Ragdoll Cat Breed - Short HistoryThe breed was developed in the 1960s by Anne Baker. Interestingly, the origin of the Ragdoll cat does not consist of specialized cat breeds with either long hair or a special type of temperament. In fact, Ann Baker created the breed from free-roaming cats.
Where does the name "Ragdoll" come from?The famous name comes from this cat breed's tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up. This is one of the best-known features of this type of cat.Ann Baker has trademarked the breed name "Ragdoll" and she set up her own breed registry, the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA). She urged breeders to meet very specific standards in order to qualify.
The Main Profile of the Ragdoll Breed**Please know that after having this website for 11 years, I have learned the importance of stressing that BREED STEREOTYPES can be deceiving. DO NOT EXPECT that if you adopt a Ragdoll kitten that it will fit the breed description. Every cat is a living soul, which means they will have a different personality and may or may not possess some or all of the qualities of the breed. Everybody knows Ragdoll cats because of their floppy personality and their gorgeous blue eyes, but that is only one of their amazing features. These are the main features of the Ragdoll cat breed:
- Large cat breed - Comparable to the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Maine Coon, the Egyptian Mau, or the American Bobtail, Ragdoll cats are truly large. Males go up to 20 pounds, while females may vary from 10 to 15 pounds. This makes it one of the largest cat breeds in the world.
- Semi-long-haired cat - Ragdolls have a soft semi-long coat, which makes them easier to groom than other long-haired cats. They do not have an undercoat, which is very important because this is where the excessive shedding usually comes from in other cat breeds.
The Personality of a Ragdoll CatAside from the Ragdoll effect mentioned above, these cats have many more traits that build up to their wonderful personality. Here are only a few things that make Raggies so great:
- Ragdolls are extremely sociable with humans - both their masters and other people.
- Ragdolls are very close to their masters, but they are not pushy.
- Ragdolls show their love through constant proximity to their masters.
- Ragdolls are very playful cats.
Are Ragdolls good with children?Ragdolls are some of the best cats for families with children because of their floppy, laid-back personalities. These cats are patient enough to interact with children and, most importantly, they will not become violent with them.
Are Ragdolls good with other cats?Introducing a new cat in the household is a complex process in itself, but with Ragdolls it should at least a little bit easier because they are docile and sociable. If introduced properly, Raggies should get along well with other cats.
Are Ragdolls good with dogs?Ragdolls are actually some of the few cat breeds that get along with cat-friendly dogs. It is highly recommended that at least one of the animals be of younger age, that they are introduced gradually and kept under constant surveillance, at least at first, but getting a Raggie to befriend a dog is certainly possible.
Ragdoll Color PatternsAll Ragdoll cats are born white, but as they grow, they develop a wide variety of colors and patterns. They are colorpointed cats, which means that their bodies are lighter in color than their extremities. The color options are:
- Blue - the body of the cat is very light gray and the extremities are a darker shade of gray - various color patterns.
- Seal - the body is creamy white and the extremities are a very dark shade of brown.
- Chocolate - a combination of a light-colored body and light brown extremities.
- Lilac - the body is very light in color and the extremities are gray and cream-colored.
- Cream - a combination of an ivory-colored body and creamy extremities.
- Flame - the body is very light in color and the extremities are red or orange.
- Black - this is an upcoming color variation for Ragdolls, as it is yet to be accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA), but they do come in black as well.