The Mink Ragdoll
The Mink Ragdoll is not a new breed of Ragdoll. The Mink colouration can be traced right back to the foundation cats Anne Baker (the original Ragdoll Breeder) used in her cattery to produce the Ragdoll we all know today.
If you look at the early pedigrees from Ann Bakers Cattery you will see the names of such Ragdoll cats as Josephine (a solid white persian) and Buckwheat (a black Burmese - type cat). The Burmese gene is CB which creates a brownish coat for a genetically black cat. The Mink is not a seperate gene, but rather a combination of a pointed gene plus a Burmese gene.
They are called Minks because of their coat, which is softer or smoother like a Mink.
Both Mink & Traditionals are pure Ragdolls, the only difference is Minks are born with colour and traditionals are born white. Traditional Ragdolls have beautiful blue eyes and Mink Ragdolls have aqua coloured eyes.
Minks have the same characteristics of your traditional Ragdolls eg- Calm, loving, large & dog like.
Both Mink & Traditional colourations can come in a variety of colours - Seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, cream and red.
A Minks coat is the same colour as its points, just a lighter shade. For example- A seal point Mink will have dark brown points (Like a traditional Seal point Ragdoll), and their coat will be a rich caramel, coffee colour.
Represented by (CBCS)
When you breed two Mink Ragdolls together you will get:
1/2 litter Mink
This is possible because some kittens recieve the CB gene from both parents which will give them sepia colour, some will get CS gene from both parents, which will make them pointed and some will get CB from one parent and CS from another parent and this will make them Mink coloured.
I have at different times seen advertised on places like Gumtree, kittens labeled as "Minks" being sold by unregistered breeders. These kittens are not PURE Mink Ragdolls. My Mink Ragdoll 'Shadow' is SBT Registered which means he has NO unregistered or unknown cats in his pedigree. The 'T' used in 'SBT' stands for 'Traditional', which means traditional lines were only used in his pedigree.
Some people might say "who cares, I'm not interested in pedigree papers, I'm not going to show my cat".
But buyers should care!! Expecially if you want a Ragdoll that has the right temperament (not all Ragdolls are the same), you have a much higher guarantee of getting a traditional type Ragdoll from a Registered breeder and one that is clear of HCM and PKD problems.
Pedigree papers are your guarantee that you are purchasing the real deal!
Paw Peds is a gene pool data base available on line which is an example of the dedication of ethical registered cat breeders who are interested in taking care of our cats genetics. It covers issues with education and information regarding genetic health. The history of your cats genetics is important in many different ways. If you purchase a cat from a unregistered breeder you have no genetic guarentee, in other words "who knows what you're buying?"
Most breeders today choose to continue with pointed colours. There are only 3 Registered Mink Ragdoll Breeders in the whole of Australia (that we know of) devoted to continuing with these old lines and breed with Mink and solid Ragdolls. The Mink Ragdoll Originates from America, and it was a very long and very expensive 12 months importing our Mink here to Australia. Registered Breeders will not sell breeder kittens to unregistered people or catterys, so if you are purchasing a Mink Ragdoll from a unregistered breeder, you are only purchasing a Ragdoll X cat.