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"She sights a Bird—she chuckles—
She flattens—then she crawls—
She runs without the look of feet—
Her eyes increase to Balls—"
~ She Sights A Bird, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Here Kitty, Kitty! This is your day! The relatively modern Ragdoll cat breed comes in six different colour points: red, seal, chocolate with corresponding 'dilutes', including blue, lilac, and cream. Developed by American breeder Ann Baker in the 1960s, Ragdolls are best known for their docile and placid temperament. affectionate nature, and the tendency of the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up! Particularly popular in both the UK and the USA, Ragdolls may exhibit 'dog-like" behavior and follow people around the house or garden "at heel." In addition to all the various breed colours represented in this beautiful tartan, there is the added sapphire blue center intended to represent their characteristic strikingly beautiful blue eyes! Meow! Purr! 🐈
Ragdolls were developed in the 1960’s by Ann Baker; a breeder in Riverside California.
The origin of the Ragdoll breed consisted almost entirely of free-roaming cats. Ann bred Josephine, a domestic longhaired white female that was found running loose in her neighborhood, to other cats she owned or found. The offspring of this female had unique temperament traits that were very endearing including their loud throaty purr. By selecting individuals with the look, temperament and criteria she wanted for her breeding program, she created the Ragdoll breed.
This cat breed is one of the largest out there, with males weighing up to 20 lbs! This cat is notoriously social, good with children and pets, making them a good fit for homes with plenty of activity.
The Ragdoll has a silky single coat (without a separate under layer of fur) and is lower-matting than other medium-haired cat coats. However, it still requires brushing at least twice a week to help avoid matting.
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