A further extract from Ann Baker’s booklet,IRCA and THE RAGDOLL DOCUMENTARY.
THE TRUE RAGDOLL STORY
“We get so much mail asking questions about Ragdolls, so we will write this in detail.
The original Josephine, who was hit by a car, was not my cat, but belonged to a friend of mine. It was an angora (white). She was not pregnant at the time, but lived to give birth to a number of litters, both male and female. All her kittens were huge and had non-matting fur, as well as this new disposition, which she never inherited. Regardless of what cat she mated to (alley to the best), all were the same. This is the phenomenon.
The three original cats were all related to Josephine. Her son was Daddy War Bucks. Their daughter was Fugianna. She was long and lanky like her mother. Buckwheat was thick furred, heavy body, ears out to the side, had a short medium nose and walked downhill. All the cats had the same mother, but a different father. Buckwheat was called Burmese, but not what cat show people specify as Burmese and she was not part Siamese. The original male was from the East. They were like black Persians with a brown undercoat, heavy in the rear area, high jumpers, walked downhill; therefore they were called Burmese for want of a better name.
Now since these were all related, one can take the children of Tiki and Fugianna and cross mate to start a cattery (line breeding). When the two mothers are unable to reproduce that is the end of the reproduction line of the start. To mate her great grandsons to start a cattery results in only half breeds. If you do not get deformed cats, then you have half breeds. If you disagree, do not argue the point with me, but with God Almighty and Mother Nature. Let no one tell you differently.
We had to go back and get another son of Josephine and breed down his offspring (in order to keep the qualities of the Ragdolls) as all Ragdolls have to be descendants of Josephine…. (No other breed bred in after her). Ragdolls are not the look, but the disposition and all the other qualities above mentioned will remain the same.
Ragdolls Tu is our new Ragdolls. By new we mean there are only three males left in the world that can be used for breed stock to make purebred Ragdolls. Josephine had other sons and daughters, but their eye colouring and fur colouring was different (we had chosen the Sacred Cat of Burma look). We had now to go back and get her other males and experiment with them.
This has taken five years (ever since the original Ragdoll males were poisoned). We are now at the place where we are discussing with the other two breeders of authentic Ragdolls whether we should breed them so that they will throw only blue eyes and seal point fur or whether to leave them different as they are. So many people take the Himalayan or the Sacred Cat of Burma for the Ragdolls and vice versa we are thinking of changing the look to that of no other cat in the world. Since the public judges on looks, we feel we need to make something different so that one can tell if he has the real thing or not. How would the public react to pink cats or green cats? We have several things we are anticipating.”