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About the Ragdoll breed

Temperament 

The Ragdoll personality is calm and even-tempered. Sweet, friendly, and loving, this cat is relaxed and very good natured. This is one of the main reasons that the Ragdoll is one of the most popular breeds in America, according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

These cats are eager to greet you at the front door and follow you anywhere you want to go. They’re even nicknamed the “puppy cat” because of their desire to follow humans around from one room to another, not to mention their desire to be held, cuddled, and loved.

The Ragdoll personality gets along well with all family members (including children), as well as dogs and other household cats. Changes in routine do not usually upset the Ragdoll, and they are the perfect companion for apartment living.

Despite their need for affection, they’re surprisingly quiet, possessing a sweet, soft, and musical voice. They have a moderate energy level and very laid-back demeanor. As opposed to most breeds, they prefer to stay at ground level, rarely climbing to the highest spot in your home. The place they want to be the most is snuggled in your lap.

Ragdoll cats can learn quickly with positive reinforcement. They can even be taught to play fetch, come when called, and walk on a leash.

The Ragdoll personality is best suited to any home where people are willing to love them and brush their coat at least once a week. However, because of their intensely social nature, they are not a cat that you can leave alone for long periods of time. If you want to get a Ragdoll cat, but have to work outside of your home, think about getting two Ragdolls, so that they can keep each other company while you are gone.

History

The Ragdoll cat was created by breeder Ann Baker in California in the 1960s. She called the cat “Ragdoll” because they would happily flop into the arms of anyone who would pick them up. Ms. Baker registered the new cat breed and then launched the International Ragdoll Cat Association. She trademarked the breed name and established her own detailed breeding criteria.

Color

The Ragdoll coat comes in 2 types: traditional and mink. They come in six different colors; seal, blue, chocolate, red, lilac, and cream – giving the breed a variety of looks. The coat varies from semi-long to long, it is silky and plush, and as soft as rabbits' fur. 


Patterns

Our ragdolls are color point which means light color body with dark face, ears, legs and tails. One of our girls is lynx color point. Lynx refers to her stripes on her head, legs and tail. Both of our girls are mitted. Mitted means they have white socks on their dark legs. If we say that a kitten has a blaze it means, there is a white marking (usually like a star) on their forehead. I don't expect to have any bicolored kittens. Bicolor means they have a dark face with white markings (white is usually the jaw and between the eyes). 

Mink and Traditional Ragdolls

Mink

The term “mink” comes from the texture of this cat's fur. Their fur feels even softer and smoother than a tradional Radgoll's. Mink Ragdoll fur also tends to be more vibrant in color than a regular Ragdoll's. And their eyes will be aqua rather than blue. Mink Ragdolls are born with colored fur unlike tradional Ragdolls. 

Traditional 

Traditional Ragdolls are born completely white and start slowly acquiring their point color between 4 to 14 days old. Traditionals Ragdolls have a thick plush coat which is super soft similar to that of a Rabbit. Traditional Ragdolls are born all white and will have blue eyes. 

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