Floppycats.com had an Interview with Liz Thurman of Bordeaux Ragdolls. Liz Thurman is owner and operator of Bordeaux Ragdolls in Clearwater, FL. Her phone is (727) 799-2214. Her website is www.ragdolls4u.com. Liz is a breeder of 31 CFA Grand Champions, a Member of CFA Ragdoll Breed Council and the Secretary of Ragdolls of America Group (RAG).
How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?
I began breeding and exhibiting Ragdolls in 1999.
How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?
When I was married I showed and bred German Shepherds and I wanted a feline breed that was as dog-like as possible. After seeing Ragdolls at some ACFA shows in 1999, I decided that this breed was the breed for me. With their dog-like personality, following you from room-to-room, love for attention and passive nature, they are a wonderful companion. I took care of my father for 18 months before he passed on in my home. I’ve found that breeding and taking care of my Ragdolls has fit in perfectly with my caregiver personality.
Do you show? Why or why not?
Yes, I definitely show. This is the reason that I breed my Ragdolls. Since 1999, I have bred 31 Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) Grand Champions/Grand Premiers; the highest award attainable in CFA. I have also bred the second Best of Breed Ragdoll female, my Grand Champion Katy. I did and have had numerous Southern Regional winners and many of my Ragdolls each year have among the top three Ragdolls shown in CFA in the World. CFA is the largest, oldest and most prestigious cat registry. I breed my Ragdolls so that I have a Ragdoll to show myself. I have had several litters where there are three show quality kittens in, say, a litter of five kittens. I pride myself on the top quality of the mommies and daddies of my kittens.
What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?
Other than HCM, there are no cogential defects in the Ragdolls.
How are you breeding to avoid those defects?
I DNA test my Ragdolls and scan them to prevent heart-related problems. I have never had a kitten or adult with HCM and because of my confidence in my breeding program and my moms and dads offer a five-year genetic written health guarantee and a lifetime HCM guarantee.
How large is your breeding operation?
It isn’t large, but right now, I have some of my original moms who are 7-8 years old, their daughters and their granddaughters.
Where do your cats spend most of their time?
My boys have their boys’ room (because male cats can and sometimes do, spray and cannot run loose with the girls unattended). My babies are born in my bedroom, and my girls run around my house loose, constantly underfoot. My Ragdolls are an integral part of my live.
Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?
Until recently, I worked from home for my boss, but have now retired.
What sort of health guarantees do you offer?
I offer a five-year written genetic health guarantee and a lifetime HCM guarantee.
What happens if the kitten gets sick?
They go to the vet.
Do you have any fun adoption stories to share?
I am always getting either e-mail pictures or pictures in the mail from people who have adopted my babies. Their stories and delight in having one of my babies, makes all the hard work (cleaning) worthwhile.
What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?
Because I exhibit my Ragdolls in CFA, I only work the bicolor pattern with the racoon-type mask (called an inverted v) and white front and back legs. A pet quality kitten would be a kitten with a spot of color on one of the back hocks, an even inverted v that is not even………..
Do you keep some of your cats for your own?
Yes, definitely. This is why I breed. To keep some of my top quality show babies for myself. I have some girls who are my 3rd and 4th generation of my breeding.
How old is your oldest cat?
My oldest girl was born in 1999 (my Miss Monique) and my alter, Baby Sage, who is my best friend and dear companion, he’s 8 years old and was my first Grand Premier (meaning that altered him and showed him in the alter class). His younger brother, Grand Champion Bordeaux LTD’s Just ‘N Thyme, is one of my greatest producersFloppycats.com has interviewed the following Ragdoll breeders. If you would like to read their interview, please click on any of them below.
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What is your favorite Ragdoll look?
I’m not sure how to answer this question. I only breed the bicolor pattern in the Ragdoll……
Do you raise your cats underfoot?
Absolutely, my babies, both big and small, are an integral part of my life. Babies are raised in my bedroom until they have had two vaccines, then they come into the main part of the house. I pride myself on the top quality, outstanding health and superb temperament of my Ragdolls. Without their temperament and laid-back personalities, they aren’t a Ragdoll, but just another cat. I pride myself that when people come to look at kittens or come to visit that my Ragdolls climb on their laps, sit on the coffee table and play and generally act like Ragdolls!
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