Pedigree Cat Breeds - Ragdoll

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The Late Ann Baker of California is the founder of Ragdolls, the breed began in the 1960's and were first registered in the summer of 1965 with a white Persian or Angora type cat named Josephine - mated to a Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman type) whose offspring were then crossed with a sable Burmese type cat. Josephine was hit by a car and she laid by the curb for 2 days before being found and taken to a hospital and nursed back to health.

This accident imparted upon her kittens (according to Ann Baker) a high tolerance for pain and the ability to go limp when held. It must be noted however that Ragdolls feel pain just like any other cat. Ragdolls DO NOT have a high tolerance for pain.

Ragdolls are large slow-maturing cats, and do not reach full maturity until approximately 3-4 years of age. Females are smaller than males, weighing about 10-15 pounds on average. Males weigh an average of 12-20 pounds as adult neuters, although some may grow to be larger.

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They love to be held and cuddled and are usually relaxed in new surroundings with existing dogs and cats. They are very affectionate and playful without being noisy or destructive.

Ragdolls have amiable temperaments. Although they differ individually, they are gentle and quiet cats. They enjoy human company, although some individuals might enjoy sitting next to you, rather than on your lap. They also enjoy the company of other pets, including dogs. Due to Ragdolls being trusting, they should never ever be allowed to roam the neighbourhood where they could get into harm's way.

They are strictly an indoor cat, as they have no fight or preservation instincts. They will not defend themselves.

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A Ragdoll will want to share everything you do. They love to be with you. They are more of a friend than a cat. All they require is lots of tender love and they will give you unconditional love in return.

Ragdolls have large, blue, slightly oblique eyes. The ears are medium in size and are set wide with a slight forward tilt, well furnished and rounded at the tip. The nose should be medium in length and have a gentle dip and slightly retrousse at the tip. The cheeks should be well developed.

The Ragdoll has a dense semi longhair coat and bushy tails - which should at least reach the shoulders and tapered at the tip. Once Ragdolls reach maturity they should have a ruff around the neck and knickerbockers. The fur is easily combed, and requires occasional grooming. Ragdoll kittens are born all white and slowly develop colour from the age of 2 weeks upwards. The colour continues to deepen as the cat ages.

Ragdolls are found in 4 patterns 5 colours. The three patterns are Colourpoint, Mitted, Tabby and Bi-colour…

A Colourpoint is a pointed cat, ears, mask, tail and feet all darker than the rest of their body. The nose leather and paw pads match the point colour. Colourpoints do not have white markings.

A Mitted has points similar to a colourpoint, but also has white mittens on the front paws and white back legs and feet. Preferably up to or above the hock at the back. The mitted also should have a white chin, ruff and under-body from chin to tail. The nose leather should be the colour of the points and the paw pads should be pink. Also, occasionally a white nose blaze and very rarely a white tip to the tail which was in the original Ragdolls bred by Ann Baker.

A bi-colour has the points on its mask, ears and tail, the mask is interrupted by an inverted 'V' of white starting at the forehead and continuing down the face and extending over the whisker pads and chin. The legs and under-body from chin to tail should all be white. Bi-colours have pink nose leather and paw pads.

There are four traditional colours which are Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Red and Lilac.

A Seal has deep seal brown points with a creamy beige body colour. A Blue has bluish/grey points with a paler bluish/grey body colour. A Chocolate has milk chocolate points with an cream body colour. A Red has red points with a creamy body colour. A Lilac has pinkish grey points with a cream body colour.

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