Ragamuffin

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RagaMuffins are big, beautiful, friendly cats. If you haven?t heard of them yet, it?s because they are a new breed, only recognized by the major cat associations starting in 1994. Longhaired, with non-matting rabbit-like coats, RagaMuffins are adorable as kittens and oh-so-striking as adults.Description:Because they come in all colors and patterns, people sometimes wonder if our RagaMuffins are really all in the same breed! ?Muffins come in solids, tabbies, torties, and points, with or without white?and in any of the colors that are possible for cats. Many have little white feet, or mitts, and sometimes they?ll have a white tip on the end of their tails. Their markings can be symmetrical, or not, either way is fine for RagaMuffins. Regardless of color and pattern, ?Muffins are usually pretty big?from 10 to 15 pounds for girls, and from 15 to 20 pounds (or more!) for boys. They mature slowly, reaching their full growth at 3 or 4 years. They are substantial cats, with muscular, rectangular bodies, broad chests and powerful shoulders. As they grow older, they generally develop a ruff around their necks, which can make them look elegant, especially when you also notice their big fluffy tails. Although full-grown ?Muffins look regal, they are not at all standoffish! They?ll meet you at the door when you come home, follow you around the house, and generally want to be where you are. ?Muffins love their humans, and many are lap cats, or ?proximity cats,? wanting to be with you most of the time. If you?ve known one of those cats that only paid attention to you when it was hungry??Muffins are not that cat! RagaMuffins are bred, first to be healthy, second to have wonderful, friendly personalities, and third to be big and beautiful. They often live long lives for cats, 18 years being a common life span. For the official standard on RagaMuffins, please see www.ragamuffingroup.com

History: 

The RagaMuffins have their roots in the work of Ann Baker, a Persian breeder who discovered a litter of extremely friendly street cats in the 1960s. She developed this litter, with the help of other breeders, into a breed group she called ?Cherubim,? which included the Ragdoll, Miracle Ragdoll, and Honeybear breeds. In 1967, a group of these original breeders broke away from the perhaps over-controlling authority of Ann Baker and registered their cats with the mainstream cat associations. Those cats are the RagaMuffins? cousins, and they are named ?Ragdolls,? for the way they often go limp in your arms when you pick them up. After continuing with Ann Baker for a time, a second group of breeders broke away in 1993 (there are many interesting stories about this!) and registered their newly named ?RagaMuffins? with the more established cat associations. The American Cat Fancier?s Association is the official registering body for the RagaMuffins, and most of the three dozen or so RagaMuffin breeders world-wide belong to the RagaMuffin Associated Group, which has a strict code of ethics and a strong breeder network to provide the best care and methods for raising little ?Muffins.You can find this list at www.ragamuffingroup.com/BreedersList.htm Although they come from the same roots, the RagaMuffins are different cats from the Ragdolls. Ragdolls are blue-eyed, pointed cats, with light bodies and darker ears and tails. They also have darker feet and noses, although sometimes these are covered with white mitts or blazes. They are bred to have specific markings and coloring. Unlike Ragdolls, RagaMuffins can be any color or pattern. There are also differences in shape and conformation. One of the most noticeable differences is the ?Muffins? ?scoop,? which, together with their rounded whisker pads and walnut-shaped eyes gives them a very sweet look. Still fairly new to the cat associations, RagaMuffins achieved championship status in 2001.

Temperament: 

RagaMuffins are sweet and lovable. Kittens, especially, will have a frisky romp through the house now and then, and they love to play with toys as well as with their humans. Like most cats, they sleep quite a lot of the day?cats sleep, on average, 70% of the time! Friendly kitties, they get along well with kids and other pets. For the most part, they play very gently with their humans, having ?soft paws? (keeping their claws in), and being much more likely to lick your fingers than to chew on them. RagaMuffins are on the quiet side, not being as vocal as some other breeds. They are indoor cats, being far too friendly and trusting to roam freely outside.

Information supplied by: 

Jeanne Farrington - RagaMuffin Associated Group - ?The Parent Club of the RagaMuffin?