Quality Ragdoll's from South East London
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We have been breeding Ragdoll’s since 2015 and enjoy the challenge of breeding quality kittens in true type and temperament. We have always had cats, mainly rescued Persian’s but the lady of the house had always wanted a Ragdoll. So when the opportunity arose to obtain one we just couldn’t say no. Our first Ragdoll was a female that we named Mia, she was a seal point. It wasn’t long before we decided that Mia needed company so we obtained our second Ragdoll who was also a female whom we called Callie and she was a chocolate. We then thought about breeding from our girl’s so we done some research and spoke to other breeders. The advice that we got was excellent, so we joined the GCCF and the PRBCC and completed the PRBCC seminar. So now we had to find a stud boy that we liked the look of and would produce good kittens. We were fortunate to be put in touch with a breeder who had a wonderful red boy named Lazarus, so we arranged for a mating once Mia came into call. Mia went on to have 10 kittens of which 7 survived. That was the start of our amazing journey, since then we have bred Grand Champions and Champions, all the time looking to improve the type and character of these wonderful cats.
This is Mia our very first Ragdoll, she is a Seal Colourpoint.
Mia has been rehomed now to a lovely family. We do not let our Queens have many litters as we like to make sure that they are still young enough to enjoy a wonderful life as a pet.
The breed was developed in Riverside, California, by breeder Ann Baker. A regular, non-pedigreed, white domestic longhaired cat named Josephine produced several litters of typical cats. Josephine was of a Persian/Angoratype and had litters sired by several unknown male Birman or Burmese-like cats, one of which had the Siamese point coloration. Josephine later produced kittens with a docile, placid temperament, affectionate nature, and a tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up.
Out of those early litters came Blackie, an all-black Burmese-like male, and Daddy Warbucks, a seal point with white feet. Daddy Warbucks sired the founding bi-color female Fugianna, and Blackie sired Buckwheat, a dark brown/black Burmese-like female. Both Fugianna and Buckwheat were daughters of Josephine. All Ragdolls are descended from Baker’s cats through matings of Daddy Warbucks to Fugianna and Buckwheat.
Baker, in an unusual move, spurned traditional cat breeding associations. She trademarked the name Ragdoll, set up her own registry – the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA) – around 1971, and enforced stringent standards on anyone who wanted to breed or sell cats under that name. The Ragdolls were also not allowed to be registered by other breed associations. The IRCA is still in existence today but is quite small, particularly since Baker’s death in 1997.
In 1975, a group led by a husband-and-wife team, Denny and Laura Dayton, broke ranks with the IRCA with the aim of gaining mainstream recognition for the Ragdoll. Beginning with a breeding pair of IRCA cats, this group eventually developed the Ragdoll standard currently accepted by major cat registries such as the CFA and the FIFe. Around the time of the spread of the Ragdoll breed in America during the early 1960s, a breeding pair of Ragdolls was exported to the UK. This pair was followed by eight more cats to fully establish the breed in the UK, where it is recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.
The Ragdoll has been known to have a very floppy and calm nature, with claims that these characteristics have been passed down from the Persian and Birman breeds. Opinions vary as to whether this trait might be the result of genetic mutation or merely an instinctive reaction from being picked up as kittens by their mother. The extreme docility of some individuals has led to the myth that Ragdolls are pain-resistant. Some breeders in Britain have tried to breed away from the limpness owing to concerns that extreme docility ‘might not be in the best interests of the cat’.
Breed standard marketing and publicity material describe the Ragdoll as affectionate, intelligent, relaxed in temperament, gentle, and an easy-to-handle lap cat. The animals are often known as ‘puppy cats’, ‘dog-like cats’, ‘cat-dogs’, etc., because of their placid nature and affectionate behaviour, with the cats often following owners from room to room as well as seeking physical affection akin to certain dog breeds. Ragdolls can be trained to retrieve toys and enjoy doing so. They have a very playful nature that often lasts well into their senior years. Unlike many other breeds, Ragdolls prefer staying low to the ground rather than the highest point in the household.
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