I’m a hedgehog breeder, and while I agree with most of this post, I have to say that some of those hedgehogs are enormously overweight, which is extremely unhealthy and should NOT be rewarded with stupid ribbons and prizes. When it becomes about the prize, it has stopped being about the animal, and that’s shameful. Also, they’re not “classifications,” they’re COLORS. Nothing more and nothing less. Also, #3 is NOT a “pale apricot.” She’s an ALBINO. Breeders tend to make up stupid names for albinos, like “ruby-eyed white” and “pale apricot,” because people shy away from buying albinos, but if you call one something nonsensical, they’ll pay top dollar. That’s also shameful. I had considered going to this show. I’m glad now that I didn’t. Half of these people would have heard my mouth about how unethically they treat their animals and conduct their business. I’m glad that people love hedgehogs, because they’re delightful little animals, but I wish the organizers of the show would have used it to educate attendees and contestants about proper hedgehog husbandry in addition to just promoting the show and selling tickets. As a truly ethical breeder who always does my best to take excellent care of my animals, I’m frankly a little disgusted by the whole thing.