of Toly & Valentina
The first litter of Ragdolls was
born in America in 1963 to a white Angora called Josephine. The
story goes that she was involved in a road accident, and was nursed
back to health, before being mated to both a Burmese and a Birman
male. The resultant offspring were of an unusually quiet and relaxed
nature. This gave rise to speculation that damage to the pelvis or
uterus of the queen, may have meant any subsequent foetuses were
held in the womb too long, or that placental dysfunction took place,
leading to brain damage to the kittens which manifested itself as a
particularly quiet disposition.
Did Josephine really have a road accident which altered the genetic
disposition of Ragdoll kittens for all time? As far as we can
establish, Josephine was indeed involved in an accident, but as for
altering the genetics of any subsequent kittens - Lewis Carroll's
White Queen in Alice may have been able to believe six impossible
things before breakfast, but I can't!
When they first came to the UK, rumour was put about that Ragdolls
could feel no pain, but this myth was exploded many years ago when
Glasgow University Veterinary Department carried out tests on some
of the original cats imported from the USA. It concluded that, not
surprisingly, they were indistinguishable from other cats in this
respect. Despite such evidence, there are some journalists today who
still insist on repeating such stories.
A Ragdoll is a large cat; male neuters can reach over 20 lbs when
mature. The coat is semi-longhaired and can vary in texture from
fine and silky, to rather thick and almost woolly. Their temperament
is gentle, and quiet - very few Raggies have much of a voice,
although they can let you know their needs. Furthermore, they are
affectionate and loving.
There are four colours and three patterns. The three established
* colour pointed (Siamese pattern),
* mitted (colour pointed with white mittens on the front feet and
white boots on the back legs)
* bicolour (colour pointed with an inverted white "V" on the face
and white legs and underside)
All Ragdolls, without exception, have blue eyes; deep blue being the
ideal. For a full description, a Standard of Points can be obtained
from one of the clubs, the Ragdoll BAC or one of the registering
bodies, such as the GCCF or the CA.
There are at present some breeders who are trying to introduce new
colours and patterns; red, cream, tabby and tortie. The GCCF does
not recognise these varieties, although the CA does. The pedigree of
some imported cats in these colours would bear closer examination,
before accepting them as genuine Ragdolls.
A physical description cannot convey the wonderful temperament,
which is the most important feature of the cat. A gentle,
affectionate, loving, people-cat - almost human; so knowing,
intelligent and alive are they. In the early days when the Ragdoll
had been introduced to Great Britain, someone coined the phrase
"Ragdolls are addictive", and they were so right. Many people come
to breeders just to see if the Ragdoll appeals to them, and very
shortly afterwards, find that they are enslaved by more than one!
A Ragdoll can be cheeky, mischievous, loving and crazy, all within
the space of a few seconds. I have known of kittens who developed
magpie tendencies, stealing things which appealed to them, such as
car keys, watches, ear rings, etc., before hiding them in a secret
place, (inside a wardrobe, behind a bedside cabinet are two reported
Ragdolls often like to play 'fetch', just to prove their superiority
to dogs. Ragdoll kittens will arrive in a new home with a dog,
impose their willpower and thereafter, lord it over the poor
enslaved creature forever more.
So attractive in looks and personality is the Ragdoll, that it would
be tempting to buy on impulse! But it is important to be aware that
regular and thorough grooming is required to keep the coat in
tip-top condition. Some say that they have non-matting fur, and
although it is exceptionally silky, it is not a strictly true
statement, and attention is required.
Who can say what the future holds for the Ragdoll, but with a lot of
dedication and effort from their slaves, they can only go from
strength to strength. The biggest stumbling block at present is the
resistance from the GCCF to their promotion to full Championship
status; the CA already accepts them in one form or another, even the
'new colours', as described previously.
One thing is absolutely certain; Ragdolls will continue in sublime
indifference to all of the controversy surrounding them, and
continue doing what they do best - just being wonderful Raggies.
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