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What is a Ragdoll?
If a dog is "man's best friend," then it must also be said that Ragdoll cats are "man's best companion." More than pets, Ragdolls are true companions. The Ragdoll cat has many special features. The Ragdoll's sweet temperament is probably its most outstanding trait.
Ragdolls are large, bulky and handsome cats. They have been commonly referred to as "the gentle giants" - because in spite of their handsomeness and grace, they are extremely even-tempered and docile.
Able to steal your heart and make you wonder exactly who owns who, Ragdoll cats quickly adapt. They fit right into your life and fill it with "Ragdoll Magic!"
Ragdoll cats charm their owners with funny, as well as tender moments. The character traits of this breed alone makes it special! However, the physical aspects, build, and "looks" of the breed will further impress your fancy.
Originally, as the Ragdoll breed was introduced to us by Ann Baker, it consisted of 3 distinct color patterns. Since then, through careful consideration and monitored breeding, the breed expanded.
All Ragdolls have blue eyes. Ragdolls now come in the any of the following 6 colors: Seal Point, Blue Point, Chocolate Point, Lilac Point, Red Point, and Cream Point.
Below is a breakdown of the patterns in which any Ragdoll cat may fall in to. Respective breeders will provide you with your kittens' color and pattern.
Colorpoint Point colored mask, ears, feet, nose, paw pads and tail. A Colorpoint has no white.
Mitted Point colored masked, ears and legs with white mittens on the front feet and white boots on the back legs. The chin, ruff and stomach are white.
BiColor Point colored ears and tail. White inverted "V" in their mask, white legs, feet, ruff and stomach. Nose and paw pads are pink.
Lynx Point Overlays any one of the above patterns. The Lynx pattern shows as tabby markings on the face in what appears to be the letter "W".
Tortie Point Overlays any of the above patterns. Totie Points, color-wise, will generally have Red or Cream mixed with one of the other colors.
Ragdolls have unique personalities. They are loving, placid and easy-going, quiet cats. Ragdolls love being with people. This makes them excellent companions for children and adults alike!
Sweet and docile, Ragdolls are not "fighter" cats. They view any on-comer as a loving entity. For this reason, Ragdolls are strictly indoor cats.
Ragdolls display many characteristics traditionally attributed to dogs: retrieving toys, loyalty to its owner, following you around everywhere, attention to what you are doing all the time and being very devoted to you.
While these wonderful cats are calm and sweet, they do like playing as well! Ragdolls are very energetic. Their physical build provides them with the ability to move, run and jump like no other cat you�ve ever seen. As kittens, Ragdolls entertain you for hours with "catty" behavior such as chasing their own tails, chasing flies, and exploring the world around them.
Ragdoll kittens are born white with their color and patterns starting to show when they are about 10 days old. Their full color and development is not reached until they are 2 to 3 years old. Ragdolls have rabbit-like fur. It is medium to very long, silky, and seldom mats. They shed very little and require minimal grooming.
Ragdolls enjoy being held like a baby. They habitually lie on their backs with their back legs flattened out and "arms" sticking straight up in the air!
Male Ragdolls, fully matured could weigh up to 30 pounds. Females weigh a little less - usually 15 to 20 pounds - when fully grown.
Ragdolls are bred Ragdoll to Ragdoll. There should never be any out-crossing to other varieties since it is a pure strain and breeds "true." Ragdolls are registerable with most valid cat associations.
Welcoming a Ragdoll into your home will be a wonderful addition to your family. In a very short time, you will realize exactly how special these cats really are! And you will understand the excitement that all of us - those of us who already own one - feel about the breed. You will wonder why more people do not know about them!
Getting a Ragdoll kitten from a reputable breeder is crucial. The temperament and behavior of any Ragdoll cat is directly influenced by its breeder. The first 12 weeks of a kitten's life play a key role in how it develops and behaves as it matures. This makes selecting a breeder particularly important!
The Ragdoll cat breed is unique because it incorporates beauty, grace, gentleness and fun all into one adorable package! Please learn everything you can about this wonderful breed. Explore all of the segments that this web page has to offer! Get a true feel of exactly how special these Ragdoll cats are. We are indeed lucky to have them with us!