The Mysterious Black Ragdoll
You’ve likely never seen a black Ragdoll. In fact, I believe we are the only Ragdoll cattery in Oregon currently providing this coat color. They are rare, but not for the reasons you may be thinking of.
When Ann Baker created the Ragdoll breed approximately 50 years ago, ‘solid’ coat cats were part of her breeding program. These are cats with non-pointed features such as non- blue eyes and (most notably) a consistent coat color throughout the entire body.
There is one more notable feature of solid cats. The gene that represents seal coloring (brown) in pointed cats, manifests as black in solid cats. In Ragdolls, the color ranges from black to a rich and luxurious dark brown.
Scarcity of Black Ragdolls
Beautiful, right?! The tuxedo marking is particularly popular. So, why are they not offered in every cattery? The scarcity is not due to some genetic anomaly nor to lack of customer demand. It is breeder preference and a stigma against solid Ragdolls.
Solid cats do not meet the blue eyed brand of the Ragdoll breed put forth by the Dayton family (an early Ragdoll breeder). The Daytons did not have solids in their breeding program when campaigning to register the Ragdoll breed with feline associations. Although solid lineages are continued by some breeders, there has been no subsequent official vote to include solid Ragdolls as part of the breed in CFA or TICA.
At this point, you may be asking yourself how we offer TICA registered solid Ragdolls if TICA has not voted to accept the coat coloring. The answer is that they are unofficially recognized by TICA. Our solid feline lineages are traceable through TICA and IRCA records back to Ann Baker’s original breeding program.
There are a small subset of Ragdoll catteries left dedicated to preserving these elder Ragdoll types: solids, minks, sepias. Oregonians love them and so we are proud to offer them as part of our breeding program ♥. With increasing popularity, they may someday soon be voted on and officially accepted into the various cat associations breed definitions.
It is undeniable that these cats fit the physical and psychological standards of the Ragdoll breed. See the flat forehead and large stocky body. The medium-to-long length of fur. They are loving and social as much as they are soft and beautiful!
Do you agree with us that solid/black Ragdolls should be preserved? Here to tell us that our cats are not real Ragdolls? Leave us a comment below :).
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