Ann Baker from the Riverside, California is the developer of the Ragdoll breed of cats in the 1960s. A longhaired, pure white cat named Josephine is said to be Ragdoll’s matriarch along with a seal mitted male that was named Daddy Warbucks as well as a solid black cat that was named Blackie. Warbucks is believed to be bred to a daughter of Josephine called Buckwheat and her half sister named Fugianna. All these cats are thought to be the foundation of the Ragdoll cat breed. Baker insisted that Josephine’s genes were modified at their nearby medical center where Josephine was taken after it was hit by a vehicle. Liters who were born after Josephine’s return from hospital that loving, limp personalities which the Ragdolls were widely known for, in contrast to her “regular” kittens born before her hospitalization.
Ragdolls are intelligent, affectionate, gentle and relaxed in temperament and easy to handle lap cats. Their calm, docile and floppy nature of Ragdolls is a characteristic considered to come from their Persian and Birman breed links. These cats are not very curious and usually mind their own business. Though Ragdolls are not averse to physical activity and welcome any opportunity to have fun, but they usually stay calm and composed.
- Activity Level : 2/5 (usually calm and cool, though welcome a chance for activity)
- Intelligence Level: 3/5 (intelligent)
- Curiosity: 2/5 (it does not need to know everything)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (very friendly)
- Vocal: 3/5 (usually calm but can be loud as well)
Ragdolls are among the largest breeds of domesticated cats boasting a large frame, sturdy body and very proportionate legs. Their large muscular body is complimented by their semi-long hairs and a silky soft and distinct colorpoint coat. A significant characteristic of Ragdolls are their beautiful blue eyes which are attributed to the same genes that gave them a colorpoint coat.
- Fur : The coat features long guard hairs, whereas the lack of any dense undercoat in these cats ensures minimum shedding as well as matting.
- Eyes : They have large and shiny blue colored eyes are full of affection.
- Body Structure: These beautiful cats have a long, substantial body with a sturdy boning to match. They are muscular in overall appearance.
- Facial Features: The have a medium sized faced with a broad muzzle and a well developed chin.
- Weight : males 20 pounds and females range from 10-15 pound.
The ragdoll breed does appear to have a higher vulnerability towards Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. There is no cure for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, however treatments can prolong the feline's life. Approach your breeder to see whether they've screened for the HCM hereditary change to dispose of the possibility of obtaining a little cat that may build up this troublesome heart disease. A few studies find that ragdoll felines, particularly those whose heritage follows back to Australia; have a higher danger for conveying the Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis VI gene. The lack additionally influences joints and left untreated can result in portability issues and even loss of motion. Current treatment alternatives incorporate bone marrow transplants and compound substitution therapy. Care must be taken when use ragdolls as a child’s pet. Their coats need care and should be frequently brushed and cleaned.
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