All our chocolate and lilac Ragdolls have been DNA tested or are from DNA tested parents. All of our Ragdolls are dual registered but we have chosen to advance our chocolates and lilacs with FIFe which is the largest registery in the world.
Chocolate and lilac Ragdolls are still rare and difficult to find. When Ann Baker started the Ragdoll breed all Ragdolls were originally seal. Where then did chocolate and blue come from?
Ann was a lady who had her own aims and kept her own secrets. At the time she was starting Ragdolls, she also had several other breeding programmes running. One of these was lilac Applehead Balinese (Traditional Balinese). In a letter to her friend she states her intention of introducing her lilac Applehead Balinese into the Ragdoll to produce the colours of blue and lilac.
Australia started an outcross programme in the mid 1990s using the Traditional Balinese. This was to bring back not only the colours of chocolate and lilac but to reintroduce health and vigour. This was a very successful programme overseen at all levels and highly regulated. Ragdolls with this outcross in their background are recognised worldwide. Ragdolls in the UK that have been found to be carrying the chocolate gene also have the Balinese in their background as confirmed by Ann Baker in a letter to her friend.
We have imported Ragdolls from recognised breeders from abroad who have been running successful chocolate and lilac breeding programmes for many years. We felt it necessary to go abroad to get this level of expertise, which is sadly lacking in the UK. Whilst we are happy to make such a considerable financial commitment, this is not passed on. All of our kittens are precious to us and no distinction is made for colour or pattern in our pricing. We do feel that our chocolate and lilac Ragdolls have made a difference to our breeding programme and would like to thank the dedicated breeders from around the world who have trusted us with their precious kittens.