Please always buy any Ragdoll from a reputable breeder. They will be members of a reputable cat club such as the P.R.B.C.C. The Queen and Stud should be active registered with the G.C.C.F (or another recognised governing body). This will ensure your kitten comes from healthy stock, not “farmed”, but instead bred with integrity with the animal and the breeds best interest.
Pedigree Ragdoll kittens on average cost £650 and above. Some rarer colours such as chocolate and lilac can cost more, and a perfectly marked show quality kitten will also cost more. Please do not be tempted by a cheaper price. The cost of buying a G.C.C.F. active registered Queen is in excess of £1,000 each, the cost of using a G.C.C.F. active registered Stud per mating is in excess of £300. Then when you factor in the genetic tests, club membership fees, registration costs, quality food and vet bills for the Queens and the kittens, you can soon see there is a very small profit margin when things are done properly.
As per the G.C.C.F.‘s stipulation, your breeder must provide you with your kittens 3 generation pedigree certificate once the purchase is complete. For your peace of mind, we at Dollypurrs provide each owner with the kittens 5 generation pedigree certificate.
The kitten will be G.C.C.F. non active registered, which means you can not breed from it and it is strictly a pet. This is to ensure that reputable breeders can choose the cat with the best of breed standards only to breed from, ensuring the breed has a healthy bloodline going forward. Your kitten being G.C.C.F. registered is also an assurance that it is a full pedigree, otherwise it would not be possible to register it with the G.C.C.F. You will be contracted by your breeder to have your kitten neutered/spayed by the time they are 6 months of age and provide evidence of this. If you are given any excuses as to why your kitten is not registered with the G.C.C.F. simply walk away, you are not dealing with a reputable breeder. The sad fact is that a kitten from a non reputable breeder will more than likely not be a full pedigree, and may also come from untested and unhealthy bloodlines.
Always visit the breeder to see the kitten before you commit. Ask to see the kitten you are considering with it’s mother. A reputable breeder should have nothing to hide and should encourage you with this.
Your breeder should also encourage you to take as many pictures as you like during your visit. As breeders, we do appreciate each kittens prospective new family are super excited to have found The One!
Do not be "rushed" into buying your furbaby. Good breeders generally have a waiting list which really is worth it. Remember, your furbaby is a 15-20 year commitment so you should have a good raport with your breeder.