Need help identifying hedgehog color, pattern and facial pattern?
On this page, you'll find detailed descriptions as well as photos.

NOTE:  We no longer focus on Variety.  The majority of hedgehogs in the U.S. are hybrids of the White Belly and Algerian and it is our belief that there are no "pure" specimens of either variety currently breeding in the U.S.  In recent years, we have personally seen colors that cannot be defined by what is considered to be the "official" color chart.  The color chart below is our personal guide based on our knowledge and years of experience.  It may not reflect the opinions of others.


Updated: 02/05/17

More updates to come!
I have begun revising the color list.  I appreciate your patience as this will not be a quick revision.

COLORS

NOTE:  The appearance of badger stripes or pinto markings on the face do NOT determine color.

Black hedgehog
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  • Quill color: widely banded black
  • Body color: black skin, undercarriage is extensively mottled black
  • Facial color: black
  • Eye color: black
Deep Grey hedgehog
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  • Quill color: widely banded deepest grey, near black
  • Body color: black skin, undercarriage is extensively mottled dark grey to black
  • Facial color: deepest grey, near black
  • Eye color: black
Dark Grey hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wideand is dark grey/near black
  • Body color: dark grey skin, undercarriage is often mottled dark grey
  • Facial color: dark grey and in rare cases, even black
  • Eye color: black
Grey hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is grey in color
  • Body color: skin is light-medium grey and undercarriage may be mottled grey or dark grey
  • Facial color: typically grey but may show hues of brown or dark grey and in rare cases, even black
  • Eye color: black
Deep Brown hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is deepest brown in color
  • Body color: skin is dark brown to black and undercarriage may be mottled dark brown to black.
  • Facial color: typically deepest brown but may show hues of medium brown or even black.
  • Eye color: black
Dark Brown hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is dark brown in color
  • Body color: skin is medium-deep brown and undercarriage may be mottled medium-deep brown
  • Facial color: typically dark brown but may show deep brown, dark grey, or even black hues.
  • Eye color: black
Medium Brown (aka Chocolate) hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is medium brown in color
  • Body color: skin is nude-dark brown and undercarriage may be mottled medium-dark brown
  • Facial color: typically medium-dark brown but in rare cases may be light brown, dark grey, or black
  • Eye color: black
Light Brown hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is light or oaky brown in color
  • Body color: skin is nude-light brown and undercarriage may be mottled light brown or brown
  • Facial color: light-medium brown.  Rare cases may be dark grey or black
  • Eye color: black and in rare cases, ruby
Pale Brown hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is tan or very pale brown in color
  • Body color: skin is typically nude or white and undercarriage may be mottled tan or pale brown
  • Facial color: tan or very pale brown but may have a brown or grey hue
  • Eye color: black
Champagne hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is yellowish tan to very pale gold but no darker
  • Body color: skin is nude or white and is rarely ever mottled
  • Facial color: nude-pale tan to and in rare cases, light brown
  • Eye color: most often dark ruby but may be black or bright ruby
Cinnamon hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is medium-deep orange in color
  • Body color: skin is typically tan to brown and undercarriage may be mottled tan to brown or dark peach to brown
  • Facial color: light-medium brown with orange hue and in rare cases, even dark brown or dark grey
  • Eye color: black and in rare cases, ruby
Light Cinnamon hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is light-medium orange in color
  • Body color: white-tan and typically shows no mottling
  • Facial color: typically tan, pale orange, pale brown
  • Eye color: black or dark ruby
Apricot hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is pale orange in color
  • Body color: white-tan and typically shows no mottling
  • Facial color: typically pale orange to no dicernible color
  • Eye color: typically ruby, rare cases may be black
Pale Apricot hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is narrow-wide and is pale peach or pale yellow in color
  • Body color: white and typically shows no mottling
  • Facial color: typicaly pale orange to no discernible color
  • Eye color: typically ruby
Silver (grey dilute) hedgehog
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  • Quill color: banding is average-wide and is silvery or very pale grey in color
  • Body color: typically light grey and may show pale grey-grey mottling
  • Facial color: typically pale grey to no discernible color
  • Eye color: typically black
Leucistic (black eyed white) hedgehog
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  • Quill color: quills are white; no banded quills whatsoever
  • Body color: white; no mottling whatsoever
  • Facial color: white; no color whatsoever (nose is pink or very pale tan)
  • Eye color: black, never ruby or pink
Albino hedgehog
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  • Quill color: quills are white; no banded quills whatsoever
  • Body color: white; no mottling whatsoever
  • Facial color: white; no color whatsoever (nose is pink)
  • Eye color: pale pink

BODY PATTERNS

snowflake.JPG Snowflake Hedgehog
30%-55% of the quills are solid white and evenly distributed across the body; with the remainder being banded.
Pictured is an Algerian Chocolate Snowflake.
highsnowflake.JPG High Snowflake Hedgehog
60%-75% of the quills are solid white and evenly distributed across the body; with the remainder being banded.
Pictured is an Algerian Chocolate High Snowflake.
white.jpg White or Double White Hedgehog (not to be confused with Leucistic or Total Pinto)
80%-100% of the quills are solid white; with few (or no) quills being banded.  The face, ears and limbs may be marked with the base color.
Pictured is an Algerian Chocolate White.
minimalpinto.jpg Minimal Pinto Hedgehog
Pinto (white) markings on 10%-25% of the body.
Pictured is an Algerian Grey Minimal Pinto.
averagepinto.jpg Average Pinto Hedgehog
Pinto (white) markings on 30%-45% of the body.
Pictured is an Algerian Chocolate Average Pinto.
eyeliner.jpg High Pinto Hedgehog
Pinto markings on 50%-65% of the body.
Pictured is an Algerian Grey High White Pinto.
reversepinto.JPG Reverse Pinto Hedgehog
Pinto markings on 70%-99% of the body.  Eyes are typically deep ruby but may be black.
Pictured is an Algerian Dark Grey Reverse Pinto.
100pinto.JPG Total Pinto or 100% Pinto Hedgehog (not to be confused with Leucistic or Double White)
Pinto markings on 99%-100% of the body. Face is completely white. Eyes are typically deep ruby.
Pictured is an Algerian Dark Grey Reverse Pinto.

FACIAL PATTERNS

pintoface.jpg Hedgehog with Total Pinto Face
The face is completely marked pinto and there is no base colored mask at all.
split.JPG Hedgehog with Half Mask, Split Mask or Split Face
One half of the face is white (or pinto) and the other half is masked with the hedgehog’s base color.
These terms refers to hedgehogs with an even (50/50) split.
partialmask.jpg Hedgehog with Partial Mask
Uneven, broken or small patches of pinto markings across the face that clearly disrupt the normal mask pattern.
Pinto or Partial Masked refers to hedgehogs with no less than 10% pinto marking in the mask.
partialblaze.JPG Hedgehog with Partial Blaze
The typical mask pattern is broken by a white stripe that extends from the forehead toward the nose, but not to the nose.
Partial Blaze must extend at least 20% into the mask and can be slightly off-center.
blaze.jpg Hedgehog with Blazed Face
The typical mask pattern is completely broken down the center by a white stripe that extends from the forehead to the nose.  Can be slightly off-center but must extend fully to the nose.
wideblaze.jpg Hedgehog with Wide Blaze
The typical mask pattern is completely broken down the center by a very wide white stripe that extends from the forehead to the nose.
Can be slightly off-center but must extend fully to the nose.
eyeliner.jpg Hedgehog with Eye Liner or Eye Patch
Distinct circle(s) of base coloring around the eye(s) while the remainder (or most) of the face is pinto marked.
Eye Patch must be clearly defined and separate from any portion of mask that may be visible.
raccooneyes.jpg Hedgehog with Raccoon Eyes
Complete mask with a clear break between the mask and eye patches.  Broken mask with less than 30% pinto is acceptable.
Note: Broken mask with more than 30% pinto is Eye Liner or Eye Patch category.
raccoonmask.JPG Hedgehog with Raccoon Mask
Mask is distinct (or only present) across both eyes and the bridge of the muzzle, resembling a blindfold.
Fading (or lack of mask) below the eyes and downward toward the nose.
Obsidian_Color.JPG Hedgehog with Mono Badger Stripe
Single stripe, wide or narrow, in the center of the forehead extending from the mask into the quill line.
badgerstripes.jpg Hedgehog with Dual Badger Stripes
Two equal stripes in the center of the forehead extending from the mask into the quill line.
Poko_color.JPG Hedgehog with Tri Badger Stripes
Single stripe in the center of the forehead and stripes above both eyes extending from the mask into the quill line.
quad.jpg Hedgehog with Quad Badger Stripes
Two equal stripes in the center of the forehead and stripes above both eyes extending from the mask into the quill line.


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