Historia del Ragdoll::

History of the Ragdoll ::

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It is with Ann Baker that the story of the Ragdolls really begins and it is also the area within the breed's history that generates so much controversy. Although much has already been written about Mrs Baker and the cats that founded the breed, not all of it is accurate and many of the accounts contradict one another.

This is the story:

The story begins in 1963, in the United States of America. It was here that Ann Baker, residing in Riverside, California began her early work on the breed.

The most widely reported story is that the foundation female was a white Angora like cat named "Josephine". At some point Josephine was involved in road traffic accident, after that being nursed to back to health, she recovered without apparent injury. Following her recovery, Ann Baker mated her to both a Burmese and a Birman male, and it was their offspring that resulted in the first Ragdolls. For many years it was rumoured that it was reported by Ann Baker that these kittens had a " new" type of temperament, due to the road accident suffered by their mother.

Of course, this was the story that generated so many of the present day myths, and the reason why so many "authorities" argue how an accident suffered by the mother could affect the resulting offspring at genetic level.

Could there be a theoretical possibility that the accident suffered by Josephine could have given her later offspring a quieter nature? And apart from the kittens being blessed with a beautiful nature, it was also reported that they possessed the extra qualities of non-mating fur; huge size; a non-fighting disposition. In 1971, Ann Baker formed her own registration organisation, the IRCA, to register the Ragdolls. In 1978, a booklet called IRCA and the Ragdoll Documentary was published by Ann Baker and within its pages contained apparently authentic details about the breed's original history and details on how to maintain a line of pure Ragdolls. The booklet, while interesting for its history, contains many contradictions and also it seems a little unorthodox in its views to say the least. In Ann's own words, the widow of a preacher man who lived in the mountains acquired an earlier litter of Josephine's Ragdolls.

Ann again became involved when she moved back into the neighbourhood and used Josephine's offspring to mate with her Black self female called "Buckwheat". Continuing on with the stud services of one of Daddy Warbucks, the first "mitted" Ragdoll, the foundation stock was of the breed was laid. Following the introduction of another female into the house, Josephine, protective of her litter, fought with the family dog. Following one particular altercation between animals, the owner's husband gathered up the kittens and Josephine, and had them all destroyed. The founding queen of the Ragdoll dynasty was gone.

The Ragdoll appears in four recognized colours of seal, blue, chocolate and lilac, and many of these colors may be transposed over each of three patterns of Colourpoint, Mitted or Bicolour.Over the last few years there have been new colores introduced into the breed: lynx = tabby ,tortie = seal/red, blue/cream, red and cream. It should be pointed out that there are variations in points colour and body shading, particularly in the seals and blues, where the depth of toning can be more intense, giving an overall darker appearance. One theory concerns climatic conditions - the warmer the climate, the lighter the coat; the other being that different breed lines can and do produce coats that are darker and of slightly different textures. Generally the longer haired coat is fluffier, whilst the shorter coat appears more silky.

Ragdolls are to be bred Ragdoll to Ragdoll only, with no outcrossing to any other breeds. They have specific breed standards, to which the breeders must adhere. It can take between 3 to 4 years for Ragdolls to reach full maturity and attain the desired coat qualities and definition of contrasting colour. Seasonal variations, such as a short coat in summer, are acceptable.

Ragdoll character :

Ragdolls are large, docile cats. They are sweet faced and muscular, with an overall impression of elegance and balance. They have medium-long, non-matting coat with a soft texture like a rabbit fur. They are pointed in colour ( like the Himalayan or Siamese) and appear in seal point, blue point, chocolate point , and lilac point, with or without white markings.