It was a family decision when we consiously searching for the "right breed" for us and our family. The Ragdoll while considered a LH in shows, "should" be a medium length cat, showing a shorter coat in summer, with more length in winter. While I do KNOW there are Ragdolls that do not have the correct coat, but in general, and in most cases for me, my Ragdolls do not need groomed, except as showing affection, OR, if one needs a show bath and grooming.
I also don't feel most choose LH over SH or vice versa, unless they are wanting a certain look, but in our case it was breed traits that we wanted.
I don't believe any dog or cat NEEDS to be shaved unless neglected and matted, most dogs and cats have an undercoat that insulates them in the heat or the cold. I have (had) 2 Old English Sheepdogs, they both were long hair dogs, and I kept them in full length coat until I broke my wrist, and I did have to shave Annabelle, Jack had passed due to brain tumor. I didn't choose this breed for looks either, believe me, the grooming on an OES is a FULL-TIME job, but the traits in this breed for me, are exactly what we want.
In the case of Ragdolls, I like trying to make sure pet owners understand that a Ragdoll does shed, but typically doesn't matt and only needs minimal once a week grooming, but there are exceptions, as there are in any breed.
I also get the kittens used to bathing from an early age, which helps with show baths, we get the water nice and warm for their body temperature and it goes easy. Our oldest Ragdoll, gets in the shower with us or sits at the side of the bath hanging his feet in, if one is in having a bath. So, I don't feel I chose LH over SH but chose traits of a certain breed.
If I could have a Devon Rex or Bengal, (as an altered pet) with my Ragdolls, and I knew he/she would be happy, I would have a SH. I am in love with the looks and a lot of what I have read about the Devons. CJ loves the Bengals, as do I, I also think they are a beautiful cat. Ashlan wants an Exotic SH, and Joey just wants another Ragdoll.
I guess I am worried that if I get 1 as a pet, they are all going to want one as a pet, and we don't need that many, we can admire them all at the shows.
I love all cats purebred and not, but I as most are biased to my own breed. I try to explain traits of our breed, but I think some take these traits to the extreme, and so I try and play devils advocate and explain that Ragdolls are cats, and have unique traits to the breed, but there are always exceptions.