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What is a Ragdoll?
« on: November 03, 2016, 04:21:28 am »
What is a Ragdoll?

A Ragdoll is a cat that was bred to be a Ragdoll.  No, seriously...that is what a Ragdoll cat is.  Check out this site for the history of the Ragdoll.  A shorter version is here.

A Ragdoll is a large, laid-back, blue-eyed, pointed cat with medium length hair.  This is the short description, because of course, there is much more to it than that.  Check out the Ragdoll Fancier's Club International for more information.  The Cat Fancier's Association has this to say, and here is a summary of the breed standard:

HEAD (40)
Large, modified wedge that is equilateral in shape..................20
 Eyes large; vivid blue ovals......................................................10
 Ears medium, wide set, moderately flared.................................5
 Profile slightly curving; nose straight, chin strong ......................5
BODY (30)
 Medium to large size and heavy boning ..................................15
 Long, rectangular body ............................................................10
 Legs moderately long; tail long ..................................................5
COAT (30)
 Moderately long length, with abundant guard hairs,
 but minimal woolly undercoat..................................................20
 Color of body and points ..........................................................10
(The 10 points for color are to be divided 5 for white markings
and symmetry, and 5 for body and point color.)
GENERAL: The Ragdoll is a very laid back cat. The ideal Ragdoll is a well balanced cat with no extreme features. They are a medium to large, moderately longhaired, blue-eyed pointed cat. The point markings may be covered by a range of white overlay patterns. Ragdolls are slow maturing, reaching full coat and color at about three years of age. The Ragdoll is an affectionate and intelligent cat, giving the impression of graceful movement and subdued power, striking in appearance.
HEAD: size and shape: proportionately large with a broad, modified wedge that is equilateral in shape, where all sides are of equal length as measured from the outside of the base of the ear to the end of the gently rounded muzzle. Appearance of a flat plane between ears. Cheeks in line with wedge. Allow for jowls in adult males. When whiskers and fur are smoothed back, the underlying bone structure is apparent.
EYES: large, vivid blue ovals. Wide set and moderately slanted, complementing wedge.
EARS: medium-sized. Wide set and moderately flared, continuing the line of wedge. Wide at base with rounded tips, and tilted forward.
PROFILE: slightly curving; ending in straight, medium-length nose. Chin well-developed, strong, in line with nose and upper lip.
NECK: heavy and strong.
BODY: large and long, broad and solid, with heavy boning. Rectangular in shape, with a full chest and equal width across shoulders and hindquarters. Body firm and muscular, not fat. Moderate stomach pad on lower abdomen acceptable. Females may be substantially smaller than males. Allow for slow maturation in young adults.
LEGS: heavily boned, moderately long. Hind legs longer than front. Shorter fur on front legs, longer fur on hind legs, with full, feathery britches.
PAWS: proportionately large, round and feather-tufted.
TAIL: long, with full plume.
COAT: the naturally non-matting moderately long fur is characterized by abundant guard hairs and minimal woolly undercoat. It flows with the body. Ruff preferred. Short on face, longer on ruff, shorter on shoulder blades, lengthening toward tail. Allow shorter coats in unaltered adults, and seasonal variations.



Ragdoll Genetics Chart (from RagdollInternational.org)


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Re: What is a Ragdoll?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2016, 09:23:09 am »
Thank you for posting this, it's great information and links for those seeking to know more.
Ragdolls are such a wonderful breed and so much work had gone into making them the amazing cats we have come to know and can enjoy today!  :D
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Re: What is a Ragdoll?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2019, 08:47:59 pm »
Is a cat with one parent that is a Ragdoll still a Ragdoll?  No.

Ragdoll International Genetics Chart: http://www.ragdollinternational.org/patscolors2.shtml

The International Cat Association (TICA) Ragdoll standards: https://www.tica.org/phocadownload/rd.pdf

CATEGORY: Pointed. COLORS: All pointed colors. PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSSES: None.  Eyes: Blue, large, oval, moderately wide-set, outer aperture to fall in line with base of ear.

Cat Fancier's Association (CFA):  http://www.cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsKthruR/Ragdoll.aspx
About the Ragdoll
Ragdolls are large, laid-back, semi longhaired cats with captivating blue eyes. The Ragdoll is a pointed breed, which means that the body is lighter in color than the points (the face, legs, tail and ears). The Ragdoll cat is carefully bred to produce large affectionate animals in three patterns, two with white (mitted and bi-color) and one with no white (colorpoint).

From CFA Breed Standard: http://cfa.org/portals/0/documents/breeds/standards/ragdoll.pdf
"Ragdoll allowable outcross breeds: none."
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