Purrla Ragdolls is a small cattery in NM raising loving, beautiful, healthy ragdoll kittens to be wonderful companions or valuable members of breeding programs.
What is a ragdoll?
The ragdoll cat was created out of selectively-bred non-pedigreed cats in the mid 60's in Riverside, CA by Ann Baker. She had a white domestic longhair cat named Josephine that was hit by a car during her pregnancy. When her litter arrived there was a seal pointed male kitten, Daddy Warbucks, and he was the first ragdoll. She claimed that the car accident made Josephine's kittens unable to feel pain and extremely floppy and docile. She went on to breed Josephine and Daddy Warbucks to other non-pedigreed cats and selectively bred subsequent generations of kittens to be ragdolls as we know them today: large, blue-eyed, pointed, docile semi-longhaired cats. The original point colors were seal, blue, lilac, and chocolate. Now ragdolls not only come in those colors but also lynx, tortie, red and cream point . Males are usually 12-16 lbs, females 9-12 lbs.
I got my first ragdoll cat in 1997, after finishing graduate school. I had an interest in showing so I contacted a cattery in WA, which produced the top-winning ragdoll kitten that year, IW, SGC Dandenong's Norma Jean. Rosemary Howarth graciously decided to part with a beautiful blue bicolor, Giorgio, for me to show in TICA's alter class. I was soon hooked and wanted to try my hand at producing my own line of ragdolls. I love genetics, cats, and a challenge! In 2000 Purrla was born with the importation of my first female, Silmarilions Ivrin Paulina, from Italy. Since Giorgio was neutered I needed another male, so Rosemary provided me with Dandenong's Sascha and became my mentor.
Since then, Purrla Ragdolls is now in its 6th generation and continues to be a small cattery, producing quality, not quality. Kittens are available by reservation; 2 or 3 litters per year is average. You may view some kittens from past litters on the Memory Lane page.
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