About the Ragdoll Breed
THE RAGDOLL TEMPERAMENT & TRAITS
All ragdoll kittens are born pure white, so it takes a week or more for their colours and patterns to become evident; these patterns continue emerging and darkening for up to 4 years whilst the ragdoll grows, they are a very slow maturing breed. It is the Siamese gene which is responsible for the colour point pattern on Ragdolls, and this also gives them the stunning Sapphire blue eye colour that we all love (ALL ragdolls have blue eyes)! Ragdolls are the PERFECT companions, they are gentle, loyal and affectionate, and they follow you everywhere! Most people love ragdolls for their striking blue eyes, their generous size, their floppy & cuddly 'dog like' nature and their silky tangle-free fur. They truly are irresistible and addictive, a wonderful family pet!
Ragdolls have a muscular build, desexed male ragdolls can weigh around 6-10kg fully grown, and desexed females can weigh 4-8kg fully grown. They are also very smart, and can be taught to walk on a lead and even play fetch. Ragdolls are strictly indoor cats, as they cant adequately defend themselves in the wild and depend very much on their human companions. They are very trusting of people and other animals which isn't always a good thing if they are let outside - they can easily get hurt, stolen or lost. Therefore, before you get a Ragdoll or any other breed of kitten for that matter, you must make sure your home is prepared for their arrival and is completely safe.
Ragdolls can get along with most other animals including dogs, other cats, and sometimes rabbits, guinea pigs and birds; they are very docile but still very playful when they want to be. They are gentle with children too (as long as children are gentle with them!) Ragdolls don't tend to use their claws like other breeds of cats when playing with children. They love to be held like a baby and go limp when picked up (hence the name Rag doll), they want to be involved in everything you do & they love to sleep in the bed with you. They greet you at the door when you come home and help you with your daily chores. If they fall asleep next to you and wake up without you there they pace the house calling out for you to come and give them a cuddle, they can be extremely vocal and demanding of your attention, some people say they aren't talkative, but we beg to differ!
Ragdolls don't need as much grooming as other cats, they have a semi longhaired coat and they don't shed much hair - it is usually only during change of season. Once a week brushing is usually enough to control this shedding & avoid hairballs. Their fur is silky soft and is often likened to mohair rabbit fur, it is meant to be a close flat lying coat as opposed to a fluffy one, and you can see the hair part and 'break' as the cat moves.
Obviously all ragdolls have unique personalities, but above are just some of the common traits that make them so lovable as a breed. Ragdolls make great family pets, so if you want a friendly and affectionate lap cat, then the Ragdoll is definitely for you.
This breed of cat truly does possess the ability to convert you forever and melt your heart - even if you are not a cat lover. We absolutely love our cats, we love living with them, playing with them, watching them grow, and watching them produce beautiful healthy kittens that make other families as happy and 'Ragdoll obsessed' as we are. All of our Ragdolls are so sociable and friendly and share that same love of affection and attention! They truly are a wonderful breed of cat!
Ragdolls are a hybrid breed, meaning they were produced through human intervention instead of developing naturally in the wild, this is the case with a lot of other cat breeds, & surprisingly the result has been consistent, sturdy and healthy. Ragdolls originated in California in the early 1960's, when Anne Baker selectively bred various non-pedigree cats (a Birman look alike, a Persian/Angora look alike & a Burmese look alike) to produced the desired result. The main four foundation Ragdolls were Daddy Warbucks, Josephine, Blackie and Beauty. After Anne Baker was happy with the result of her experimental breeding program, she trademarked the name Ragdoll and the breed began! There are lots of different stories about how the Ragdoll breed originated - some very hard to believe, but it is still not certain how they developed the famous Ragdoll temperament. All we can say for sure is that the Ragdoll has continued on the desired traits - a friendly and floppy nature, luscious long tangle free fur, stunning blue eyes and generous size for over 50 years now, and Ragdolls are adored by cat lovers all over the world. There are hundreds of Ragdoll breeders worldwide today, and the Ragdoll is definitely the fastest growing breed in popularity, even with its controversial beginnings. Unfortunately many records have been lost over the years, so the breeders of today are still searching for pedigrees to find missing links.
Over the years there has been some authorised & unauthorised out crossing to pedigreed Balinese, Birman & Persian cats to bring in various colours and traits. This outcross is controversial, there are some breeders who are considered 'purists' who only want the 100% TR lines in only the traditional colours and patterns that Anne Baker focussed on. There are other breeders (like ourselves) who appreciate the look of the new colours and patterns that were introduced by outcross as well as the old traditional lines, colours and patterns.
We just love Ragdolls in general, all colours and patterns are stunning - including the reds, creams, torties and tabbys that originally came from the outcross. We now have some 100% Traditional lines and we have to plan our matings to try and maintain the purer bloodlines, whilst also improving the look, health and type of both our traditional and non traditional ragdoll kittens.
Above - One of our previous kittens 'Saffireblu Ginja Ninja', a Red Ragdoll.
SO HOW DO I KNOW IF A RAGDOLL THE BREED FOR ME?
*All of this information about Ragdolls can be put to the test, if you have never had the pleasure of meeting a Ragdoll then you are welcome to come and visit some of our cats by appointment, it is defintely the best way to learn about the breed. We also highly recommend you attend a local cat show to see all breeds that you may be interested in, meet some breeders and talk to them about their breed and their practices, and make sure you are making the right choice for your family. We regularly attend shows so if you would like to organise to meet us at a local venue then please give us a call.
*We often have people ask us for a small Ragdoll, but as Ragdolls are a large breed of cat we are actually trying to breed them to be bigger so that they conform more to the breed standard & are more impressive on the show bench. If you would like a smaller cat all we can do is suggest a female to you, we can't actually try to breed them smaller. It is best to research a few breeds before you select your new kitten, so that you are certain that the Ragdoll cat suits your lifestyle and is what you are looking for size wise and aesthetically. Thank you for reading :)