Information About Ragdolls…from Dave & Georgann Chambers, 5510 Ptolemy Way, Mira Loma, CA 91752,

Phone 951-685-3252--we're located about 1 hour drive East of Los Angeles Airport.


General:

Ragdoll cats act more like dogs than cats:

 

Here is SS, the cat on the home page, at 14 year of age. Photo taken 5-11-03. This cat was raised here and currently lives with my son. SS comes to visit us, along with my son and his other two Ragdolls, two weekends every month.  He's still as pretty today as he was 10 years ago when the homepage photo was taken.

Color and Pattern:

Below is a photo that was taken in 1978. On the left is Ragnarok's Nori, the center cat is Raggedy Ann HOHO of Ragnarok, and the cat on the right is Raggedy Ann Mrs. Wiggins.  The left and right cats are sealpoint in color, while the center is a chocolate.

They come in only three color patterns:

Bi-color: This is the center cat in the photo above. White inverted "V" in mask, white legs, feet, ruff and stomach. Point colored ears and tail. Nose leather and paw pads are pink. The color spotting of the back will be a shade lighter than the points with random white spotting or color patches of any size and shape. Here is a photo of a young seal bicolor age of 8 weeks. See the color difference between this kitten and the mature bicolor above?

Colorpoint: This is the cat on the left in the photo above.  Colored mask, ears, feet, tail, nose and paw pads. Similar in color pattern to a Himalayan. Here is a photo of a 9 week old seal colorpoint, noting the color difference between the kitten and the adolescent on the left above:

Mitted: This is the cat on the right above. Colored mask, ears, tail, and legs with white mittens on front feet and white boots on back feet. White chin and ruff. Paw pads are pink. Here is a photo of a seal mitted kitten and again note the color difference between this kitten and the mature adult on the right above:

These color maturation levels can be expected on all pointed colors of the Ragdoll breed. This color maturation is a 2 year process.

In addition to the three standard patterns the Ragdolls may come in the lynx pattern as well as the tortie and torbie. These are only color patterns that may come on any of the standard patterns listed above.

They must all have beautiful blue eyes, except the minks which normally have aqua colored eyes, but some minks also have blue eyes. .

They come in the traditional Siamese colors of Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point, and Lilac (frost) Point. They also come in mink colors, on a limited basis.  For more information on mink Ragdolls, click HERE.  They do not come in solid colors.  The original Ragdolls had a variety of colors and some of us have brought some of these back into our breeding programs.  They do come in Tortie points, blue creams, creampoint,  and flame points. Whatever the color you are looking for make sure that the lines have not been out-crossed to another breed to get the color.


RAGDOLLS are a cat that should live INSIDE YOUR HOME.  Due to their gentle and trusting nature, the outside world is not a place they should freely roam.  I've included and article written by a veterinarian, that lists multiple reasons why cats should live inside your home. Click HERE to read this article.

PURRsonality:

           

Thunder is one of our current household Ragdolls. She is a sealpoint mitted female, about 6 months in this photo. She is undergoing a stress relief session by sleeping next to her "I don't suffer from STRESS" pillow.  A Ragdoll will offer you stress relief by their constant companionship, and their purring will help you feel calm. The photo on the right has (left to right) Oscar, Marble, and Tigger--all lying down for an afternoon snooze. Such a stressful life.

A Ragdoll will want to share everything you do. They love to be with you. They are more of a friend than a cat. All they require is lots of love and the same good care you would give any animal you own. If you have a lot of love to give, we have a Ragdoll that will love you back.

This is a photo of the owner of Larry. He is a sealpoint mitted male, that was very loved by his family. The family purchased him from Ragnarok some 13-14 years ago, and came back for another kitten recently. The kindly gave us this photo of their beloved prized cat.

Here is photo of another sealpoint mitted female, about one year of age, that we shipped to the UK



History of the Ragdoll:

How the Ragdoll breed originated has been discussed since the early 70's. While there are several opinions on the Ragdoll's origin, we knew Ann Baker personally and have retained correspondence and other documents from her. Thus, our history is based on personal knowledge.

    Ann Baker, the originator of the Ragdoll breed, discovered a white Angora Persian type cat that had very remarkable kittens. To see more about Ann Baker, please click HERE.  This cat Josephine had always been a free roaming cat that bred at will. She belonged to a Mrs. Pennels in the Riverside area of Southern California. The cat known as Josephine had an accident that she was very lucky to survive. After this accident people took notice of her kittens. The accident had no effect on her kittens, it just brought attention to them. n

    Josephine's kittens all seemed to grow very large and have a remarkable disposition. They all seemed to have a true loving nature, beautiful blue eyes and long non-matting fur. The originator, Ann Baker,  knew these kittens were very special. Ann Baker kept some of Josephine's kittens and bred them very carefully. Josephine had a beautiful Birman-type as one sire and a beautiful longhaired Burmese type as another sire. Plus she had several other kittens by other undetermined sires.

The kittens with the looks Ann Baker desired were kept and carefully line bred to keep the strain pure during the late 60's. . No other strain of Persian, Birman or Burmese has been introduced in the purebred lines. The traits of the Ragdoll can only be found in Josephine's descendants. The looks may vary slightly as to pattern or color, but the disposition must remain the same to be a Ragdoll. No one can add different breeds to the purebred Ragdolls lines at this time and still have a purebred Ragdoll. Those who currently are trying to cross Ragdolls and Persians have created a breed called a Ragamuffin.

Books on Ragdolls:

We ask all prospective Ragdoll owners to do their homework and really research the breed before buying a Ragdoll. There is not one good book on the Ragdoll breed alone currently. These books that have good information on the RAGDOLL are listed below:

Ragdoll Cats - A Complete pet Owner's Manual: Barron's Press, 1999, by Karen Leigh Davis.. This book has several photos of our cats, including the two page photo inside the back cover. It is soft bound and costs around $7.  We obtained our copy from Barnes and Nobles book stores.

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Harper's Illustrated Handbook of Cats: Harper & Row, Publishers. This is a softbound book first published in 1985. It sells for about $10.00. The sealpoint mitted Ragdoll in this book is Ragnarok's Kong.

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Legacy of the Cat: by Gloria Stephens; Chronicle Books Publishers. This book was first published in 1990. It is softbound and sells for about $16.95.  The bluepoint mitted female pictured in this book is Ragnarok's Blueberry Muffin.

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The Ultimate Cat Book: by David Taylor; Simon and Schuster Publishers. This book was first published in 1989. It is hardbound and sells for about $29.95

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Cattery Management Book: This is a book I've recently written and released in 2007.  It is written for those people who want to begin breeding cats (Ragdolls or other breeds) and offers a lot of information I've learned over the past 30 years breeding cats.  It has about 290 pages, 265 color photos, and is bound in a  1 1/2" D-ring binder, printed on 24 pound paper, and has 280 color photos. Instructions on building queen cages and stud condos out of commonly available PVC pipe included in this book. It is printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, 24 lb. paper.  Information on this web site, click HERE.

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Another book on cat breeding is Breeding Pedigreed Cats: by Carolyn Vella and John McGonagle, Jr., Howell Book House, Publishers.  This book was first published in 1997.  2nd edition now available. Please see: www.breedingpedigreedcats.com .



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