What is a Ragdoll?
That is a huge debate among Ragdoll
"Traditional" Ragdoll that most people recognize is a medium haired,
blue-eyed kitty with a pale body, dark face, ears, legs and tail and is
described as being "pointed.” This coat color pattern is the result of the
recessive Siamese gene (cs) and it requires both parents to carry this gene in
order to pass it on to their offspring. Ann Baker initially bred Josephine, a
solid white cat and mother to all Ragdolls, to create a pointed kitten, along
with solid kittens. Josephine had to possess the Siamese pointed gene (C cs) and the
father did as well. The father of Daddy Warbucks had to be either a solid
carrying the Siamese pointed gene (C cs), a mink (cscb), or a pointed (cscs) cat. Ann
Baker, the pioneer and originator of the Ragdoll breed, bred Buckwheat, a solid
colored Burmese cat in appearance, to Daddy Warbucks that continued to produce
kittens carrying the Burmese and Siamese pointed genes.
TRADITIONAL Ragdolls are defined as those that have no solid, mink, lynx, red factor, or outcrosses in their pedigrees, other than ANN BAKER's FOUNDATION CATS for the Ragdoll Breed, such as Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbucks, Josephine, Blackie, Beauty, and Mike McDonald. The Ragdolls in this pedigree will only be in the pointed (blue-eyed) colors of Seal, Blue, Lilac, and Chocolate in the Mitted, Bicolor, and Colorpoint patterns, again with the exception of the foundation cats.
Original Ragdolls are defined as
those that can be fully traced to Ann Baker's 4 Original
cats--Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbucks, Josephine, Blackie, and Beauty. The blue-eyed
pointed variety have become world renowned because they were highly publicized in
the show halls of TICA (The International Cat Association) and CFA (Cat Fancier’s Association).
Non-Traditional Ragdoll Felines consist
of seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac, in addition to the four newly introduced colors of CINNAMON, FAWN (Cinnamon's dilute), RED
(Flame) and CREAM (Flame's dilute). Any cat with Cinnamon, Fawn, Flame, Cream,
or Tortie in its pedigree has to have an outcross to another breed somewhere
along the line, as Red was introduced in the show halls in the 1980s (some Red Ragdolls can be traced to Baker's original lines, some derived the color from outcrosses) and Cinnamon was created and introduced in the show halls in early 2000.
Any Ragdoll that has a LYNX pattern was either created early in the breed by
Ann Baker, or outcrossed somewhere in the line to get the Lynx pattern. One
needs only to look at their pedigrees to make the determination from whence it
came. The pointed areas of the cat will display distinct barring, or Tabby
markings, which are separated by lighter background color. The Lynx markings
appear with ANY of the three patterns (bicolor, mitted, and colorpoint) and in
all colors. If a Ragdoll female has a Tortie coloring, as well as Lynx
markings, she will be identified as a Torbie.
Minks, Sepias, and Solids are not
registrable in all cat associations. They are not currently accepted for
championship in North America. Many Ragdoll clubs do not allow breeders of this
variation to join or advertise their non-blue eyed kittens. The Minks,
Sepias, and Solids may be registered and shown, however, in TICA, ironically,
under “New Traits.” My goal has become to obtain the recognition that they absolutely deserve in the show halls. Minks, Sepias, and Solids (that are not blue-eyed
white) currently do not adhere to the breed standard of multiple organizations and clubs,
which state that a Ragdoll is a blue-eyed pointed cat. This was, and is,
the written standard initially created and commercialized by Denny and Laura
Dayton who purchased blue eyed Ragdolls from Ann Baker, a cat breeder, of the 1960s. The
Daytons, and a group of their followers, dismissed Ann Baker's vision of her
Ragdoll and made it their mission to establish a small representation of the
Ragdoll breed, the "traditional" blue eyed variety, in the various
cat fancier associations and show halls. The blue-eyed variant of the Ragdoll
breed is a product of recessive traits from Solid and Mink Ragdolls. Regardless
of their many exquisite colorations and patterns, ALL purebred Ragdolls are famous
for their extreme loyalty, inquisitiveness, immensely affectionate nature,
intelligence, and of course, the coveted belly rubs and the Ragdoll flop!