Because a hedgehog is commonly kept in a cage or similar enclosure, it is allowed in some residences where cats and dogs are not allowed.It is illegal to own a it as a pet in some US states and some Canadian municipalities, and a license is needed to legally breed them. These restrictions may have been enacted due to the ability of some of those species to carry foot and mouth disease, a highly contagious disease of cloven-hooved animals. No such restrictions exist in most European countries.The following is a list of locations where it is illegal to own a hedgehog. By African Pygmy hedgehog, this list is referring to the domesticated hedgehog commonly bred and sold as pets, not a specific breed of hedgehog from Africa. All locations are in the United States.California Georgia Hawaii Douglas County, Nebraska New York City, New York (a call to the City’s 311 information service indicated that hedgehogs are not specifically prohibited—not listed in any way by name as either definitely legal or illegal. They were listed as illegal in the City Health Code in 2000.)Other legal issues:Australia: All hedgehogs are classified as exotic pets that are illegal to import. Canada:In Quebec, European hedgehogs are illegal. African Pygmy hedgehogs are legal.United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, and Austria: European hedgehogs are protected and cannot be kept as pets. African Pygmy hedgehogs may legally be kept as pets.United States:In Arizona, a permit is required; the permit is very difficult to obtain.In Idaho and Oregon, European hedgehogs are illegal. African Pygmy hedgehogs are legal.In Maine, New Jersey and Wyoming, a permit is required.In Wisconsin, an import permit from the state department of agriculture is required to bring it into the state. In Virginia, a permit is required and a 12-month waiting period before purchasing as a pet—In Fairfax county only.In Pennsylvania, hedgehogs may not be imported into the state, but hedgehogs in the state as of 1992 and their descendants are at least theoretically allowed. In practice, enforcement of this law has been rumored to be arbitrary and ill-informed.