Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
The ideal in any animal is for it to have straight legs, and stand square under the body, without the hind legs being cow hocked (hocks angled inward), or like your cat pigeon toed, and to have a free walk with the legs but flexible in the joints. Interesting enough the Ragdoll CFA=Cat Fanciers' Assoc. Show Standard does not mention cow hocked or pigeon toed but nor is there any penalty or disqualification assigned. The show standard for each breed is different in their description of the perfect specimen in regards to shape of the head, conformation, coat, color, etc.
Here is an excerpt from the CFA Ragdoll show standard:
LEGS: heavily boned, moderately long. Hind legs longer than
front. Shorter fur on front legs, longer fur on hind legs, with full,
PENALIZE: coat: thick undercoat, standing off from the body.
Eyes: small or round. Eye color: very pale blue; or blue so dark
as to appear black. Nose: roman nose. Body: cobby body low on
legs. Short tail; non-directional lump on tail.
DISQUALIFY: nose: any break.
Color: body and point color other than those listed; eyes other than blue.
Various: directional kink in tail. Crossed eyes. Extra toes
I used to breed Manx, and at that time the standard did disqualify for cow-hocked hind legs, now they don't but do mention that "the hind legs are straight when viewed from behind."
Today's Manx CFA Standard:
LEGS and FEET: heavily boned, forelegs short and set well apart
to emphasize the broad, deep chest. Hind legs much longer than
forelegs, with heavy, muscular thighs and substantial lower legs.
Longer hind legs cause the rump to be considerably higher than
the shoulders. Hind legs are straight when viewed from behind.
Paws are neat and round with five toes in front and four behind.
Under DISQUALIFY: one of the things is "evidence of weakness in the hindquarters." (among other things)
Under the CFA American Shorthair breed, under Legs....
LEGS: medium in length and bone, heavily muscled. Viewed from
rear, all four legs straight and parallel with paws facing forward.
I really don't think you have a "leg to stand on" to ask for a refund when nothing is mention about legs in the Ragdoll show standard--at least if he's registered in CFA. However, most judges do not like cow hocked legs in any breed or pigeon toed either.
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Last edited by catloverami; 08-22-2015 at 01:04 AM.