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The first thing you may notice when you see a Ragdoll is its size -female Ragdolls generally weigh about 4-6 kg and males about 7-10 kg, making them about three times bigger than "regular" cats!

The Ragdoll is the largest cat breed in the world and it´s even mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ragdolls grow slowly and it takes approximately 3-4 years to reach full maturity in both size and colour.

Ragdolls have a very soft, rabbit like, medium-long fur. They usually have longer hair around the neck ("ruff") and on the back of the hindquarters ("britches"). Ragdolls shed relatively little fur and regular weekly brushing ensures minimal shedding.

Ragdolls are placid, calm, yet moderately active and like to play.  With their easy-going attitude, they get along well with other animals and children and rarely use their claws while playing with someone. Although it is recommended that as an indoor cat they have their nails trimmed every fortnight or so. Ragdolls are generally not destructive at home. They are extremely curious and always inquisitive.

The kittens are born white and their colours and patterns start to show when they are about 10 days old. Ragdolls get darker with age.

     

At the moment there are THREE recognised standard patterns - Colourpoint, Mitted and Bi-Colour.

There are four recognised main colours –Seal, Blue, Lilac and Chocolate.

There are also new, "non-traditional" colours and patterns and more are being developed by crossbreeding with other breeds and old original Ragdoll lines. These include tortie points, lynx points, shaded silvers, cream points, red/flame points and solid colours (no points).

There is some mystery about the origins of the Ragdoll cat and many stories which cannot be proven. However there are some elements that we do know for certain. The Ragdoll was founded in Riverside, California in the 60's by a woman named Ann Baker, and the foundation cat of the breed was an ordinary non-pedigree, white, longhaired female cat called Josephine. Josephine belonged to Ann Baker´s neighbour Mrs. Pennels.

At one time Josephine was hit by a car and she was nursed back to health indoors so when she had her next litter, the kittens were born in the house where Ann Baker saw something so special about the kittens that she eventually  decided to use them for creating a new breed and she trademarked the "RAGDOLL" name.

Josephine was mated to a black/brown Persian-type tom called Beauty and the resulting offspring was a tom that  Ann Baker called Daddy Warbucks. From another mating with a self coloured black tom called Blackie, Josephine produced a self coloured black female who Ann Baker called Buckwheat.

Buckwheat and Daddy Warbucks produced a litter of four kittens born on 3rd July, 1965. In this litter were two self coloured and two pointed kittens. The self coloured kittens, also known as solids or non-pointeds, were Gueber, a Black male and Mitts, a Black Mitted male and the pointed kittens were Tiki, also known as Toni, a Chocolatepoint female and Kyoto, a Seal Mitted male.

Raggedy Ann Tiki and Raggedy Ann Kyoto were registered as Ragdolls with NCFA by Ann Baker and Gueber and Mitts were registered with the same body as experimental Persians.

When Gueber was mated with Raggedy Ann Toy Ling, the offspring of Tiki and Kyoto, the resulting kitten was Raggedy Ann Adam, born 11th June, 1967 and he was also registered with NCFA as an experimental Persian.

For some years the pointed Ragdolls were the favoured ones and the self coloureds were ignored. Ann Baker did not bother with them either and gave them to a friend to care for but by the early 1970's, when she had formed her own registry, IRCA, she decided to reintroduce the self coloureds, or solids, because she then believed they were important to help maintain the size and eye colour of the pointed Ragdolls and she called them Ragdolls Tu. Since IRCA was not a recognised body the pedigrees of many cats, including self coloureds, registered with this registry were never recognised and tend to be 'controversial'. They are often seen listed on pedigrees from other registries as "Foundation".

 

Today the Ragdoll is still a relatively rare breed, but the number of Ragdolls and breeders is growing very rapidly.  Ragdolls are now accepted by most cat associations and some breeders are working to introduce new colours and patterns to the breed. 

Ragdolls are cats who love to be with humans and attach strongly to their owners. Ragdoll owners tell how their cats wait for them at the door when they come home and follow them everywhere like shadows, even to the bathroom!  Ragdoll owners are rarely alone; Ragdolls want to take part in everything that happens in the house.  They are extremely affectionate and have strong, individual personalities. They are absolutely charming members of the famiily and FASARA Ragdolls is honoured to provide you with your newest member of the family today.

Ragdolls can easily be trained and they can usually learn the same tricks as dogs, like retrieving toys, rolling and begging. They are also easy to teach how to walk on a leash, come to a whistle, bell or command and how to use a scratching post.

It is our divine privellege to be so fortunate to breed such lovely temperate, laided back furbabies. BEWARE you may not be able to stop at just one raggdoll as their incredible nature is quite infectious!! You won't just be purchasing a new pet, you will be receiving a new FAMILY MEMBER who is going to LOVE YOU FOREVER!