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We have available mink & sepia kittens!!!

 

At Southern Dolls, we have the rare and stunning Mink and Sepia Ragdolls in our family! Minks are rare, but we also have sepias which are ultra rare since two Mink or Sepia (or a Mink x Sepia) parents are required to produce sepia kittens.  Scroll down for more information on Mink and Sepia Ragdolls.    

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Cosmo (Blue Mitted Mink)

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Cosmo is one of our boys and is a stunning blue mitted mink.  He is a large, stocky kitten with great markings and a terrific Ragdoll personality.  He loves attention and is very attached to my 6-year-old son, so he loves children too :).  He has made a wonderful addition to our family as well as our breeding program.  He produces beautiful babies! 

 

Olivia (Seal Mitted Mink w/ Blaze)

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This is "Olivia," one of our mink girls, as you can see, minks have a darker, richer coat than traditional Ragdolls.  Olivia's beautiful with a super sweet temperament and is an excellent representation of the Ragdoll breed. Mitted Ragdolls may also have a "blaze". This is a white marking between the eyes and/or on the nose. There may be a small amount of white, or a blaze may be present on most of the face. Two common varieties are the "hour-glass" blaze, and the smallest version, a "diamond" blaze.  Olivia has an "hour-glass" blaze.  A Ragdoll with a blaze is usually accepted in shows.

 

Shelby (Blue Mitted Mink w/ Blaze)

Blue Mitted Mink with a Blaze

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Shelby is my furry daughter, lol.  She loves to grab my legs for attention and follows me everywhere.  She's a very happy kitty and is always so spunky and just loves life! She loves everyone and we absolutely adore her! She's pictured here at a year old and is already a big girl and has gorgeous markings.  Mitted Ragdolls may also have a "blaze". This is a white marking between the eyes and/or on the nose. There may be a small amount of white, or a blaze may be present on most of the face. Two common varieties are the "hour-glass" blaze, and the smallest version, a "diamond" blaze.  Shelby has a "diamond" blaze.  A Ragdoll with a blaze is usually accepted in shows.

 

Hayden (Blue Mitted Mink)

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Hayden has a wonderful temperament and is an extremely sweet & loving boy!  We love him to death & he's just a big ole baby!  He's a very big-boned, heavy kitty & he's not even a year old yet!  We believe he'll be our biggest male we've ever had... with the exception of Mickey since Mickey's neutered.  Hayden isn't producing babies yet, but we're looking forward to when he does!    

 

Keeley (Seal Colorpoint Sepia)

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Keeley will "melt" when you scratch her neck, and then you will become her best friend, lol.  Our kitties are extremely sweet, and Keeley is definitely not an exception. Sepias are ultra rare (more rare than minks).  Two mink or sepia parents (or mink x sepia) are required to produce sepia kittens which still isn't a guarantee in any given litter, unless mating two sepias.

 

 

Caydle (Blue Mitted Mink)

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Wow, what can I say about Caydle? She's a perfect doll, inside and out... which is why we kept her. She loves attention and is a very affectionate kitty!   Caydle's kittens are just as beautiful, sweet, and loving as she is! 

 

Origination...

A mink is not a new breed of Ragdoll, not even a new pattern, but rather it is a bloodline which can be traced back to the very first Ragdolls by Ann Baker and other IRCA Ragdoll breeders.  Contrary to some rumors, mink Ragdolls are indeed purebred and the breed is officially acknowledged by the SBT (StudBook Tradition) and The International Cat Association.  This makes them eligible for cat shows.  YES, minks are purebred, SBT and TICA registered Ragdolls.  A look at early pedigrees from the Ann Baker cattery, called Raggedy Ann, you will see that Josephine (a solid white) carried the mink gene, and Buckwheat (a solid black Burmese type) carried the sepia gene.  This confirms that minks and sepias can be traced back to the very first Ragdolls. 

 

Most breeders choose to continue with traditional Ragdolls only and just a few are continuing with these old lines and breed with Minks.  Click here if you'd like to see the lineage and genotype of the early Ragdolls.   

 

Ann Baker's Ragdolls

Ann Baker's Ragdolls

   Josephine with kittens                  Buckwheat with Kyoto and Tiki

 

Genetics and Kittens...

The Burmese gene is cb which creates a brownish coat for a genetically black cat.  The points (face mask, ears, legs, and tail) are very dark and the rest of the body is richly warm.  The mink gene isn't a separate gene but rather a combination of the pointed gene and the Burmese gene represented by (cbcs).

When you breed two mink cats together you'll get the following results: half of the litter will be mink colored, a quarter will be "sepia" colored (actually this is Burmese color, but they are called "sepia") and a quarter will be pointed Traditional Ragdolls.  This is possible because some kittens will receive the cb gene from both parents which will make them a sepia color, some will get the cs gene from both parents which will make them pointed, and some will get cb from one parent and cs from the other, and so they are mink colored.  Some breeders will tell you that they have kittens that are either: 1/4 mink, 1/2 mink, or 3/4 mink... there's no such thing and it doesn't make sense.  Ask them how they'd determine how much mink is in a kitten?  This is just a scam to make more money since minks usually cost more than traditionals... Ragdoll kittens are either 100% traditional, 100% mink, or 100% sepia.

Temperament...

Do Minks still have the same characteristics as the traditional variety of Ragdolls?  Most definitely!  They are a lovely, large, docile, floppy, people-friendly cat.  The Ragdoll cat or kitten does not wish to be left alone, it is a very social creature.  Other than having different markings, an SBT purebred TICA registered mink Ragdoll is exactly that, a true Ragdoll!

 

Physical Characteristics...

So why is this Ragdoll named "mink"?  They are called minks because the fur of this type of Ragdoll is still smoother than that of the pointed traditional Ragdoll, which is hardly possible, but they truly feel like a ladies mink stole.

Eye color between the traditional pointed variety and the Mink Ragdoll is also a distinguishing feature of each.  In the traditional Ragdoll kitten, the eye color is always blue.  The Mink Ragdoll has a gorgeous aqua (blue-green) eye coloring, resembling those pictures of the Caribbean Sea. 

Colors & Patterns...

Mink Ragdoll kittens are born with color, unlike traditional Ragdoll kittens who are born white.  The point color of the mink is much stronger, richer, and darker than that of the traditional Ragdoll.  Mink Ragdolls come in all the traditional colors of seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, flame, cream, tortie, and blue/cream.  They are also available in the traditional patterns of a Ragdoll, such as: colorpoint (having no white), mitted (white mitts on front paws and boots on back legs with white chin and bib), and bicolor (an inverted "V" on its face, white on all legs, chin and bib).  Any of these patterns and colors can also be marked with the lynx in point (tabby markings).

 

Here's a photo of one of Olivia's litter of 7 kittens.  Minks, sepias, and traditionals were all born in this litter.  Buzz and Mercedes (shown below) were in this litter.  They're only about a day old in this photo, so you can see that the minks and sepias were born with color and pattern, whereas the traditional kittens were not.  The traditional kittens will slowly develop their color as they get older, and their patterns will become more apparent.  And, the minks and sepias will also get even darker as they age.      

Mink, Sepia, and Traditional Ragdoll Kittens

 

Blue Sepia Kitten

Seal Sepia Kitten

Two of our sepia kittens

Blue colorpoint sepia boy (left) & seal colorpoint sepia girl (right)

 

Like the Minks, the Sepia lines also go back to IRCA breeders.  It was Buckwheat who threw in the sepia gene.  At birth, the mink kittens are significantly darker in body color than their pointed (or traditional) littermates and the sepia kittens are even darker than their mink littermates.  The points of an adult sepia, mink, and pointed Ragdoll look quite similar, but the body color is really different.  Comparing pointed, mink, and sepia in respect to each other:

 

~ Traditional (or Pointed) Ragdolls: points are dark - body coat is very light of color.

~ Mink Ragdolls: points are dark - body coat color is only a few grades lighter than their points.

~ Sepia Ragdolls: points are dark - body color is near (not quite!) the same as the point color.

 

Sepia and mink body coat color is a very 'warm' color.  Genetically, Pointed Ragdolls have two point genes (cs, cs), Sepia Ragdolls have two sepia genes (cb, cb) (also known as the Burmese genes), and Mink Ragdolls have one point gene and one sepia gene (cb, cs).  A sepia gene is not sex-related, but to get a mink Ragdoll, at least one of the parents need to be a mink unless you mate a traditional to a sepia in which you will obtain 100% mink Ragdolls.  And, to get a Sepia Ragdoll, both of the parents have to be either a mink or sepia. You will have 100% sepia kittens if mating two sepias. A Sepia Ragdoll, when bred to a Pointed Ragdoll will produce 100% mink kittens. 

Sepia kittens can be seen in the same colors/patterns as the Minks.  The overlaying patterns are the same for the Sepia, Mink, and Pointed Ragdoll, being either: solid (no white, equivalent to the color point pointed-variety), mitted, and bicolor.

The eye colors are as follows:

 

~ Traditional: blue

~ Sepia: green/gold/copper, but also blue(ish) eyes are possible, odd eyes

~ Mink: aqua (can vary from green/blue to blue/green)

 

This is Buzz, he's a Seal Mitted Sepia Ragdoll and is Olivia's baby.  Sepias have an even darker, richer coat than minks.  They can have copper, green, or gold eyes, and odd eyes or blu-ish eyes are possible, but not as common.  Sepias can only be produced from both parents being either a mink or sepia making them ultra rare... Buzz's father was also a mink like Olivia.  Furthermore, not all kittens born from two mink parents are sepias.

Seal Mitted Sepia Cat

Can you believe it???  The next two photos below are of Buzz when he was a kitten!  I've told several people the story of Buzz, so I wanted to share a couple of his baby photos.  He was so tiny with a big head and alien-like body, he stood out from the others!  We couldn't help but to give him lots of attention and baby him to death when he was here with us.  Look at him now!  He's one of the prettiest and biggest cats we've produced, so sometimes you just never know.  Dr. Boling, you've done an incredible job raising this little guy, thank you from the bottom of my heart :).

Seal Mitted Sepia Kitten

Seal Mitted Sepia Kitten

The following photo is of Buzz as a newborn.  His blaze and color (being a sepia) clearly distinguishes him from the others, even as of today when looking at the photos.  He was too cute! 

Seal Mitted Sepia Baby

 

 

This is Mercedes, she's a Seal Colorpoint Mink  Ragdoll and is Olivia's baby and was Buzz's littermate.  Minks have a darker coat than traditionals, but you can see that sepias are even darker than minks.  Mercedes also has aqua eyes, unlike sepias, and versus blue as in the traditionals.  Sepias, minks, and traditionals can all be born in the same litter, as was the case with this litter from Olivia.

Seal Colorpoint Mink

 

 

This is Max (he went home with Mercedes), he's a traditional blue colorpoint Ragdoll and was also a littermate to Buzz (a sepia) and Mercedes (a mink).  As you can see, his color is much lighter than minks and sepias, and he has blue eyes.  This litter was perfect for showing the differences in sepia, mink, and traditional Ragdoll kittens... now, I think you have a good idea.  If not, please read on, or feel free to do so anyways :). 

Blue Colorpoint Traditional

 

 

Here are three photos of our kittens comparing the difference in looks (body color and eyes) of a blue sepia, mink, and traditional Ragdoll kitten.  The traditional kitten is lightest in color, the mink is darker, and the sepia is even darker than the mink.  All of these kittens will get darker as they age; full weight and size is not expected until they're about four years old.  There's also a difference in the eye coloring of all three kittens.  It may be hard to tell from the photos, but the traditional has blue, the mink has aqua, and the sepia appears to have green eyes in the photo.  Sepias can have green, gold, or copper eyes.    

Blue Sepia Kitten

1) Blue Colorpoint Sepia Boy

2) Blue Colorpoint Mink Girl

3) Blue Mitted Traditional Girl

 

 

Here are three photos of our kittens comparing the difference in looks (body color and eyes) of a seal sepia, mink, and traditional Ragdoll kitten.  The traditional kitten is lightest in color, the mink is darker, and the sepia is even darker than the mink.  All of these kittens will get darker as they age; full weight and size is not expected until they're about four years old.  There's also a difference in the eye coloring of all three kittens.  It may be hard to tell from the photos, but the traditional has blue, the mink has aqua, and the sepia has gold eyes. Sepias can have green, gold, or copper eyes.    

1) Seal Colorpoint Sepia Girl

2) Seal Colorpoint Mink Girl

Seal Mitted Traditional

3) Seal Mitted Traditional Girl

 

 

Here are two photos of our kittens comparing the difference in looks (body color and eyes) of a flame mink and a flame traditional Ragdoll kitten.  We haven't produced a flame sepia yet.  The traditional kitten is lighter in color.  Both of these kittens will get darker as they age; full weight and size is not expected until they're about four years old. There's also a difference in the eye coloring; the traditional has blue, whereas the mink has aqua.  Both flames and minks are rare, so a flame mink is "ultra" rare.    

Flame Mitted Mink Boy

Flame Mitted Traditional Boy

 

 

I hope this page helped you to understand the differences between traditional, mink, and sepia Ragdolls. Enjoy the following photos of some more of our mink and sepia cats and kittens that we've produced.  The first one's name is "Mac", when he was six months old, isn't he gorgeous?  But, I think they all are :). Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you enjoyed! 

Blue Mitted Mink

Blue Mitted Mink Boy

 

Seal Mitted Blazed Mink Boy

 

Blue Mitted Mink

Blue Mitted Mink Boy

 

Seal Colorpoint Mink Girl

 

Seal Bicolor Mink Boy

 

Blue Mitted Mink Girl

 

Seal Mitted Mink Girl

 

Blue Colorpoint Mink Boy

 

Flame Mitted Mink Boy

 

Blue Mitted Mink Boy

 

Blue Colorpoint Mink Boy & Girl

 

Seal Mitted Mink Girl

 

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