Owner and Hedgehog Breeder – Krissy Brouner
My name is Krissy and I am the owner of HedgehogsNW. I have been an animal lover for my whole life and have been breeding hedgehogs since 2006. I work full time in neuroscience research and breed hedgehogs on the side. I have been an animal enthusiast for my entire life. When I was growing up, my family had a variety of pets. We had our beloved cocker spaniel named Lady (very original I know), our toy party poodle named Darla as well as cats, Fuzzy, Dusty, Houdini to name a few as well as others. I had numberous pet rats, mice, gerbils, rabbits and guinea pigs. We also had a variety of birds (finches, love birds, budgies). To say we were pet people is a bit of an understatement. When I was a pre-teen, one of my family’s favorite things to do for fun was to either frequent the zoo or various pet stores. One time when we were at one of our favorite independent pet stores we found our first hedgehogs. This was around 1996 or so and not a lot was known about how to properly care for hedgies but my sister knew that she had to take those adorable spikey critters home. Spike and Thistle were a great addition to our family. Spike and Thistle had a couple litters of babies over the years that we had them and we knew that we loved baby hedgies. I tell people that once you have had hedgehogs, as long as you have a good experience with them then there is usually a hedgehog shaped hole in your heart from then on. Following Spike and Thistle ‘going over the rainbow bridge’ we didn’t have hedgies for awhile. We had other dogs and cats, ferrets, sugar gliders, a turtle, chickens, ducks and others and I went to high school and college. In 2005 or so we (at this point my sister and I) decided that we wanted hedgies again. At that point we found that hedgehogs were pretty popular and hard to find so we decided to start breeding. My sister and I owned the business together for awhile but she became preoccupied with small humans when her second kiddo (of 5 total) was here so I took on the hedgies on my own. I have pretty much had a constant wait list for babies since we started breeding in 2006.