The Ragdoll breed evolved in 1963 in the Californian town of Riverside, having been bred by the
late Ann Baker. They first entered the UK in 1981, and since then their popularity has grown rapidly.
At Jazzamor we strive to maintain the wonderful type and temperament of those first Ragdolls bred by
Ann Baker in the USA.
The Ragdoll is a large, sweet-natured cat. They are people-orientated cats who love to be with humans, and build a
strong bond with their owners. Ragdoll cats are calm, yet moderately active and like to play. They are gentle
and good with children, the elderly and other animals.
It has often been said that they are puppy-like because of their loyalty; they always come when called and also enjoy
retrieving toys. They can even learn to walk on a harness and lead, but being a "raggie" are probably happiest
curled up on a lap or having a cuddle!
Ragdolls are strictly indoor cats and should not be let out to roam uncontrolled. Their easy-going, laid-back temperament
means they are perfectly happy to be house pets. They dislike being left alone for long periods, and if they have to be
left occasionally are happier with another feline friend for company.
Ragdolls come in the traditional colours of blue, seal, lilac and chocolate (although lilac and chocolate are
difficult to acquire in the UK) and also the newer colours of red and cream, in solid points, tabby points, tortie points
and tortie/tabby points, which may be transposed over each of the three accepted patterns of bicolour,
colourpointed and mitted.
The Ragdoll should have a good length to its body, a long bushy tail, good strong bone and large, rounded,
tufted paws. They have a broad head with a flat plane and width between their medium sized ears. Their nose
should be medium in length with a gentle dip. The finishing touch should be their beautiful
blue eyes - the deeper blue the better.
Ragdolls are semi-longhaired cats, and have soft, rabbit-like fur which is reputed to be non-matting. However
this is not strictly true, and if neglected it will tangle. They should be groomed once or twice a week to keep their
gorgeous coats in top condition.
Male Ragdolls can sometimes grow quite large, often weighing in at around 15lbs. The females tend to be
about 5lb lighter. Once neutered there isn't much difference in temperament between the sexes - although some
males are especially loving.
Ragdoll cats are very slow maturing, and it can take up to four years to achieve their full size and coat colour. Although
a baby Ragdoll is very sweet and cuddly, it is one of the few breeds that actually improves with age, and a fully grown
Ragdoll is simply stunning.
The Colourpoint has a dark mask, ears, paws and tail. The "Seal" point should have deep seal brown points all of
the same shade, and the body colour should be beige. The "Blue" point has grey-blue points all of the same shade,
and the body colour should be a silver-ivory colour. Nose leather and paw pads should be the same
colour as the points.
The Mitted has the same dark mask, ears, legs and tail as the Colourpoint, but the chin, bib and chest are white, as
is the under body from chest to tail. The front paws have white mittens, and the back legs have white boots. Nose
leather should be the same as the points, and the paw pads are pink. Occasionally a Mitted Ragdoll will have a
white nose blaze.
The Bicolour has an inverted white "V" on the mask which extends from the forehead covering the nose,
whisker pads and chin, but should not extend beyond the outer aperture of the eye. The bib, chest, under body
and legs are white. The nose leather and paw pads are pink.
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