Native Country United States Of America Other Names N/A Life Expectancy Up to 20 Years Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance The Ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes and a
distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair
cat with a soft and silky coat. Developed by American breeder Ann
Baker, it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and
affectionate nature. The name "Ragdoll" is derived from the tendency
of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and
relaxed when picked up.
Breed Description Head: Medium-sized, broad, slightly
wedge-shaped with rounded contours. Skull is flat between the ears.
Slightly rounded forehead. Well-developed cheeks. Rounded,
moderately long, well-developed muzzle. Nose with gentle break.
Well-developed chin. Eyes: Large, oval, slightly slanted. As intense a shade of blue
as possible, corresponding to coat color. Neck: Short and strong. Body: Large, long,
well-built. Broad, well-developed chest. Heavy, solid hindquarters.
Medium-boned. Paw: Moderately long, medium-boned. Hind legs slightly longer
than forelegs. Large, round, compact paws with tufts of hair between
the toes. Tail: Long, proportionate to the body, fairly thick at the
base, tapering slightly to the tip. Well-furnished and fluffy. Coat: Semilong, soft, silky hair lying flat against the body.
In motion, the hair separates into tufts. Very substantial ruff.
Four classic colors (seal, blue, chocolate, lilac). Three patterns
for coats with points: - colorpoint: body lighter in color than
extremities (points). - mitted or gloved: also with Siamese pattern,
but with gloves on the paws. White blaze on the nose. White chin. -
bicolor: colorpoint with white extending over the face in an
inverted V; four white paws. White chest and belly. Coloring is not
complete until the cat is two years old and darkens with age. Fault: Narrow head. Nose with a stop. Large or small, pointed
ears. Almond-shaped eyes. Neck too long or too slender. Stocky body.
Narrow chest. Short legs. Lack of interdigital hair. Short tail.
Short hair. Disqualify: white markings in the colorpoint; absence of
white chin in the mitted; dark markings on the white mask in the
bicolor. Eyes of a color other than blue.
History Big and floppy, like a ragdoll Around 1960 in
Riverside, east of Los Angeles, a white Turkish Angora type female
named Josephine was born in the home of Ms. Pennels. This cat was
crossed with a gloved Birman type tom named Daddy Warbucks. Their
litter sparked the interest of Ann Baker, who set about intense
inbreeding. Thus was created the so-called Ragdoll breed, named for
the way the cats typically relax completely, with low muscle tone.
The Ragdoll was approved in the United States in 1965. In 1971,
Baker founded the International Ragdoll Cat Association (I.R.C.A.).
In 1969, two Ragdolls from Baker's cattery were sent to Great
Britain. A British Ragdoll club was founded in 1987. The G.C.C.G.
recognized the breed in 1991, and the F.I.Fe. recognized it in 1992.
The Ragdoll arrived in Germany and France in 1985 and 1986,
respectively. In 1993, a French breed club was created. The Ragdoll
is quite uncommon outside the United States.
Behavior The Ragdoll's calmness and his debonair, docile
temperament make him a very pleasant companion. He does not tolerate
agitation and noise. Ragdolls are sociable, getting along well with
other cats and with dogs. Very affectionate and loving, they like
company and despise solitude. They adapt very well to apartment
life. They are not noisy. They do not reach full size until the age
of three or four. In terms of grooming, they require frequent
brushing and combing.
Health Ragdoll cats are a hearty breed that have very
few health problems. One common problem with Ragdoll cats is they
tend to have sensitive stomachs. This can result in frequent
vomiting when eating their food too fast or dealing with a hairball.