Ragdolls have a gentle, affectionate nature. They are quiet and laidback, more apt to be found on the floor or a sofa than the top of your refrigerator. They are not the least bit lazy though; they do love a great play session. They are quick to figure out food puzzles and adore fishing-pole toys. Expect your Ragdoll to follow you around.
The Ragdoll is a large feline. Males tip the scales at between 12 to 20 pounds, while females weigh in at 8 to 15 pounds. Their coat is semi-long, plush and silky. Care, though, is easy. His hair doesn’t mat easily, so brush him once or twice a week to keep him glossy.
Ragdolls have light colored bodies with darker points on the face, ears, legs and tail. Ragdolls points come in solid colors of seal, blue, chocolate, lilac and red and cream, as well as various
patterns and shading, including bi-color, van, colorpoint and mitted patterns. Ragdoll kittens are born white. Their points and patterns emerge at 10 days of age. However their full coat color and length is reached at 2 to 3 years of age. All Ragdolls have sapphire blue eyes.
The Ragdoll is one of the most popular longhaired breeds. Social and loving, this is a cat that enjoys people and gets along great with all ages of kids and breeds of dogs. This loving desire to be part
of a loving family has earned the breed the nickname “puppycat.” Ragdolls can be taught to fetch and to come when called. The Ragdoll is a cat that remains playful all their lives. It takes them a while to mature, somewhere between three to four years.
Ragdolls originated in the early 1960s after a Persian breeders bred a semi-feral longhaired white cat that resembled an Angora to other cats that she owned and/or found. One of these cats, Josephine, exhibited endearing, desirable traits that the breeder selectively used to create the Ragdoll breed. The Ragdoll got its name for his habit of going limp in your arms when you hold him. There is much debate about whether they still exhibit this trait. They are definitely a lap cat and adore their people so much, so they adore getting picked up and carried around. (Great news for your toddler if they lose their baby dolls.)
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When dogs weren’t so in demand to herd cattle, the Lancashire Heeler’s numbers declined so much they almost became extinct. To recreate today’s Lancashire, the remaining Lancashires were bred with the Welsh Corgi and Manchester Terriers. They are nearly identical to the original Lancashire. They have retained their original herding instinct, though they are rarely used for such purposes anymore.
Size: 10 to 12 inches tall; 6 to 13 pounds
Color: Black and tan or liver and tan.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
The Lancashire Heeler is alert and friendly. He’s strong and has strong instincts. He makes an overall pleasant companion, especially for older considerate children. Wary of strangers, he may nip at the heels until you train him not to. Obedience training can be difficult, but they are trainable. Be firm, confident and consistent with him.
The Lancashire Terrier has very short legs. They have wide set, largish ears that should stand erect. Bright eyes are set wide apart. Paws turn out slightly. The hindquarters are well muscled. The coat is seasonally long or short. In the winter, your Lancashire has a plush coat with a visible mane. In the summer, he looks sleek and glossy. Brush and comb with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary.