what can we expect from ragdoll breeder?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Every breeder I’ve ever known has posted all of that information on their website or will provide it through email. Your breeder sounds sketchy.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Regardless of the breed, every breeder should be doing testing of the parents and offspring that is available and relevent to their species/breed of choice.  If they state it on their website, they should have no problem providing you with the physical proof.  If they won’t give it to you, I wouldn’t trust that they are actually doing it.  And if they are not screening for certain disease that are known in the breed before chosing their breeding stock, they have no business being breeders.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Yeah, the breeder I got my bengal from regularly tested her cats for heart defects. I can’t remember seeing the papers from Spock’s parents, but I saw quite a few in her paperwork for various different cats under her care.

I know it’s rare for a breeder to offer this (usually they only offer a 5 generation pedigree) but if there’s a chance to get a 10 generation pedigree, that would be great. I lost a cat to FIP recently, and having a common ancestor within 10 generations is apparently a huge predictor of this. This is especially important if kitty will be a house cat, as they are more at risk. That said, we are talking about an incredibly rare disease here, but I do think there’s a value in checking for inbreeding in general.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You might have a hard time. Back yard breeders LOVE ragdolls. You might have better luck with a less popular breed like a Brittish Longhair. Similar temperament and very fancy. Just a suggestion.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is the breeder a member of CFA or TICA?

 

i have two Ragdolls– from different breeders.  Both my boys are healthy and just turned 8.  I found the first breeder by a simple Google search– got the second boy after going to a cat show.

 

Hopefully you can get a good feel for someone’s character if you speak with them or visit them and the cats.  It’s quite obvious when a breeder is doing it to supplement income or if they just have an undying devotion to their animals.

 

 

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