Originally Posted by BlueStormborn
If anyone is considering getting one I would suggest getting from a certified breeder (there is a genetic issue called wobbly hedgehog syndrome. It is a neurologic condition that is not manageable or curable) I took a risk and found him on craigslist!
They are only prickly when they are scared or upset. When they are relaxed their quills lay flat and it almost feels plastic-y. They have furry heads and bellies though!
When they are upset it does hurt slightly but unlike porcupines, they can't shoot their quills so you don't have to worry about a handful of quills!
He's fantastic but they're a lot of responsibility. In order to have a social, friendly hedgehog you have to handle them daily and it's suggested for at least an hour a day. I honestly only get him out maybe 5 days a week and he's still friendly but not as friendly as he could be :P
Just FYI.....porky's don't shoot their quills. They let go at the slightest touch and they will stick, but no "shooting" them.