RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Sun Feb 20, '11 3:09pm PST |
|Well, this subject when it comes up, usually generates a pretty good discussion, mol, and you will get a wide variety of thoughts, suggestions and opinions.
First, here is the CFA site for breeds, you can read all about the breeds you are interested in.
Each breed has their own characteristics, which they tend towards, altho not every single cat of that breed, will be exactly like that.
Spynx's I don't know much about, they are hairless, altho they do have a peach fuzz like feel, so you would have to take extra precautions, that they are warm enough. I really only came across one at shows, she benched next to me alot, and she wasn't on the overly friendly side, but that just may have been her, she didn't seem to take to the show atmosphere, so it may just have been her temperment.
Bengals are not even allowed in the CFA show hall, as they are too close to their wild ancesters, think its only like 3 generations removed, forget exactly now. They do allow them in TICA, and those guys I have seen many times. They are loud, their cry does sound more like a wild cat, than a meow, they are very very very active, and they can be agressive to other pets. One of my friends has one, he is aggressive to the other kitties. But again, this is not to say, each and every Bengal is like that. Think of it as, if one is a scoccer mom, and is looking for a minivan, she wouldn't buy a ferrari.
Maine Coons and Ragdolls are very dog like. They have thick long fur, that requires daily grooming, to avoid matts, and they need the occassional bath, as Maine Coons tend towards greasy fur, so you would have to train the kitten to have a bath and blow dry. They like to be where you are, they follow you around like a dog, and altho they are very laid back, and very friendly, are not know to be lap cats. Ragdolls will even fetch. I never taught them this, Bump and Cruiser just do it. They even bring their toys to me to throw, just like a dog would.
Show prices I could tell you ballpark, but since you are not showing, breeders also have what is called pet quality. That just means, that the kitten does not have the confirmation requirements, or personality, to compete in shows. They are still breed kittens, and still eligable for registration, depending on if they have any qualities that prevent them from being registered. But they are at a much lower price, than the show kittens would be.
You want a breeder where the kittens have been raised around other pets and dogs, mine were, nothing at all phases them. Their breeder had other cats, dogs, kids, horses, and the household was sometimes pretty hectic. Thats what your looking for. Be honost, tell the breeder you have other cats and a dog, and the household can sometimes get chaotic. They will tell you, if they feel the kittens would be a good fit or not.
You want to buy from a responsible and reputable breeder. Look on the CFA Cattery of Excellence list, and also check the CFA Suspension List. Go to a few shows, and talk to the breeders. Most are very friendly, will let you handle the kittens, with the request you use hand sanatizer, and are very happy to ans your questions. Unless they are getting ready to go into a ring, or are waiting for a Final. Then they are a little harried, per say, and will just ask you to come back later. Don't take offense, they are there to show, and can sometimes get very busy, just come back later, when they are done with that ring, or go and watch that ring, you just can't talk to them, while the cat is in the ring.
You will get some great thoughts, suggestions and opinions from the others too, this always generates a great discussion. Best of luck, whichever breed you decide on.