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Ragdolls

Ragdolls are a laid back cat with captivating blue eyes. The Ragdoll is a pointed breed, which means that the body is lighter in color than the points (the face, legs, tail and ears). The Ragdoll cat is carefully bred to produce large affectionate animals in three patterns, two with white (mitted and bicolor) and one with no white (color point). The ideal Ragdoll is a well balanced cat, with no extreme features. Altered males will usually top the scale at 15-20 + pounds. Females are proportionately smaller and usually weigh between 10-15 pounds at maturity. Ragdolls are slow-maturing, reaching full coat color at 2 years, and full size and weight at 4.


Ragdoll cats tend to be more interested in humans than some breeds of cats. They are known to run to greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, flop on you, sleep with you, and generally choose to be where you are. Many Ragdolls have been taught to come when called and play fetch. They are gentle cats, and usually play without extending their claws. Ragdolls tend to be floor cats, not jumpers. The Ragdoll’s semi long coat is plush and silky, and requires minimal grooming to keep it looking its best. They should be combed with a steel comb on a regular basis to find and remove any loose hair or tangles. Quality coats consist mainly of long, soft guard hairs. Ragdolls, just like all breeds of cats, will shed, usually with the change of seasons. The absence of the thick, dense, insulating undercoats results in reduced shedding and matting. In all, Ragdolls are well behaved, and easy to care for – perfect for our modern, busy, lifestyles.

 

History

Ragdolls were developed in the 1960’s by Ann Baker; a breeder in Riverside California. The origin of the Ragdoll breed consisted almost entirely of free-roaming cats. Ann bred Josephine, a domestic long haired white female that was found running loose in her neighborhood, to other cats she owned or found. The offspring of this female had unique temperament traits that were very endearing. By selecting individuals with the look, temperament and criteria she wanted for her breeding program, she created the Ragdoll breed.

Below: Ann Baker with her early Ragdoll cats.

 

 

 Early Photos Raggedy Ann 7

 

 

Colors and Patterns

 

There are four patterns: bi-color, van, mitted and color point.

Patterns come in six colors: seal (darkest brown), blue (dilute of seal and appears grey), chocolate (lighter milk chocolate brown), lilac (dilute of chocolate and appears as a khaki color), red (various shades of light to dark orange), and cream (dilute of red and appears almost light to dark cream).

Points may be solid, lynx, tortie, or torbie (tortie and lynx).

If you do the math, you can see that there are quite a large number of different combinations possible!

Color point Ragdolls have the classic pointed markings with no white anywhere in their coat.

Mitteds have white feet in the front and white boots that go all the way up and around the hock in the back, a white chin and belly stripe. Mitted Ragdolls may have a blaze, star or hourglass shaped patch of white on their forehead and nose.

Bi-colors have more white; all four paws, their underbodies, chest, and an upside down ‘V’ marking on their faces are white. They may have a splash or two of white on their backs. Only their tails, ears, and the outer part of their masks show the darker markings.

In the Van pattern, only the top of the mask, ears, and tail, and perhaps a few spots on the body, show darker markings.

 

For more details click the link:

http://www.ragdollinternational.org/patscolors.shtml

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3073564/

http://www.seregiontica.org/Colors/intro.htm

 

 

Titles and Pricing

Pricing on Ragdolls usually depends on type, applicable markings and bloodlines distinguished by titles which are categorized as follows: Grand Champion (GC), National Regional winning parentage (NW or RW) or of Distinguished Merit parentage (DM). The DM title is achieved by the dam (mother) having produced five grand champion/premier (alter) or DM offspring, or sire (father) having produced fifteen  grand champion/ premier or DM offspring. Usually breeders make kittens available between 12-16 weeks of age. After 12 weeks, kittens have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment, showing, or being transported by air. Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching( all reputable breeders and Cat Associations disapprove of declawing or tendonectomy surgery) are essential elements for maintaining a healthy, long and joyful life.

 

Genetic Health

 

At Pleasantdoll Ragdolls we do not cut corners when it comes to our cats long term health. Our kittens and cats come first, plain and simple. Our Ragdolls have all been tested and found negative for the following DNA genetic diseases: 

 

PKD1 - Polycystic Kidney Disease is a disease in which a large number of fluid filled cysts form in the kidneys. These cysts are present from birth in affected cats. They start off very small, gradually increasing in size until they affect the surrounding normal kidney tissue, causing kidney failure and death.


HCM: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is the most common cardiac disease in cats. Affected cats are at risk of sudden cardiac death due to defects that produce increased left ventricular heart muscle thickness. In Ragdolls, the condition is inherited due to breed specific mutations in the cardiac myosin binding protein C gene (MYBPC3). They will also pass this defective gene on to their offspring.

 

Fe LV - Feline Leukemia Virus adversely affects a cat's body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer cats, may cause various blood disorders, and may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders a cat's ability to protect itself against other infections. Because of this, common bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi that usually do not affect healthy cats can cause severe illness in Fe LV infected cats. These secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with Fe LV.

 

FIV - Feline Immune Deficiency Virus (Feline AIDS) attacks the immune system, leaving the cat vulnerable to many other infections. Although cats infected with FIV may appear normal for years, they eventually suffer from this immune deficiency, which allows normally harmless bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi found in the everyday environment to potentially cause severe illnesses. The median survival time for a cat diagnosed with FIVis approximately five years.

 

For more information about genetic health and research visit:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3073564/

 

All of our cats and kittens are tested and found negative for all the above diseases and are up to date on all their appropriate vaccines, and free of parasites

 

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