Ragtime Blues Cattery Ragdoll Cats in Oregon






         Warm greetings from Bonnie Smith and the beautiful felines of Ragtime Blues. My daughters Mary and Sarah are faithful and devoted in helping breed, raise, and show our Ragdolls. We live in Springfield, Oregon. I am a semi-retired RN working out of my home which gives me plenty of time to spend with the cats and kittens. We are a small Ragdoll cattery where kittens are raised underfoot. Our Ragdolls are very loved and considered part of the family unit. Enjoy your tour, visit our gorgeous Ragdolls, and hopefully you'll be inspired to add another member to your family.
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General Ragdoll Information

History:
Ragdoll book authors are in agreement with the small part of Ragdoll history you are about to read. Ragdolls are a hybrid breed, meaning they did not occur spontaneously in nature. The late Ann Baker of California is given full credit as founder of the Ragdoll Breed. It is well documented that the breed began in the 1960’s when a white Angora type queen named Josephine mated with a Birman type male cat whose subsequent offspring were then crossed with a sable Burmese type cat. We use the word “type” because the foundation cats that formed this breed were not pedigreed cats. It is generally agreed that Josephine was a free running cat who bred at will. She was owned by Mrs. Pennels, a neighbor of Ann Baker. At some point in time, Josephine was involved in a road traffic accident and after being found injured she was nursed back to health by a local university hospital. After her recovery Ann became interested in her kittens as she believed they were calmer than kittens Josephine had prior to the accident. This belief lead Ann to begin acquiring some of the kittens, Buckwheat being her first.

According to Pickering (1995), “At the time Ann had been borrowing one of Josephine’s older sons to sire progeny in her Black Persian breeding program. This son had appearance of a Black/Brown Persian and she named him Blackie, and it was one of her visits to borrow him that she saw Blackie’s brother. He had the appearance of a Sacred Cat of Burma, (Birman). Having already established the owners trust, she was also permitted to borrow this cat to mate with her own females. She was most taken with this son of Josephine and named him Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbucks. What Ann clearly states is that Blackie and Daddy Warbucks are both sons of Josephine, but with different sires….it appears that Blackie’s father was a “black cat from the east”, that appeared “more Persian than Burmese”. During detailed questioning, Ann confirmed that no one had ever seen the father of Daddy Warbucks and he was the only kitten in that particular litter of Josephine’s. This being so, makes it difficult to take the origins of the breed further” (pp.3).
All of today’s pedigreed Ragdolls can be traced to the original bloodlines Ann Baker developed.

Colors and Patterns:
Ragdolls are pointed cats. Meaning they have color on their ears, faces, legs, and tails with a much lighter contrasting body color. Ragdolls come in four traditional colors: Seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac and several contemporary colors which include red, tortie, and cream. The three standard Ragdoll patterns are colorpoint, mitted, and bicolor. The points may be overlaid with white in the bicolor and mitted patterns. In 1997 the Ragdoll Fancier’s Club International voted to accept the lynx pattern and the red color. The lynx pattern does not affect the colors or the three basic patterns of the Ragdoll. It just adds a striking striped effect to the face, legs, and tail. Kittens are born white. Their points gradually darken with age. Ragdolls are among the slowest of breeds to develop, obtaining their full color around two years of age and full size around 3 or 4 years old.

Appearance:
Ideal Ragdolls are well-balanced with a broad, modified wedge head, full cheeks, wide-set medium size ears, strong neck and medium to long legs. Their eyes are oval shaped and always some form of blue. Their fur is shorter on the front legs than the back legs and the rest of the body. Their fur is soft, silky, and non-matting. Ragdolls are large in size. Altered males usually grow to between 15-20 lbs with females weighing in a little lighter.

Temperament:
Ragdolls are known for their loyal devotion to their human companions. They are very intelligent and easily trained. Most are docile and less active than other breeds. As their name suggests they excel at taking it easy. There sweet natured, non-aggressive, easy going personality makes Ragdolls ideal house companions. Ragdolls thrive on human companionship and generally develop a strong bond with their owners. Ragdolls often follow their human from room to room to oversee the activities going on. Because Ragdolls have had the aggressive feline tendencies bred out of them, they should be kept strictly indoors. They do not possess fighting instincts and cannot survive outdoors, plus their beauty attracts catnappers.



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