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Hedgehog Color Chart

Using this chart is easy. The left vertical column has the colors. The top horizontal column has the characteristics. All you have to do is match them. There are 4 charts. Each one seperates the different color categories and has an explanation for each. In order they are dominant colors (including albino), snowflake colors, white colors, and Algerian colors. Pinto is a pattern and is explained in the dominant color chart. The information was compiled by Bryan Smith and is used by the International Hedgehog Club. e-mail me at hoglets@hotmail.com if you notice any mistakes I might have made. Contact Bryan Smith or the IHC if you disagree with their standard.


Dominant Color Chart

The dominant hedgehog colors are the basis for every other color. No more than 5% of the spines are to be solid white and the belly fur is to be white.

Pinto and Albinos are also here. Pinto is a pettern that, according to the color standard, "can be distinguished by a total lack of colour on the quills and skin beneath in distinct patches or spots over the hedgehog's back." To put it another way, a pinto hedgehog has white spots/patches in its spines. Usually they have to be atleast the size of a nickle to be considered a patch. The albino, although unique because they completely lack coloring of any kind, are stuck in here because they won't fit anywhere else.

Shoulder SkinNose ColorEye ColorUnderbelly MottlingSpine Coloring
Salt & Pepperjet-blackblackblackextensivewhite, banded by black
Dark Greydark greyblackblackextensivewhite, banded by black with narrow rusty-brown outer edges
Greygreyblackblacksome mottlingwhite, banded by black with rusty-brown outer edges
Chocolatelight greydark liverblackmay be pale mottlingwhite,banded by dark brown
Browna pink/greyliver and black mottledblack with a light blue ring around the outer edgesnot preferredwhite, banded by a light oak-brown
Cinnamonpinkliverblacknot preferredwhite, banded by light cinnamon-brown
Dark Cinnicotpinkliver with pink outer rimblacknonewhite,with 75% banded with cinnamonand 25% with pale orange-beige
Black-Eyed Cinnicotpinkpink and liver mottledblacknonewhite, with 50% banded with cinnamon and 50% with pale orange-beige
Ruby-Eyed Cinnicotpinkpink and liver mottledruby-rednonewhite, with 50% banded with cinnamon and 50% with pale orange-beige
Champagnepinkpink with liver outer rimruby-rednonewhite, with 75% banded with pale orange-beige and 25% with cinnamon
Apricotwhite-pinkpinkruby-rednonewhite, banded with a pale orange-beige
Pale Apricotwhite-pinkpinkruby-rednonewhite, banded with an extremely pale orange-yellow
Albinowhite-pinkpinkrednonewhite, with no banding anywhere


Snowflake Color Chart

Snowflake coloring is when the hedgehog has spines that are a fairly even mix of banded and non-banded. There are usually 30%-70% all white spines, with 50% being the ideal. They look like they got snowed on, and thus the name "snowflake". All snowflake colorings are a recessive variation of the dominant colors.

Shoulder SkinNose ColorEye ColorUnderbelly MottlingSpine Coloring
Silver (recessive of Salt & Pepper)jet-blackblackblackextensivewhite, banded with black. Banding is much closer to the base of the spine, so the animal appears white when spines are relaxed
Silver Charcoal (recessive of Dark Grey or the double recessive of Grey)dark greyblackblacksomewhite, banded by light grey
Charcoal (recessive of Grey)greyblackblacksomewhite, banded by black with narrow rusty-brown edges
Chocolate Chip (recessive of Chocolate)light greydark liverblackmay be pale mottlingwhite, banded by dark brown
Brown Snowflake (recessive of brown or double recessive of Chocolate)pink/greyliver and black mottledblack with a light blue ring around the outer edgesnot preferredwhite, banded by light oak-brown
Cinnamon Snowflake (recessive of Cinnamon)pinkliverblacknonewhite, banded by light brown
Silver-Cinnamon Snowflake (double recessive of Cinnamon)pinkliverblacknonewhite, banded by light grey
Dark Cinnicot Snowflake (recessive of Dark Cinnicot or the double recessive of Black-Eyed Cinnicot)pinkliver with a pink outer rimblacknoneof the colored spines, 75% are white banded by cinnamon and 25% banded by pale orange-beige
Black-Eyed Cinnicot Snowflake (recessive of Black-Eyed Cinnicot)pinkpink and liver mottledblacknoneof the colored spines, 50% are banded by cinnamon and 50% by pale orange-beige
Ruby-Eyed Cinnicot Snowflake (recessive of Ruby-Eyed Cinnicot)pinkpink and liver mottledruby-rednoneof the colored spines, 50% are banded by cinnamon and 50% by pale orange-beige
Champagne Snowflake (recessive of Champagne or double recessive of Ruby-Eyed Cinnicot)pinkpink with a liver outer rimruby-rednoneof the colored spines, 75% are banded by pale orange-beige and 25% by cinnamon
Apricot Snowflake (recessive of Apricot)white-pinkpinkruby-rednonewhite, banded by a pale orange-beige
Pale Apricot Snowflake (double recessive of Apricot)white-pinkpinkruby-rednonewhite, banded by an extremely pale orange-beige


White Color Chart

White coloring is when almost 100% of the spines are solid white. The few banded spines should be on the forehead with no more then 10 scattered on the back. Any more then 10, and it is a Snowflake. White colors are a dilute (prime) of the recessive snowflake. There are a total of 15 possible white colors, but only the 6 listed on the color standard are given in the chart.

Shoulder SkinNose ColorEye ColorUnderbelly MottlingSpine Coloring
Platinum (dilute of Salt & Pepper)jet-blackblackblackextensivewhite, banded by light grey
Silver Charcoal White (dilute of Dark Grey) dark greyblackblackextensivewhite, banded by light grey
Charcoal White (dilute of Grey)greyblackblacksomewhite, banded by black with rusty brown edges
Chocolate White (dilute of chocolate)light greydark liverblackmay be pale mottlingwhite, banded by chocolate-brown
Brown White (dilute of brown)pink-greyliver and black mottledblack with a light blue ring around the outer edgesnot preferredwhite, banded by a light oak-brown
White (dilute of Cinnamon)
*note: the ears are a pale grey
pinkliverblacknonewhite, banded by a pale cinnamon-brown


Algerian Color Chart

The IHC Standard explains it better then I ever could, so the following paragraphs are directly from their Color Standard.

"Although the term "Algerian" is commonly used to refer to a species of hedgehog, the IHC also recognizes it as a seperate color category from that of the White-Bellied colours. A hedgehog exhibiting the color traits of an Algerian may or may not exhibit the physical traits (larger body, longer nose, and larger ears). Since the two species have been interbred to produce the domestic hedgehog, the only true trait of the Algerian spacies left is the color as this does not mix with the colors of the White-Bellied species.

Algerian coloured hedgehogs can be easily distinguished by looking at the double banded forehead spines. If there is little definition between the two bands, with the in-between colour being mid-brown, then the hedgehog in question is in the Algerian color range. If the definition is fairly definite, with white in the space between, then the hedgehog is in the White-Bellied range. This is a far more accurate means of identification then the older method of looking for "cream" or off-white coloured quills, rather than the white quills of the White-Bellied species.

Shoulder SkinNose ColorEye ColorSpine Coloring
Black Algerianjet-blackblackblackcream, widely banded by black with dark rust at the top and bottom
Dark Grey Algerianjet-blackblackblackcream, banded by black with rust edges. Overall appearance is that of rust colored spines


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