Ragdoll Breed

The Ragdoll has a very unique history in the world of cat fancy. The breed was developed in the 1960s by Ann Baker in Riverside, California. Ragdolls are descended from a pure white longhaired cat named Josephine. Baker insisted that Josephine’s genes had been altered during a hospital stay following a car accident, causing her kittens to be born extremely docile and loving. Many of these kittens would go limp when held, inspiring the Ragdoll name. In an unusual move, Baker developed a strict breeding program, set the breed standard, trademarked the name, and founded her own cat registry specifically for the breed. Ragdolls were recognized by outside registries starting in 1975.

The Ragdoll is known for its sweet and docile personality. They are affectionate and loving, and some have a tendency to go limp when held. They get along well with all members of the family, including children and animals. They enjoy being held and many of the breed will even allow their owners to dress them up! Their easy-going and adaptable temperament makes them an ideal member of a busy family. Ragdolls are not known for being active cats, though they do enjoy their own games and will happily play with others. Overall, they are simply sweet cats.

Despite their docile personality, the Ragdoll is a sturdy cat. They are large and muscular, with males who weigh from 15-20 pounds when fully developed, and females weighing 10-15 pounds. Their bodies are long, and boning is substantial. They have sweet faces with soft curves and transitions, and large, expressive, blue eyes.

Ragdolls are available in three patterns, colorpoint, bicolor, and mitted. Though they are all born white, they develop into a range of colors that includes seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, and lynx and tabby variations. Their coat has a soft and silky texture often compared to rabbit fur that is easy to maintain with combing and does not shed much.

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