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Big & Beautiful: Ragdoll PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:00

Those Big Blue Eyes

Average weight: 10-18 lbs
Average height: 11”-12” from shoulder to toe

The Ragdoll is a breed most well known for their bright blue eyes and distinct coloring. Ragdolls are large and muscular with a soft and silky coat. Best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature, it’s name derived from the tendency of the cats to go limp and relaxed when picked up.

Ragdoll catThe relaxed, "floppy" nature of the Ragdoll is a characteristic thought to be passed down from the Persian and Birman breeds. There are contrary statements on whether this trait might be the result of genetic mutation. The extreme docility of some individuals have led to the myth that Ragdolls are pain-resistant. Some breeders in Britain have tried to breed away from the limpness due to concerns that extreme docility “might not be in the best interests of the cat.” Breed standards describe the Ragdoll as affectionate, intelligent, relaxed in temperament, gentle and easy to handle.


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Big & Beautiful: Chausie PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:00

A chausie goes for a walkJungle Curl, Stone Cougar, Mountain Cougar
Average weight: 18-25 lbs
Average height: 13”-16” from shoulder to toe

The Chausie has the lean look of an agile hunter and retains a wildness that is reminiscent of its ancestors. A Chausie is a hybrid of the domestic cat, usually an Abyssinian and the Jungle Cat. Like it's ancestors, the Chausie's ears are upright and tufted. They are well known for their speed and nearly six-foot vertical leap.

This cat is about twice the height of a standard domestic cat. It is very active and may not be legal in all areas because, like the Savannah, it is generally considered to be a hybrid.


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Big & Beautiful: Norwegian Forest Cat PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 06:22

Norwegian Forest catWegie, skogkatter, Norsk skogkatt
Average weight: 18-25 lbs
Average height: 13”-16” from shoulder to toe

The Norwegian Forest Cat is in the top two largest breeds of domestic cats (thus far). Native to Northern Europe, the Norwegian Forest Cats have a thick fluffy double-layered coat, long tufts of fur in ears and between toes, and a long bushy tail to protect them against the bitter cold. Their coat is nearly waterproof due to its water repellent outer layer and dense underlay.

Adult males weigh in between 13 and 22 lbs, while females are generally slightly smaller. Their hind legs are longer than their front legs. They are very intelligent, playful cats that enjoy human company but can get upset if left alone for a long period of time. The nickname of "Wegie" (to pronounce it correctly, rhyme it with 'squeegee') began in the United States and is a shortened version of the word Norwegian.


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Big & Beautiful: Bengal PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 05:58

Bengal cat walkingWalk on the Wild Side
Average weight: 7-13 lbs
Average height: 11”-13” from shoulder to toe

The Bengal is a relatively new hybrid breed of cat, formed by the cross of a domestic feline and an Asian Leopard Cat. Bengal cats have "Cheetah-looking" markings, such as large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly. They have a sleek skeletal structure reminiscent of the Asian Leopard cat. However, their "wild" appearance is combined with a gentle domestic cat temperament.

In fact, these unique cats seem to have retained the best features from both their wild and domestic ancestors. This has resulted in pets with enormous personality, who are interested in everything around them, and who love engaging in a lot of one-on-one with their human companions.


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Big & Beautiful: Maine Coon PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 05:49

three maine coon cats pose for photoThe Gentle Giants
Average weight: 10-14 lbs
Average height: 14” from shoulder to toe

The Maine Coon is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, and is native to the state of Maine, where it is also the official State Cat.

Legends abound about this breed. Many people once believed the Maine Coon originated by interbreeding the American bobcat with the domestic cats brought to North America on the various sailing ships that came to the Northeastern seaboard. Another tale is that the Maine Coon's ancestors came from Norwegian Skogkatts brought over by the Vikings. A letter from Mrs. Jack Bjonness to Mrs. Rod Ljostad describes them as follows:

“The head is longer than that of the shorthaired domestic. The coat is about half as long as that of the Persian. They come in all colors, the ears are high with lynx tufts, the whole cat is ‘tall’ not Cobby like a Persian. But no one could say it is a slender cat. They are ‘hardy.’”


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