XYZ Spike TUV. Affiliate breeder XYZ would not be able to see the offspring of XYZ Spike TUV.

Both Affiliate and Participating breeders can review pedigrees as often as they choose because animals within the system are verified and data is added on a regular basis.

Breeders of Distinction

All Breeders of Distinction are uniquely identified in Hedgie List Pedigree Resource. Former use of a generic SPB is not an acceptable breeder identification in this resource. All breeders that are unknown are identified as UNK.

Small Private Breeder

Defined by SPB-State Initials-Breeder Initials ex. SPB-TN-YZ

Primarily sells to individuals. A small private breeder sells less than 10 animals as breeding stock to other breeders in a two year time frame. Animals sold to other breeders must be registered with Hedgie List Pedigree Resource for verification purposes.

Annual listing fee for Small Private Breeder as a Supporting Member of Hedgie List without participation in the Pedigree Resource $20.

Large Public Breeders

Defined by three or four letter Herd Initials ex. WXYZ

Large Public Breeders (LPB) are known to use three letter, four letter herd initials, or have changed from three to four letter herd initials. For the purpose of Hedgie List Pedigree Resource a breeder can choose to use either the established three-letter designation OR to change to a four-letter herd initial assignment. For example, if XYH Hedgehogs has used the herd initials XYH for years and wishes to continue using the same XYH designation, XYH will be the herd initials assigned within Hedgie List Pedigree Resource. Should XYH choose to use a four-letter designation of XYHH the change will be made within the system for free one time. Should XYHH choose to revert back to XYH a $100.00 conversion fee will be charged to the breeder.

For the purpose of the HIL the herd initials used within Hedgie List Pedigree Resource will be the primary herd initials. In the example above where XYHH was formerly XHY, XYH is listed as an a.k.a.

Consistent use of herd initials is critical to the search features of the Hedgie List Pedigree Resource.

All new LBP breeders will be assigned a four letter herd designation that is not already being used by another breeder.

There is no charge to for a SPB breeder member to convert to LPB herd initials.  The SPB herd initials designation will become an aka for use as a reference.

One of the following criteria must be met to be assigned designated four letter herd initials through Hedgie List.

Minimum of nine or more litters a year. Breeders with five producing females must be USDA licensed. One baby from each of the nine litters must be registered with Hedgie List Pedigree Resource for verification purposes.

Sells to both individuals and breeders. A Large Public Breeder sells at least 10 animals as breeding stock to other breeders in a two year time frame. Animals sold to other breeders must be registered with Hedgie List Pedigree Resource for verification purposes.

USDA Licensed. This is a requirement for anyone owning five or more adult females at any given point of time.

Minimum of 20 registered animals in Pedigree Resource. A minimum or 20 existing or newly added animals associated with respective herd initials in Hedgie List Pedigree Resource database. A list of registered animals in the system is available upon request.  Please refer to Levels of Participation chart for pricing details.

Herd Initials Assigned by NAHHI. NAHHI and The Hedgie List are unified in our goals of improving the quality of hedgehog pedigrees in North America and promoting ethical breeding practices. Having slightly different purposes, NAHHI and The Hedgie List have some differences in criteria for assigning herd initials, but have a reciprocal agreement that initials assigned by one will be accepted by the other, and listed with both organizations. Neither NAHHI nor The Hedgie List have a reciprocal relationship with any other organization assigning herd initials and are under no obligation to accept or acknowledge herd initials assigned by any other entity.


**Herd initials for Large Public Breeders are assigned for life and cannot be used by any other breeder.

Annual listing fee for Large Public Breeders  as a Supporting Member of Hedgie List without participation in the Pedigree Resource $40.


  • PET (Pet – no breeding rights)
  • PST (Pet Store)
  • AUC (Auction)
  • SPB (Small Private Breeder)
  • SPP (Single/Small Private Person)
  • PVT (Private Registration – breeding rights)

For the sake of consistency and flow in pedigree PST, AUC, SPB, and SPP are being replaced with UNK unless a specific person’s name is provided. The origin of animals with the following herd initials is unknown unless a name is provided.


Herd Initials Policy Update 2-20-21

Breeder Perks

A few of the breeder benefits include:

  • You will always have a backup of your pedigrees. Our server and database is backed up on multiple levels.
  • You can request a .csv file or PDF export of animals associated with your herd initials once per month. This export can be uploaded to many different types of pedigree programs
  • Members can print pedigrees of animals associated with their herd in the Hedgie List Pedigree Resource at any time
  • Participating breeders will have a Premium listing in the Herd Initials listing. Breeders that do not wish to participate will be indicated as such so that they are not repeatedly contacted for verification purposes.

Hedgie List

The database used within the Hedgie List Pedigree Resource program is called Hedgie List. Each animal in the database is assigned a Hedgie List Resource number (HLR). The HLR number is a useful search feature tool.

Levels of Participation

Affiliate Participating Member
Access to one animal at a time associated with herd initials. Full view of all animals associated with herd initials
Search for animals associated with herd initials. HLR number is required. Expanded search features.
Ability to change animal status default to Verified, Unknown, or Conflicted pedigree Ability to change animal status default to Verified, Unknown, or Conflicted pedigree
Update DOB Update DOB, color, sire or dam (if associated with herd initials), add pictures, etc
Listing in Breeders By State & Herd Initial List.
This listing includes breeder initials, business name, city & state, web site, facebook page and business logo.
Premium Listing in the Breeders By State, Herd Initial List & Participating Breeders list.
The premium listing includes breeder initials, business name, breeder's name, city & state, web site, facebook page and business logo. Each premium listing is highlighted to stand out as a participating breeder in all three lists.
  Logo and Animal Picture on Pedigrees
$5 Per Animal Registration 40 Free Registrations and discounted additional registrations.
  • Breeder entry from registered sire and dam- 1 credit
  • Admin entry hard copy mailed pedigree entry - 2 credits
  • Admin entry email/digital copy pedigree entry - 3 credits
  • Credits
  • 10 / $10
  • 50 / $40
  • 100 / $75
  Future option to list animals for sale with “one click”
  Ability to self-register offspring of registered animals.
  Closed Facebook Group for Pedigree Resource Discussion Only
Annual Renewal by Breeder Request Annual Update With Renewal Reminder
  USDA License or Hobby Breeder Indication
FREE $40.00 Annual Fee
  Log in to upgrade account to Participating Member.

Create an Account

There is no charge to create an account.
Create an account by following the online instructions, and verify your email address. Once this step is completed your account will be activated as an Affiliate or as a Participating Breeder once payment is received.


Please note: Once registered, your user account will be confirmed by Hedgie List and attached to the associated breeder information in our database. Then you will be able to access your animals, if there are any in the database. This is done manually so please allow 24 hours for it to be completed.


How to Register an Animal

Step 1

Print hard copies of all the animals you wish to register. Animals are entered in order in which they are received. It does not matter if you send 5, 10, 15, or 100; animals are entered in order in which they are received.

Step 2

Using the following pedigree of RCH Isara BPH as an example.

If RCH submitted this pedigree, RCH would include the information at the top as well as the date of birth (DOB) of the animals related to RCH that are not already verified. This is a fast and simple way to verify additional herd animals without a printed pedigree for additional animals. RCH would use two credits if RCH Phlox is not currently in the system, or RCH uses one credit if RCH Phlox currently has an HLR number. A maximum of three credits will be used or charged per pedigree entered (animal, sire, and dam).

If BPH is submitting this pedigree BPH should submit the original pedigree from RCH in digital format or copy of the original. Only one credit is applied to BPH.

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Step 3

Mail hard copies of the pedigrees to:

Critter Connection
909 South Platt Street
Montpelier, OH 43543

Please included the following information:

Herd Name
Herd Initials

Hard copies of submitted pedigrees are kept on file with notes for future reference by administration only.

Again, once your information is received it will be entered into Hedgie List Pedigree Resource in order of which it is received.

Digital Pedigree Submission

A hard copy of registered animals is kept on file for use as a reference and to help ensure accuracy of data entry. For this reason we can only accept mailed copies of pedigrees for animals to be registered Hedgie List Pedigree Resource. We CAN accept digital copies of original pedigrees for verification purposes of animals already submitted to Pedigree Resource. Digital copies of pedigrees for verification purposes can be sent here contact@hedgielist.com


Registering Offspring of Registered Animals

Please submit the following information using the following order and format. This is the only type of registration that is accepted by email.

  • Full Name:
  • DOB:
  • Sex:
  • Color:
  • Markings:
  • Full Name Sire:
  • Full Name Dam:
  • Herd ID:


  • Full Name: ABC Spike XYZ
  • DOB: 2020-01-015
  • Sex: Female
  • Color: Dark Grey
  • Markings: Quad Stripes
  • Full Name Sire: ABC Sonic
  • Full Name Dam: CDE Spikette ABC
  • Herd ID: ABC PR07


Database Backup and Bulk Verification

Email a back up copy of your pedigree database to gail@critterconnection.cc Almost all pedigree programs have an export or backup feature. This is important for two reasons.

  • Information can be quickly and easily verified as pedigrees are entered into the system. This cuts down on guessing of spellings when the font decreases in size. It also allows us to verify other animals in your herd already in the system quickly and easily.
  • You have an additional back up of your pedigree program in the event of a computer crash or lost data.

*** Again, this information is confidential and is only used for pedigree verification purposes for the submitted herd.

The Star System

The Star System is a way or recognizing the level of pedigree verification. An animal will receive a star for each fully verified generation.

The Star System does not indicate the breeding quality, health, or temperament of the animal. Breeders who choose not to participate are simply non-participating and breeders that participate are simply participating. Quality animals come from non-participating breeders and vice-versa. However, the Star System does provide a resource to assist those who place a priority of true and accurate pedigrees as a part of their breeding program practices.

sample pedigree