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7 pet fads through the decades

By: Matt Hickman on Oct. 3, 2013, 1:54 p.m.
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Hedgehogs, 2000s

While the breeding of domesticated pygmy hedgehogs began in the 1980s, it wasn’t until recent years that the adorable little critters clad in prickly, built-in outerwear were considered au courant. Unlike a tabby or a goldfish, they’re not always an easy pet to keep and because they’re not native to North America, nocturnal hedgehogs are classified as “exotic” with many states and localities, requiring potential owners to secure a permit or straight-out forbidding the animals as household pets.