The story of the Ragdoll begins in the summer of 1965 when Ann Baker in California
registered the first Ragdolls. There have been many conflicting views on how the breed
originally began, but what we can be sure of is that the Ragdoll is undoubtedly known
for its laid back disposition, outstanding temperament and its ability to remain relaxed
when picked up. It is totally un true that a Ragdoll does not feel pain!
It was Lulu Rowley the founder of the Petil Lu Cattery in Norfolk and Pat Brownsell
that introduced the first Ragdolls in to the UK in the spring of 1981, when they co imported
the first Ragdolls from the Blossom Time Cattery in the USA.
The Ragdolls coat appears in three recognized patterns- colourpointed, Mitted and
Bi Color and in four traditional colors of Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac- although
at this point in time we have very few chocolate and lilac Ragdolls. Newer Ragdoll colors
and patterns include the reds, torties and tabbies and these are now fully recognized
by the GCCF and can now be shown at champion ship level.
Ragdolls are essentially an indoor cat, and are more than happy to be house pets, and
with their calming and laid back temperament it makes them the perfect companion
for both children and the elderly alike. If you want a lap cat the Ragdoll is the cat for you!
Male or female? is there a difference? In the Ragdolls there is not a lot of difference in
temperament but if I had to say personally what I think has the edge, it would be the
boys, whichever sex you decide on you need to be aware that if you purchased your kitten
as a pet you will need to agree to neuter it at approximately six months whether its female or
male, this should be done for the benefit of the cat and it is totally untrue that a female
should have one litter before she is neutered, neutering avoids territorial spraying and
infections of the uterus in females. A Ragdoll will only be seen in its full splendor if it
has been neutered, although a Ragdoll can take up to four years to fully mature
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