|The RagaMuffin Breed Profile|
|Written by Administrator|
|Saturday, 28 March 2009|
A Breed Apart
From the beginning, RagaMuffin breeders have faced the challenge of gaining acceptance for their cats as a distinct breed, despite their common origins with Ragdolls. The patterns that form so important a part of the Ragdoll standard receive little emphasis from RagaMuffin breeders. They accept every colour and pattern, with or without white. But the differences go deeper than that.
The RagaMuffin has a distinct head shape. Rather than having a flat plane between the ears, the skull has a slight dome. The RagaMuffin has a shorter nose than the Ragdoll, and walnut-shaped eyes rather than oval. While the Ragdoll profile exhibits a gentle curve with a retrousse tip, the RagaMuffin standard requires an obvious nose dip or scoop. RagaMuffin breeders aim to produce a rounded, more heavily boned cat and, in the past, have used Persians, Himalayans, Ragdolls and Siberians and unregistered domestic longhairs to broaden the gene pool.
RagaMuffin Breed Highlights
Appearance - RagaMuffins are large, muscular, heavy cats that do not reach full maturity until approximately 4 years old. Females can be substantially smaller than males. The look of the body is rectangular, with broad chest and powerful shoulders supporting a short neck. This muscular and fit cat often has a fatty pad in the lower abdomen. The head is a very broad with a rounded forehead and obvious nose scoop. Large, walnut shaped eyes give a sweet appearance. These semi- longhaired cats have a dense and silky coat, like that of a heavily furred rabbit, and the hair grows longer around the neck and face (a ruff), increases in length toward the stomach and has knickerbockers on the hind legs. Every possible colour and pattern is allowable, with little emphasis placed on perfection of markings.
Personality - The only extreme allowed in this breed is its very docile nature. These cats love people and are affectionate and cuddly, with an ability to relax totally when held. The Colourpointed RagaMuffin *Variant is essential to the breed. It is the only way, when combined with the Burmese pattern, to produce Mink. It is not eligible to be shown but is invaluable in its use in a Breeding programme. Amended February 2009
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2009 )|
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