We are a small hobby Ragdoll Cat Breeder based in Buckinghamshire, fully registered with The British Ragdoll Cat Club [TBRCC], which is affiliated to The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy [GCCF]. We are also members of the Progressive Ragdoll Breed Cat Club [PRBCC].
We purchased our first Ragdoll, Woodypaws Oliver Bailey, from Debbie and Alan Wood in 2002. We fell in love with the breed, so in 2006 we obtained our prefix ‘Kantial‘ and started breeding these stunning cats ourselves. Soon after, we purchased our first stud cat, Tufytoes Georgios, bred by Tracey Rigler of Pas de Chat & Tufytoes.
The Ragdoll is quite possibly the most laid back of all the domestic cat breeds; content, undemanding and tolerant of most situations. Being a sociable breed, Ragdolls like the company of their owner or another feline friend. With an extremely gentle and relaxed nature, they each make loyal and devoted pets. Ragdolls are large semi long-haired cats and are strictly house cats (as they do not defend themselves)… although they do welcome the occasional supervised time in an enclosed garden.
We currently are rehoming some of our older Ragdolls. We are pleased to say that we have found lovely new homes for some of them already, Please refer to our ‘Older Cats’ page for details of cats now looking for new homes
If you would be interested in rehoming one of our retired cats, please do contact us.
We have now decided to stop breeding after 11 years. We have loved raising these adorable cats, and although it has been very time consuming, we shall miss having kittens running around the house.
We have met some lovely people over the years who have come to see us and our ragdolls, and who have rehomed one (or often two) of our kittens. We thank you all for the updates and photos that you have subsequently provided.
Martina and Alan Andrews.
HISTORY OF THE RAGDOLL
Spring 1981 heralded great excitement for two Norfolk ladies who would become synonomously linked in a new venture they were about to embark on with the arrival of the first Ragdolls in the UK.
Lulu Rowley of the Petil-lu Cattery in Old Costessey, near Norwich initially imported two six month old kittens, Lad and Lass, Seal Colourpointed and Seal Mitted varieties, from Denny and Laura Dayton’s Blossom-Time Cattery in California . Her friend, Pat Brownsell of the Patriarca Cattery imported her younger pair of Ragdolls, a Seal Colourpointed and a Chocolate Bicolour, appropriately named Prim and Proper.
The two ladies had the foresight to broaden the base of their foundation stock by importing a further eight Ragdolls and within a year Blossom-Time Romeo, Juliet, Pistil, Camellia, Bananas, Myrtie, Spring and Summer joined the earlier quartet. With a variety of Ragdolls between them, Lulu and Pat had the potential to produce the 3 patterns of Colourpointed, Mitted and Bicolour in the colours of seal, blue, chocolate and lilac. Once their breeding programmes were established, the ladies were inundated with requests from breeders in the UK , Europe and as far afield as Australia , wishing to establish their own foundation lines and one such breeder was Sue Ward-Smith of Ashburnham in Sussex. Her choice of prefix was inspirational, and the name of Pandapaws was to become inextricably linked to Ragdolls. Sue, along with a dedicated group of Ragdoll enthusiasts, was not only instrumental in founding The British Ragdoll Cat Club in 1987, but she also set about getting Ragdolls accepted and registered by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. In March 1990 recognition was finally achieved and Ragdolls were eligible to be shown in the Assessment classes at Championship Shows around the country.
Documented evidence about the origin of the Ragdoll remains vague, but it is believed that the breed’s originator, Mrs Ann Baker of Riverside, California, acquired 3 foundation cats from a Mrs Pennel; a Seal Mitted male with a white nose blaze named Daddy Warbucks, who was derived from Josephine, a white non pedigree female and an unknown sire. Ann also acquired two further daughters of Josephine’s; Buckwheat, a black self from a different sire of unknown origin and Fugianna, a seal bicolour, sired by Daddy Warbucks. In due course Buckwheat was mated to Daddy Warbucks and in June 1965 she produced the first kittens that were registered as Ragdolls, Raggedy Ann Kyoto and Raggedy Ann Tiki. (TBRCC)
Gus and Bailey relaxing in the hearth.