The Ragdoll is a large, semi-longhaired cat with captivating blue eyes. His coat is medium length, silky and does not tangle. A fully-grown female weights from 8 to 15 pounds (3.6 to 6.8 kg). Males are substantially larger, ranging from 12 to 20 pounds (5.4 kg to 9.1 kg). Ragdolls will generally reach full maternity at about three years to four years of age.
The Ragdoll color pallet consists of seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, red and cream along with the tortoiseshell and lynx (or tabby) variations.
- Pointed: one color darkening at the nose, ears, tail, and paws;
- Mitted: same as pointed, but with white paws and abdomen. With or without a blaze, but must have a belly stripe and a white chin;
- High Mitted Bicolor: same as mitted, with white paws, chest and abdomen. White V mark on the face. The color can be blue, seal, red, chocolate, and cream;
- Bicolor: white legs, white inverted V on the face, white abdomen and sometimes white patches on the back (source: The International Cat Association)
Generally, the Ragdoll cat is a loving, quiet cat with a very laid back disposition. Like a child's ragdoll, many of these cats will go limp in your arms and flop like a stuffed doll when cuddled. Ragdolls are known for their tolerant attitudes with other animals and especially children. Ragdolls are very gentle and play without extending their claws. They thrive on human companionship and are more interested in humans than most other breeds. They are known for their puppy-like character and run to greet you at the door, follow you through the house, flop on you, sleep with you and choose to be where you are.
(sources: The International Cat Association, The Cat's Financiers Association).
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common genetic heart disease in all cats. The disease causes thickening of the heart wall, witch makes the heart pump less efficiently. In Ragdolls homozygous positive for the disease, the condition can present as young as six months, with most cats dying by the age of three years. Heterozygous cats tend to have later onset and slower progression of the disease. In 2007 a DNA test was developed to identify the gene that causes HCM. Breeding only from Ragdolls that are free from this gene will ensure that they will not develop the form of HCM associated with it. All of our cats are screened for the HCM genetic mutation prior to entering our breeding program.
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a disorder that affects the kidneys and other organs. Clusters of fluid-filled sacs, called cysts, develop in the kidneys and interfere with their ability to filter waste from the blood. The growth of cysts causes the kidneys to become enlarged and can lead to kidney failure (Diseases and Management in the Multiple-Cat Environment, Pedersen). In cats polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disease. (source: Feline Advisory Bureau). We will test all our cats for PDK disease before using them for breeding.
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The complete book of cat breeding, Dan Rice
Robinson's Genetics for Cat Breeders and Veterinarians, Carolyn M. Vella
Feline Husbandry: Diseases and Management in the Multiple-Cat Environment, Pedersen
DVM phD, Niels C.
The International Cat Association
The Cat's Financiers Association
Feline Advisory Bureau, Cat Care