In this project we collect individual pedigrees and litter outcomes and procces them into an overview of combinations and outcomes. With help of this overview of data, we can find the pieces of the puzzle that turn into genetic codes for colors. It sounds difficult and it sure is! With so many forms of inheritance it sometimes is a big puzzle and it takes weeks to lay them in the right position. No wonder we only update a new version of the research sheet every so often.
Why researching genetics?
Genetics can be very boring, especially if you don’t have as much experience or only have a single “fun litter”. But when you want to breed responsibly, knowing the ins and outs of the genetic matter is very important. Not only can you predict the outcome of a certain combination of parents (which is nice if you want to breed a specific color or pattern), but it’s also used to clearify colorspecific weaknesses and lethal combinations (lethal genes are genes that cause miscarriages, stillborns or handicaps causing the hoglet to die within the first two weeks). So with that knowledge, you can improve the overall health of your lineage, while knowing up front which kinds of colors and patterns you can expect from a litter. That’s the reason we want to get to know the genetic matter of African Pygmy Hedgehogs.
What can i do to help?
If you have a pedigree of your hedgehog, have a single litter of which you know the parents and preferably the grandparents or you’re breeding and have multiple litters with pedigrees, you can send them to us. We have a standard Excel file which you can fill out if you want to be 100% sure that your data is processed anonymously, or you can simply send the pedgrees to us. You can mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Which colors do you need for research?
Although we are glad to recieve any info on hedgehog colors and patterns, at this point we are in high need of data on following colors & patterns:
- Ruby Eyed Cinnicot
- Pale apricot
- Leucistic (no reversed pinto in line)
- Any faults of nature or ‘new’ colors are welcome too. In this case, please mail us at email@example.com and send a picture along with the email so we can check it out.
Because we can’t display all of our data on the website, we’ve made a PDF file out of it and turned it into a research sheet. It’s still in progress and we will renew the file every now and then.
Updated on June 4th, 2017.
Other than that, all of the published research sheet are brought out per gene on Academia. Follow the button to the page that holds an overview of these research sheets.