Friday, June 11, 2010

Breed of the Week - Ragdoll Kitty Cat - Kansas City Cat Photography

*Information from .ragdollcatguide.com*

The ragdoll cat is a large breed of cat, best known for its easygoing and mellow nature. They have long, thick fur coats and markings that resemble a siamese. There are four marking patterns: bi-color, van, mitted and pointed. They also usually come in six colors: seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream. Points may be solid, lynx, or tortie. The body is usually stocky with short legs, and large in size compared with other cat breeds. The ragdoll is listed with guiness records as the largest cat, with males ranging 12-20 pounds, and females averaging 10-15 pounds.

The ragdoll breed originated back in the 1960's by a woman named Ann Baker, located in Riverside California. They were bred over time, to have the great characteristics that they are known for today. Caring for ragdolls is not very difficult. They do a pretty good job of cleaning themselves and their coat on a daily basis. You will want to make sure to brush them on a regular basis to avoid matting of the fur.

Ragdolls are a special breed, and you should expect to pay a fair amount of money to get one. Prices of $400 or more are very common, especially from a reputable breeder that has kittens from champion bloodlines.

Why is it called a 'Ragdoll'?
The name comes from the fact that many ragdoll cats will go 'limp' when you pick them up, similar to what a doll feels like.

Where did the breed originate?
The ragdoll is a relatively new cat breed. It is generally accepted that the breed originated back in the 1960's by a woman named Ann Baker, located in Riverside California. The reason for developing the breed has some wild claims attached to it, none of which can proved by science. We do know that the breed developed over time with the characteristic that the ragdoll is so well known for.

Is it true that the Ragdoll has a 'dog like' personality?
When most people think of cats, the word 'independent' comes to mind. The ragdoll is more of a social cat, often following its owner around craving more attention. The ragdoll is a loyal companion for sure!

Photo courtesy of my Uncle. Here is his sweet Ragdoll Kitty, Nicki.

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