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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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The Persian brings to mind a soft, fluff ball. Well, yes, but underneath all that hair is a muscular, sturdy, cobby bodied cat. Persians are heavy boned, medium to large cats with short, thick legs and look rounded. The neck is large and round set atop a short, thick neck. The ears are small and rounded, set far apart and low on the head. Large, round eyes are also set far apart. The nose is short and stubby. The Persian tail is thick and short. Males weigh 9 to 14 pounds, females tip the scales at 7 to 11 pounds.
There are two distinct head shapes: Extreme and Dollface. The Extreme tend to be show cats, Dollface is said to be the original shape before selective breeding changed the Persian’s look. The Dollface Persian has a round head, but the nose is placed lower on the face. Both head shapes have upturned mouths which add to the adorable appearance. (Breeders also claim that Dollface Persians lack a lot of the health problems that Extreme Persians tend to suffer from.)
Otherwise, both Persian types have a long, flowing, dense coat that comes in a multitude of colors and patterns. The patterns are separated into silver and golden, smoke and shaded, calico and bicolor, solid, tabby, particolor and Himalayan (pointed patterns). Eye color depends on the color of the coat.
The exact date of origin has been lost; the Persian has literally existed for hundreds of years. Persians were featured prominently in the first modern cat show, held at London’s Crystal Palace in 1871! Persians have remained an extremely popular breed ever since! Historical evidence of the Persian date back to 1626 when Italian writer and ethnographer Pietro della Valle (1586-1652) imported the first known Persian cat to Italy during his expeditions to Persia and Turkey. According to him, Persians originated in the province of Khorasan in Persia (now Iran). Persians crossed the oceans into the New World in the late 1800s. Their popularity caught on like wildfire. It wasn’t long at all before they outpaced the homegrown Maine Coon breed. Today, the Persian remains so popular that it accounts for almost 80% of the pedigreed cat population! It’s taken 100 years of breeding to get the look of today’s Persian.
What will first attract you to a Persian? That sweet little face! What will keep you in love with him? His sweet personality. A Persian is a delightful companion to share your life with indeed. Persians are loving, laidback and the perfect mix of devotion to you and being a pampered prince/princess. A Persian is not a partyer; no swinging from the chandelier for them! That doesn’t stop them from pouncing onto a catnip mouse on occasion though. When awake, they prefer to play, cuddle and to be pampered (they do have a lot of hair that needs attention…) You will rarely hear a Persian speak. This doesn’t mean they don’t crave your attention or affection, simply they aren’t demanding.
A Persian is a cat who is devoted, but discriminating in showing it. They will only display their full trust and loyalty to you if you give it back. You get what you give with these kitties! It is well worth it though; fanciers say bonding with a Persian is like living with a soul mate.
It’s best to keep your Persian indoors only. His temperament is too docile to survive in the wild and his hair will ensure burs, leaves or other debris will follow him around. He is also susceptible to getting caught or snagged in bushes, trees or fences.


With the same body type and long, silky coat as the Persian, the difference between them: Himalayans sport the Siamese pointed pattern. The long hair of the Himalayan keeps the points soft.

Himalayans are medium-to-large with short, thick legs and a heavy-boned, cobby body. Their heads are round and massive, necks are short and thick. Himalayans have large, round eyes set far apart, short, stubby noses and small, rounded ears that are set far apart and sit low on the head. Tails are thick and short. Males weigh 9 to 14 pounds, females weigh 7 to 11 pounds. Himalayans are solid, round cats. They are not — and should not be allowed to get — fat.

There are two distinct head shapes: Extreme and Dollface. Dollface Himalayans have lower placed noses. The Extreme is the type shown in the show ring. Many Dollface Himalayan breeders contend that Dollfaces lack the health problems found in the Extreme type.

The Himalayan coat is long, flowing and thick. Coat color ranges from white to beige. A clear, uniform color is found in the youth, as a Himalayan ages, their coat will develop subtle shadowing that will continue to darken throughout your Himmie’s life. The point color comes in all shades. (The Siamese is no longer allowed in Himalayan breeding programs.)

Himalayans were first bred in 1950 by an American. Soon after British breeders began crossing Persians and Siamese. For many years, Persians and Himalayans were considered separate breeds. While trying to establish a good gene pool, Himalayan kittens were consistently bred with Persians. Purist Persian fanciers were not happy; they wanted to keep their bloodlines pure. In 1984, both breeds were united; Himalayan breeders wanted their bloodlines to be pure too. Controversy remains and not every cat fancy organization distinguishes the Himalayan as a distinct breed.

Though all the hair of a Himalayan might be a turn off for some, converted Himalayan owners plead “no contest;” the Himalayan personality makes up for it. Himalayans are the most poised, loving, sweetest cats ever to pad around the planet. Himalayans are regal, sedate and so-so-so affectionate. Cuddling is their go-to activity. They are also quite responsive to your moods and emotions. When you’re happy, so are they. If you’re sad, they’re there to pick you up. They crave affection and love to be petted. Himalayans tend to be more playful than Persians. Himalayans love to fetch. Some breeders claim Himalayans talk more than Persians, but that might be a difference due to a particular bloodline.

Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthairs are a medium-to-large breed of cat with short, thick legs and a muscular, heavy body. They have large, round heads on short, thick necks. Eyes are large and round. The ears are small and rounded at the tip. The ears are also set far apart and set low on the head. Exotic Shorthairs have thick, short tails, Males weigh 7 to 15 pounds and females tip the scales between 6 and 10 pounds.

Their coat is soft, plush and dense, thanks to their undercoat. Descended from Persians, the undercoat is thick. Considered a short-haired breed, Exotic Shorthairs have a longer coat than other short-haired breeds. They come in all colors and patterns.

Exotic Shorthairs are often referred to as a “Persian in his pajamas.” During the late 50s and early 1960s, American Shorthairs were cross-bred with Persians in hope of introducing a silver colored Persian. The result was that American Shorthairs took on Persian characteristics: faces became broader and rounded, noses shortened, ears shrunk and bodies became boxy and compact. The coat became longer, softer and thicker.

Due to all that Persian-influenced hair, you will need to groom your Exotic Shorthair twice a week.

Exotic Shorthairs are devoted cats that tend to bond to one person. He’ll show his devotion by following you around and generally wanting to be in the center of whatever you’re doing at all times. They are so sweet and so affectionate, it’s hard to be mad at them when they won’t let you get any work done. Exotic Shorthairs are playful without a mischievous side; active but not hyper. They’re dignified, quiet and sensitive; an ideal housecat to be sure! They love to play, especially when you (their favorite person) join in the game.