Ragdoll Breeders

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Rags by ElainaThere are many Ragdoll breeders and catteries. If you are looking for a Ragdoll cat, it is probably best to buy either a rescue Ragdoll (a Ragdoll that has been abandoned or needs to be adopted because a family is moving out of the country or varius other reasons), a retired breeder (these cats range in age from 3 to 8 yers old and they are cats that breeders have used to breed. The breeders look for a safe home for the retired breeders) or adopt a new kitten.Rags, Summer 2008

NEW! Check out our page where Floppycats’ readers list recommended Ragdoll cat breeders.

We also have a page about how to spot Bad Ragdoll Breeders.

It is hard to figure out which breeders are the good ones and which ones are the bad ones. How to find a reputable breeder is a very subjective process. You will find, that many reputable breeders of all kinds of animals, are rather opinionated. They work hard, spend incredible amounts of energy and time, not to mention money on their programs. They can do everything right and still have things go horribly wrong.

Our Find a Ragdoll Cat Breeder page might help you more with the research process.

Ragdoll Rescue is sometimes the best route for those who do not have the time or energy for a kitten or are looking for a more established cat. And the pure bred cat rescues out there will do a good job in looking at your background and family needs to place the right kitty with you.

Some of the things to look for in a breeder are:

  • Are the kittens raised under foot? (in the breeder’s home)
  • Does the breeder have a decent reputation?
  • Do the cats look happy and well on the breeder’s website?
  • Does the breeder have dogs or children?
  • Do I personally like the breeder?

There are, in fact, many questions to ask your breeder. If you’d like additional ideas, please visit Floppycats.com’s Questions for Breeders page.

Getting along with your Ragdoll breeder is very important. Any negative energy from either side will indirectly affect the Ragdoll cat you are considering. It is important that their Ragdoll kittens are raised under foot, or in the breeder’s home. If the breeder has a separate room, that too, can be okay if the breeder is proactive about socializing the animals.

Napa's Introduction to Rags

If you are in the process of looking for a Ragdoll from a breeder, it is a good idea to look at a number of breeders. Ask other breeders if they know another breeder you are working with. In such a field, they usually know of one another or have heard of the other one.

Photos of Ragdolls on a breeder’s website always say a lot about the cats. If there is a lot of “gook” in the cats’ eyes and the eyes of the cat are droopy, then more than likely there is something wrong with the cat. Be sure to look in the background of the photos – is the area where the cats are living, clean? If not, then the cat may have health issues. If the kittens, Studs (male breeders) and Queens (female breeders) look healthy and happy, then more than likely the kittens will be too.

It is important to get photos of the kitten you are considering emailed or mailed to you. More than likely you will have to have put down a deposit to reserve a kitten or a un-born kitten from a litter. The more popular the breeder and the more popular the Queen or Stud producing the litter, the more popular the kittens will be. However, the breeder should be willing to send you a few photos of the kitten or the un-born kitten’s parents before you put down a deposit.

Lastly, you may want to consider whether or not the breeder has children or dogs. If you have children and dogs, it is best that the kitten is raised in that sort of enviroment. So that when the kitten arrives at your home, it is used to children and dogs.

Murphy (Ragdoll kitten), Tucker (German Shepherd) and Caymus (Ragdoll Kitten)
Murphy (Ragdoll kitten), Tucker (German Shepherd) and Caymus (Ragdoll Kitten)

Some Ragdoll breeders will ship their kittens – you pay an extra fee for this (the fee the airline charges) as well as a pet carrier fee (which the breeder buys ahead of time and ships the kittens in–so they are safe and warm). Some Ragdoll breeders insist that you pick them up. So it may be the wisest thing to find a Ragdoll breeder in your state or the next state over. If you would like to travel to get your kitten – that is, on an airplane, the breeder should allow you to see their facility. If the breeder is hesitant to let you see their home/facility, then you might be weary of adopting from that breeder. Afterall, as a cat breeder, they are operating a business and part of their business is the facility that they operate in!

If you would like to see additional questions to ask breeders, please visit Floppycats.com’s Questions for Breeders Page.

Words of Caution…
As with any purebred animal, beware of “discount” Ragdolls. The kitten might be inexpensive up front, but the diseases it might come with could make the kitten very expensive in the future. Ragdolls should be purchased from a registered, reputable breeder. When a breeder wants to breed happy, healthy pedigree Ragdolls, it’s an expensive and timely undertaking. And that’s why they charge the way that they do!

If you are a Ragdoll Breeder and would like to be featured, please contact us.

In addition, you are welcome to consider an advertising package with Floppycats.com. Or contact Floppycats.com if you are a Ragdoll breeder and would like to do an interview in order to be featured on this site.

Again, our interviews and our Breeder Directory are free advertising options we offer Ragdoll breeders.

Comments (17)

  1. Just watched your video on Weruva canned cat food. My Dolly eats Fussie cat canned food. What do you think of that brand? I also give her Fromm Surf and Turf dry food, but she actually prefers the wet food. I buy that from Chewy.com and will look into the Weruva brand. Will appreciate your comment. Thanks. Mary

    1. I have heard of it, I think, but that’s it. I do not know anything about it. Oh!! It’s a VERY GOOD thing she prefers wet food – I would look into the dangers of dry food. Check out catinfo.org and see the benefits of a wet food only or a raw and wet food only diet. Just say no to dry food is my new thing =)

  2. I have a rag doll cat who has never had kittens and is no more than 3 or 4 very pretty needs a home very bad some one just dropped her off and never came to sign papers over not fixed and really need some one to contact me asap im in Clearwater fl.

  3. This summer, I ordered a ragdoll kitten from Catastrophic/Lonerock in WI. The kitten was suddenly “ready” a month early. And, I was SOO excited. In retrospect, the early was not the only red flag that I should have seen. I really did not want to buy $100 of cat food that was not the brand I intended to feed. I thought we had that worked out, yet was expected to pay $80 for foods I did not want. One of them being a low quality, the other being freeze dried. On the way home, the kitten coughed several times. I notified the breeder via email when we got home that night. She kept encouraging me to NOT see the vet, telling me it was “stress”. That was Sunday. Wednesday, i took him to the vet and he had conjuntivitis, a fever, and congested lungs. He was given Zythromycin. The following Monday, I took him back and he was worse. The vet asked to keep him. He passed away the following Friday. I was able to get a refund, but that did not fix the heartbreak. Looking back, I should not have “assumed” that the health certificate and registration papers were in the pack sent with (I owned a pet store and we had all that with ALL of the puppies, plus enough food to transition). I should have wondered when the cat was handed to me wrapped in a blanket and I was told to hold him all the way home (6 hours)I should have wondered when there were no other cats in sight and the response to where the housecats were was “outside”. The blood work came back as FeLV positive. Although the fever and white count indicated bacterial. His lungs were clear on x-ray. WE have since gotten two ragdoll kittens from Brier Rose. We were pleased to see kitties and underfoot and with run of the house. I received all of the paperwork that I had expected. My vet check on my end indicated very healthy kittens. Rags (the first cat) may well have been an isolated incident for this breeder…I know that things can happen. But, I also know that in her 35 years of breeding, this could not have been the “first” as she said.

  4. Hi Jenny,
    Awesome site! I’m new to ragdolls and hope to get one from a breeder by March 2017. We currently have a british shorthair. After researching on Ragdolls, watching your vids, and seeing them at a cat show and at a breeder my wife and I are in Love! I just got your book as well. Keep up the great work!

    I just had a question for those owners that purchased from a breeder. Is it really worth getting the paperwork from the breeders? I adopted our British shorthair from a breeder. I received the paperwork I was supposed to send out but never did. I didnt understand why I would need to pay for this paperwork when we would have no plans on breeding or selling our cat in the near future. What do you and your subscribers think about this topic?

    Thanks in advance,
    Ger

    1. Hi Ger, thank you for supporting our site by buying our book. As far as papers go, papers represent responsible breeding and also hopefully someone that cares about the breed. So it’s more than just getting papers – if a breeder does papers more often than not they are responsible and care about the breed. Those things are worth more – and you have to question someone’s intentions who does not have papers with their cats.

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