THPR (The Hedgehog Program Registry) is part of The Hedgehog Program, which is an online international research & education platform based in The Netherlands. It’s founded by Judith Bos in 2011 and has grown a large community through the years. The registry is focussed on having an international platform that also allows people who don’t speak English to register and keep track of their hedgehogs pedigrees as well as English natives to do so.
In a lot of club, there’s a hierarchy deviding approved breeders and others. In THPR we think it’s important not to have that hierarchy. It often leads to discussions not about the animal husbandry but personal attacks, which are not leading to better understanding of the animals. Therefore in THPR, we do not have approved breeders.
THPR is all about transparency. No we’re not sharing your pedigrees with others as that would be disturbing your privacy, so don’t worry. But we are very clear in what we want to achieve and how. The guidelines are still present for those who want to have some rules to work with whilst gaining experience, but it’s not controled who holds on to them and who doesn’t. Which doesn’t say we won’t take action when we see animal abuse, neglect or mistreatment.
THPR also stands for having a lot of different opinions in regards to breeding, housing and other things n relation to animal husbandry. THPR knows this and is fully flexible and understandable. We like to learn more and keep learning through the years so we can enhance the overal animal husbandry. Rest assured, we don’t judge you for following your countries standards.