Dolly Birds
Dolly Birds

educated breeders

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Dolly Birds is a small Ragdoll cattery in the Netherlands. We are registered by FIFE and TICA. Our cattery aims to breed healthy and beautiful kittens with the genuine Ragdoll temperament. We believe striving for outstanding temperaments gives our cats the best chance of a great life.

CATTERY & CONSULTANCY

I am a teacher at the Martin Gaus Academy. This university offers a four-year academic education for canine and feline behavior and breeding. As a result of my work I fell in love with the Ragdoll. I hope to contribute to this beautiful and affectionate breed. Next to breeding and teaching I give free behavior consultations (problems, socialization and group dynamics) to improve the well being of breeding cats.

 
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RESIDENCE

Our home is located in The Netherlands at the countryside of Amsterdam. All our Ragdolls are family members and have access to every room. We have a spacious garden where they can play and run freely. Our males have their own cattery of 50 square meters and an outside run. We prefer to live with a small group of Ragdolls. Cats are not pack animals and their social structures differ from dogs. 

 

 

MALES

MARLCREEK

BERU 

MALE - Marlcreek something to talk about - Blue MITTED -SIRE: MARLCREEK WELCOME TO HILLSDALE – DAM: MArlcreek Just a kiss  - Fiv/felv neg - Bloodgroup A - HCM/PKD NEG

Beru looks a lot like his amazing father "Welcome to Hillsdale". He weighs over 8 kilo today. Besides his impressive size, big cheeks and strong chin he has an outstanding temperament. This boy purrs non stop, is extremely affectionate and jumps on your lap. He's our gentle Giant. Thank you Charmayne Anderson for this treasure.

 

KOC-POL CAT

RAVI

MALE - KOC-POL CAT BARI - Blue BICOLOR -SIRE: KOC-POL CAT JAFFA – DAM: Koc-pol cat june - Fiv/felv neg - Bloodgroup A - HCM/PKD NEG

We fell for Ravi in a heartbeat. He has the special and sweet look we love. Next to his charisma he has a big, massive body, strong profile and chin. His tail could be a little bit longer. Ravi is a brave, social and very sweet boy. We choose his ‘extreme’ type in our program to correct possible weaknesses in our dam line. Thank you Monika.

AMULET

RUIZ

neuter – AMULET'S NERION - SEAL BIColor – Sire: MIDNIGHTDOLLS INDIGOdam: AMULET’S BONITA STAR - Bloodgroup - HCM/PKG -

Ruiz is our special dolly bird. We were captivated by his amazing beauty and character. Ruiz is the reason we started breeding Ragdolls. With his naughty and sweet expression he catches your eye. He definitely caught the eye of the judge at his (and our) first show. Ruiz has an amazing personality and a special place in our hearts. 

FEMALES

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EULALIE

NOVA

Neuter - Eulalie Adina - Seal mitted – sire: Eulalie zavian zazu – daM:  Eulalie Karamelle Baby -  Fiv/felv neg - Bloodgroup A - HCM/PKD NEG

Nová has a strong profile and very dark eyes. She is not our biggest girl, but definitely the bravest. What we absolutely love the most about Nová is her floppy temperament. She loves to be carried around, follows you everywhere, always purrs and sleeps on your lap. Nova is spayed after her first litter. She lives with Kitty and Han.

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DOLLY BIRDS

ROSE

Female - DOLLY BIRDS LA VIE EN ROSE - Blue Lynx Bicolor – sire: Koc-pol cat bari – daM: amulet Ophira -  Fiv/felv - NEG Bloodgroup A - HCM/PKD Neg

Dolly Birds La vie en Rose is our home bred girl. We were in love with her from the moment she opened her big eyes. She looks a lot like her mother Coco, but she has a stronger chin and a more extroversive temper already. Rose is extremely affectionate, social, relaxed ánd she is a lap cat. This beauty just blows you away. Her V could be better.

AMULET

COCO

Female - AMULET'S OPHIRA - Blue LYNX BIColor -SIRE: MIDNIGHTDOLLS INDIGO -DAM: AMULET’S DESTINY -  - Fiv/felv neg - Bloodgroup A - HCM/PKD NEG

Coco truly takes your breath away with her big oval eyes and special expression. She has a strong profile and great height in forehead. Her chin could be a bit stronger. Happily we have two males with an excellent chin. Coco is a large girl and her coat is full and silky. Of course this girl has the temper we are so selective about. Thank you Jannie.

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EULALIE

EVEE

Female - EULALIE AVALYN - Blue MITTED – sire: BUSIBU DREAM ON – daM: SOULMATES LOVELYN -  Fiv/felv - NEG Bloodgroup A - HCM/PKD Neg

Eulalie Avalyn is a gift from our friend Eva. When we saw Avalyn we were in love. She has the same incredible temper as our Nova. Avalyn has a very strong profile and chin. She is a big girl and has a full and silky coat. The shape of her eyes is oval and have the expression we love. Her eyes could be a bit darker. Thanks Eva for all.

 


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DOLLY BIRDS

NINA

Female - DOLLY BIRDS NINA - Blue CREAM Bicolor – sire: MIDNIGHTDOLLS INDIGO - daM: BELRUDU PHOEBE -  Fiv/felv - NEG Bloodgroup - A HCM/PKD NEG

Dolly Birds Nina is a gift from our mentor. Nina has a full and silky coat, a big body, a long wide tail, well set ears, a good profile and a special expression. Her eyes look a bit crossed at pictures, but they are normal. Nina is a a little shy at first, but when she trusts you she loves to cuddle and even sleeps on your lap. Thanks Ellen for this pretty girl.

DIADEM'S

LUCY

Female - DIADEM'S LOVELYN - SEAL BIC - SIRE: DIadem's Blue Candy - Dam: DIADEM’s HaPPY HAPPINESS - Fiv/felv neg - Bloodgroup A - HCM/PKD NEG

The main reason we choose Lucy is because we fell in love with her breeder and her mother Happy. Lucy has a very strong profile and chin, and a perfect silky coat. Her ears are a bit too small though. Lucy melts our hearts with her brave and sweet temper every day. She is our most active Ragdoll and the garden is her favorite spot. Thanks Sol for Lucy.

 
 

KITTENS

ACTUAL KITTENS

Ravi and Lucy have 6 amazing babies. They are all booked.

Ravi and Coco have 5 strong typed beautiful kittens. All have found a home.

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KITTENS

PLANS

Lucy is pregnant of Ravi and we are looking forward to their kittens.

Summer: Coco X Beru and Nina X Ravi

Autum: Rose X Beru


KITTENS

PURCHASE

If the kittens are 14-16 weeks they are ready to move to their new homes. Our kittens are examined by a vet, vaccinated and dewormed. All our babies leave our home neutered or spayed. We make no exception. The main goal of our breeding is producing Ragdolls with the most lovely characters for your company. We love our kittens and look for the best homes. 

Pet family's who are interested in our kittens can send us an email. It's highly appreciated if you complete your request with pictures of your family and home. And of course we would love to meet you in person too. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us. 

All companion kittens leaving our home will have included:

  • TICA registration papers

  • Vaccinations

  • Contract

  • Veterinary health records

  • Genetic test results parents

  • Giftbox

If you are interested in a breeder kitten, please contact us by dollybirdscattery@hotmail.com or facebook. We only sell to small ethical hobby catteries and we will always do a reference check.

KITTENS

AVAILABLE

This fantastic boy is available for a small cattery. He is bred by our friend Tina Mason who is a wonderful breeder. Her boy has a beautiful type, dark eyes and a temper to die for. His mother Diadem’s Lillybeth Lovely is a sister of our Lucy and his father is Diamonddolls Playboy. If you are interested you can mail us dollybirdscattery@hotmai.com. As we get many messages daily please name a subject. Thank you!

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BREED

APPEARANCE

 

 

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)


BREED

CHARACTER

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).


BREED

DISEASES

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. 

Literature
New trends in feline breeding, Daniela Jasmin Busse
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

Wikipedia
Feline Advisory Bureau, Cat Care 

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TRAINING

Most Ragdolls are easy to train. We use positive reinforcement to train our cats. 

There are several training methods based on positive reinforcement. At the Martin Gaus Academy and we have many workshops and lectures about cat behavior.

We totally agree on John Bradshaw on animal behavior. He says: "Most behavior problems are better divided into behaviors that are essentially normal for cats but undesired by owners and behaviors that are actually problems for the cats, i.e. influenced by pathology" (The Behavior of the Domestic Cat, John Bradshaw see literature).  If you need any help, just let us know. We are educated breeders specialized in animal behavior.

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science can Make you a better friend to your pet, John Bradshaw
The Behavior of the Domestic Cat, John Bradshaw, Rachel Casey and Sarah Brown
Clicker Training for cats, Karen Pryor
Kitten Training for kids, Sarah Whitehead
How to train your cat, Sarah Ellis, John Bradshaw (Dutch translation)


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ACTIVITY

As Ragdolls are indoor cats you have to make sure they get some physical and mental activity to keep them healthy. So you need some cat trees, scratch places and toys. We advice quality furniture designed for large breeds. You can also create a play wall including a hammock, scratching options, hiding places, cozy spots, multi levels and some platforms. You can also easily create these elements yourself. The book Catification (Jackson Galaxy) is full of ideas to make your home cat friendly. Next to some furniture it's important you play with your cats to meet their instinctive needs like hunting.

Literature
Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish home for your cat (and you!), Jackson Galaxy
Playtime for cats: activities and games for felines, Helena Dbaly and Stefanie Sigl
Bird Watching for Cats, Kit and George Harrison

 


CARE

LITTERBOX

Because Ragdolls are big cats they need a large litterbox. Make sure the litterbox is always clean. Most cats won't go to a dirty bathroom. A clean toilet is also important to prevent medical conditions such as UTI's (Urinairy Trackt Infection's). If you have more cats or live in a big house, you need more litterboxes. It's also relevant to place the litterbox at a private spot. Keep it away from food and toys. Every activity needs it separate area: eating, sleeping, playing and the bathroom. You might need to remove the door of the litterbox as some cats find a door scary or uncomfortable. An open litter box is a good alternative. We use natural litter made of plants and wood. Make sure you have some of the same litter at home when your kitten arrives. A sudden change in litter and make them unsure using the bathroom.


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GROOMING

We have already have been brushing your kitten and clipped it's nails. It's important that you continue these routines. You will save yourself a lot of work when you put some energy in grooming when they are still young. It's much more difficult for an adult cat to get used to this. Remember it's important your kitten experiences grooming in a positive way. So be gentle and observe your cat's body language. When he gets stressed or irritated you better pauze and continue at a moment he's relaxed. When you finish grooming reward your cat with a threat or attention. Most Ragdolls will love to be groomed as they are very laid back and love attention. As Ragdolls have a non-matting coat you will only need to brush them a few times a week. You need to clip the nails every few weeks.



CARE

FOOD

Cats are obligate carnivores and require a diet high in protein. Cat food ingredients are listed in decreasing order according to weight. So formulas that are mostly meat will have meat listed at first ingredient. Feeding your cat a formula with identified meat (like chicken or salmon) ensures that your cat is getting its protein from a quality meat source and not an not an unidentifiable mystery meat source. Materials like rice, wheat, barley, corn or any other carbohydrates in large amounts should be alarming. These are cheap ingredients that are there to save money. Next to this you can check the amount of chemicals being used.

It's important to feed your Ragdoll high quality food to keep them healthy. This way you also avoid high vets bills.


CREDITS

THANKS TO

Ellen Schippers (Tajeschidolls), Jannie Langhorst (Amulet), Charmayne Anderson (Marlcreek), Reme & Marta (Busi-Bu), Solveig Damsgaard (Diadem's), Monika Koc (Koc-Pol Cat), thank you so much for your friendship, trust and believe in me. I will always remember your generosity.