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The Ragamuffin originates from...

Very little is known about the early development of the Ragamuffin breed, although it is believed to have made its first appearance in 1960s California. The breed was originally named the ‘Ragdoll,’ a name which was changed so as to reflect the many out-crossings that had occurred in the breed’s development. These out-crosses are likely to have been Turkish Angoras, Birmans and Persians, as well as other longhaired breeds. Besides this, precious little is known about the history of the breed, except that it was officially recognised by the American Cat Fanciers Association in 1994 and by the Cat Fanciers Association in 2003.

The Ragamuffin is characterised by...

The Ragamuffin is a breed of stocky build, with muscular legs and a strong, rectangular body. The head is typically wedge-shaped and the ears are triangular and wide-spaced. The Ragamuffin’s coat is plush, soft to the touch and is easy to maintain with regular grooming. Around the neck and the face, hair is typically longer, giving the impression of a bushy collar. As hair moves from the head of the cat to the rear it gets longer, and the plumed tail blends with the rest of the coat. All colour variations and patternings are permissible in the breed, although white/cream is most commonly seen. It is not unusual for a Ragamuffin to take 4 years to reach maturity.

The average Ragamuffin...

The Ragamuffin is described by breeders, owners and enthusiasts as a delightful breed with a relaxed and amiable temperament. It is held in high esteem in the feline world and thought of fondly by those lucky enough to own one. With a calm, gentle and loving nature, the Ragamuffin is well suited to indoor-living, providing a variety of interactive toys and playthings are made available to it. Compatible with young children and other house pets when introduced to them gradually, the Ragamuffin will make a wonderful addition to any household that is willing to return its love and loyalty. A typical Ragamuffin will go to great lengths to ensure it is included in family activities, and will not appreciate being left alone for long periods of time. On average, a healthy adult Ragamuffin will weigh 10-20 pounds depending on gender, with a rough life expectancy of 15-20 years.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Due to the relative rarity of the Ragamuffin, it is difficult to determine any breed-specific health conditions. Polycystic kidney disease, as well as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are documented in the breed, but not with any great prevalence. It is generally thought that the Ragamuffin is not susceptible to any genetic complaints and is typically healthy, resilient and long-lived.

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