Diane Pothier Breeder
Lords & Ladies TICA, ACFA, CFA, Registered
     Melrose, MA | Tel: 781.665.8955 | Email: lordsnladies@comcast.net

The Ragdoll cat is a fairly new breed originating in California in the early 1960s. Even today, many people have never heard of this breed, but once they have discovered the Ragdoll, they are likely to be owned by at least one!  Going limp in your arms is the trait many of these cats are famous for, hence their name Ragdoll.  Although, each has its own personality and not all Ragdolls are lap-cats, they are extremely social cats and love to be with their families.  Others will perch on the sofa above your head or lie next to you on a chair.  We have recliners and our girls and boys love to curl up between our feet when the foot rest is up, making it difficult to get up quickly without "dumping" our wonderful cats on their heads!

They are sweet faced and blue eyed, with a muscular body and their full ruff and britches give them a regal stature. The Ragdoll is pointed in pattern like the Himalayan or Siamese but not related in any way. Their fur is medium to long and silky to the touch.  Unlike other long hair cats, the rabbit quality of their fur makes it almost non-matting and low maintenance.  This is not to say you shouldn't comb or brush your cat to remove unwanted fur, stimulate the blood flow and clean the skin of dander and dirt.  The Ragdoll is slow to mature and will not reach its full size or color for approximately two to three years. The traditional colors of the Ragdoll are seal, blue, chocolate and lilac, although new "designer" colors are also available such as flame, tortie and of course the lynx pattern in all above colors.

One of the largest of all domestic cats, Ragdolls are often referred to as gentle giants or the cat for dog lovers. These cats tend to have a well-balanced temperament and non-vocal nature, making them ideal for apartment dwellers and families with small children alike. They are social cats and like to be with people, adapt easily to other pets and children, as long as the children are monitored and taught respect for a small living animal.  Ragdolls can be trained to fetch and beg if time and patience are given. People will often buy a pair of kittens to keep each other company while their owners are away.

This is Lady Chatterley with her "summer coat".  She is the "Madame of the Cat House", retired and has a gorgeous ruff or mane in the winter. 



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