The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.
Monty - Cream Point Ragdoll
When a Ragdoll is picked up it is supposed to go limp - and that is how it came to be named. The Ragdoll Breed was created in California in 1963. An early alternative name was Cherubim, while some variations are called Ragamuffins. Although the original breeder claimed non-pedigreed parentage, it is likely that Birman and Burmese genes were present somewhere along the line. However, in the majority of cats the dominant white spotting gene created the look of the Mitted variety, while the one that produces a similar effect in the Birman is recessive.Ollie - Blue Point Ragdoll
An old-wives tale says that the first Ragdoll kittens are said to have inherited an apparent resistance to pain. Josephine, the first Ragoll kittens mother was injured in a road accident when she was pregnant, and this is why Ragdolls have an immunity to pain. Most believe it is just that though....an old-wives tale. This is genetically impossible for the effects of the unjury to be inherited by the kittens. The more realistic belief is that many cats act in this way when they trust their owners and that the Ragdoll is a particularly trusting breed.Monty and Harrison - May Cats of the Month
The Ragdoll is a cat of powerful build, with big, round paws and a long bushy tail. Its head is broad and wide-cheeked with a slightly turned up nose and wide eyes of deep sapphire. The three recognized main groupings are: Colourpointed, Mitted, and Bi-Colour. The Mitted has Coulourpointed features contrasting with a pale body, plus white-gloved front feet and rear legs white to the hock or beyond. The Bi-colour is white on chin, bib, chest and under-body with a triangular blaze over its nose.
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