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Ann Baker of Riverside, CA created the Ragdoll breed in the late 1960's. She started out with a longhaired white Angora Persian type cat named Josephine. Josephine had been in an accident, which she was nursed back to health from. Her kittens had good personalities, grew large, with nice coats, and blue eyes. She selected certain cats she wished to breed with Josephine, and eventually created what is now known as the Ragdoll. The Ragdoll breed did not come from pedigreed cats, we use the word "type" to give you an idea of what the foundation cats looked like.
Ragdolls are large, floppy, laid back cats, with great loving personalities, medium-long hair with blue eyes. They are dog-like, will follow you around from room to room, and they enjoy being with you. They adjust well and get along with other pets, such as dogs. Their coat does not require much maintenance; they have soft silky rabbit like fur. Ragdolls over all are a rather quiet cat, they do not howl or scream. Occasionally your Ragdoll may talk to you in a soft voice when he/she wants attention.
Ragdolls are born white, when their eyes open they are blue and will remain blue through out their life. They start getting color with in 5-10 days after birth; they won't get their full color/coat until 2-3 years of age. Male Ragdolls can reach up to 20 pounds or more, although we have noticed the average is around 15 pounds. Females are generally smaller weighing up to 15 pounds; we have noticed 9-12 pounds to be about average. They are slow maturing cats, taking up to four years to reach their full size.
Ragdolls are very affectionate non-aggressive cats. They love to play and love to flop, they will lay on their backs with their bellies up and enjoy and good belly rub. Often times many Ragdolls will go limp in your arms when you hold them. Because of their non-aggressive nature they must remain indoors. We also recommend that you do not declaw Ragdolls as they rarely scratch or claw at your furniture, if you provide them a proper scratching post. We train our kittens from a very young age to use scratching posts, so you shouldn't have any problem.
Ragdolls have a very special place in our heart; you can't help but love them. If you choose to adopt a Ragdoll, we guarantee that you will grow to love the Ragdoll Breed.
What is a Mink Ragdoll?
While you may heard of a Mink Ragdoll before and possibly thought it was a different breed of cat, actually a Mink is also a part of the Ragdoll breed. The difference between a traditional Ragdoll and a Mink comes mainly from 3 distinct features of the Mink. The first difference is that the coat of a mink is even softer and silkier then that of a traditional Ragdoll. Another is that while the eyes of a traditional Ragdoll are usually a beautiful blue, the Mink will have an aqua blue-green color to them. The last main difference is that the Mink at birth has color unlike the traditional Ragdoll which is born white and has color come in as it gets older. The color of a Mink is much darker and more noticeable then a traditional Ragdoll. Minks come in all of the same colors and patterns and a traditional Ragdoll. Also, the Mink is no different than the traditional Ragdoll when it comes to personality. They are just as floppy, happy and loving as a traditional Ragdoll.
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