Is a Ragdoll for you?
Ragdolls are a semi long haired breed cat. They have distinct Blue eyes and a colourpoint coat. Which comes in a variety of colours Seal, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac, Flame and Cream. Acceptable breed markings are Colourpoint, Mitted and Bi-colour. Tabby(Lynx) and Tortie are also permitted. Large and Muscular with a silky soft cream fur. Like all long hired cats Ragdolls require regular brushing to ensure their coat does not become matted.
The Breed was 'founded' by an American Breeder called Anne Baker in the 1960's. They are best known for there docile and gentle manner and placid temperament with their affectionate nature. The name Ragdoll is believed to be derived from the original breeding stocks tendency to go limp and floppy when picked up just like a 'ragdoll'
Particularly popular in the United Kingdom and the USA for their 'puppy-like nature' due to their behaviours like following their owners everywhere, ease at being handled, playing fetch and being very loyal.
Ragdolls are an Indoor cat breed and should not be allowed to wander outside without supervision. They are easily trained to harness and do enjoy walks to explore or a cat proofed garden to play in. Their extreme friendliness to people and lack of fear or aggression to others makes them highly vulnerable to injury from other animals, theft or road traffic accidents.
Colourpoint: One color darkening at the extremities (nose, ears, tail, and paws).
Mitted: Same as pointed, but with white paws and abdomen. With or without a blaze (a white line or spot on the face), but must have a "belly stripe" (white stripe that runs from the chin to the genitals) and a white chin. Mitted Ragdolls, which weren't allowed titling in CFA until the 2008-2009 show season, are often confused with Birmans. The easiest way to tell the difference is by size (the Ragdoll being obviously larger) and chin color (Mitted Ragdolls have white chins, while Birmans have colored chins), although breeders recognize the two by head shape and boning
Bicolour: White legs, white inverted V on the face, white abdomen and sometimes white patches on the back. (Excessive amounts of white, or "high white", on a bicolor is known as the Van pattern, although this doesn't occur nearly as often as the other patterns.)