The Ragdoll is an American cat breed with a medium-length, silky, rabbit-like coat. It is best
known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name "Ragdoll" is
derived from the popular misconception that these cats go completely limp and relax when picked
up, more often than other cats. It's also a myth that Ragdolls are pain-resistant . Ragdolls
have a sturdy body with a large frame, proportionate legs, and a soft coat with Siamese-style
points. Adult cats can be 15-20 lbs. without being considered obese and a fatty pad under the
abdomen is typical. IT IS A MYTH THAT RAGDOLLS ARE HYPO ALLERGENIC. You may find you
have less of a reaction to a kitten but they produce much fewer of the proteins that cause an
allergic reaction, then an adult cat does.
MORE RAGDOLL MYTHS..........
** RAGDOLLS ARE NON-SHEDDING.........THAT'S UNTRUE! IF YOU SHAVE THEM INTO A
LION CUT THEN, YES, THEY ARE LOWER SHEDDING. TRUTH.....THE SHORTER THE
RAGDOLL COAT, THE LOWER THE SHEDDING. IF YOU LIKE THE SUPER FLUFFY RAGDOLLS,
BE PREPARED TO PAY THE PIPER SO TO SPEAK.
** RAGDOLLS ARE ALL LAP CATS.....ALSO FALSE! THEY HAVE A MEDIUM TO LONG HAIR
COAT AND TEND TO GET WARM FAIRLY QUICKLY. THEY WILL LAY RIGHT NEXT TO YOU
THOUGH. LOOK AT IT THIS WAY.....YOU MAY GO THROUGH FEWER FUR ROLLER THINGYS
FOR YOUR CLOTHES. I DO RECOMMEND HIGH QUALITY LEATHER FURNITURE THOUGH.
THE FUR CAN'T STICK TO IT AND, SINCE RAGDOLLS ARE PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THEIR
CLAWS IF THEY HAVE A SCRATCHING POST, YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT
SCRATCH MARKS. YES.....I HAVE LEATHER FURNITURE....THE COUCH IS CHEAP LEATHER
FROM ASHLEY FURNITURE AND SHOWS EVERY CLAW MARK FROM EVERY JUMP A CAT HAS
MADE. OUR LOVE SEAT AND CHAIR ARE HIGHER QUALITY AND NARY A SINGLE MARK!
STAY TUNED....I'M STILL WORKING ON THE MYTH SECTION. DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
ABOUT RAGDOLLS AND WANT AN HONEST ANSWER? EMAIL ME, I'LL GIVE IT TO YOU
STRAIGHT. I'D RATHER NOT SEND A KITTEN HOME WITH SOMEONE THEN HAVE TO
PICK THE KITTEN UP 2 YEARS LATER AT A SHELTER, ETC. SEE MY RESCUE PAGE FOR
AVAILABLE ADULT RESCUES. YUP!!! WE DO RAGDOLL RESCUES TOO!
READ ON FOR RAGDOLL HISTORY......IT'S RIVETING. (YES, I CUT AND PASTED IT!)
Ragdolls were first created in the 1960's by Ann Baker, a quirky Persian breeder in California.
Some of the original stock consisted of hardy, free-roaming street cats. Ms. Baker created the
foundations of the Ragdoll breed by selecting kittens out of Josephine, a semi-feral longhaired
white female Persian/Angora type, sired by several unknown male Birman-like or Burmese-like
cats, one with Siamese type markings. Out of those early litters came Blackie, an all black
Burmese-like male and Daddy Warbucks, a seal point with white feet. Daddy Warbucks sired the
founding bi-color female Fugianna, and Blackie sired Buckwheat, a dark brown/black Burmese-like
female. Both Fugianna and Buckwheat were daughters of Josephine. All Ragdoll and RagaMuffin
cats are descended from Ann Baker's cats through matings of Daddy Warbucks to Fugianna and
Buckwheat. By selecting individuals with the look and temperament she wanted for her breeding
program, Ann Baker created the standard Ragdoll type. Denny and Laura Dayton are credited with
bringing the Ragdoll breed to worldwide recognition by various cat registration organizations.
What is known is that this breed was selectively bred over many years for desirable traits, such
as large size, gentle demeanour, and a tendency to go limp when picked up, as well as the striking
pointed coloration. Non-pointed cats were excluded and later became the basis for a spin-off
breed, the RagaMuffin. Ann Baker's claims that her new breed had been genetically-modified by
scientists or aliens, as well as her strict control of the breeding programs of those who bred the
early Ragdolls, made her a controversial, if legendary, name in Ragdoll history.
10-20 lb (4.5-9 kg). Large size is one goal of professional Ragdoll breeders.
The Ragdoll cat typically has a very gentle and relaxed temperament. When socialized from birth
they are attentive and affectionate members of the family that enjoy and seek out human
companionship. Ragdoll cats remain playful throughout their lives, adjust well to children and pets
and are sometimes called "puppy-cats" because of their propensity to follow their owners from
room to room and meet them at the door. They are an intelligent breed and easily learn tricks like
Fetch or Beg, and to use a scratching post. Ragdoll cats are demurely vocal, careful with their
claws and teeth when in play, plus forgiving of accidental mistreatment. Because of their
non-defensive nature, a Ragdoll should never be allowed outdoors unattended.
Ragdolls require light grooming and great nutrition to give them an overall fluffy and healthy
appearance. Although it is a myth that Ragdolls do not shed, their coat is easier to manage than
many other long-haired breeds with just weekly combing to remove loose hairs and prevent mats.
Bathing is rarely needed but well-tolerated, as are nail-clippings and vet visits.
Ragdolls come in many different colors - seal, blue, flame, Tortie and "dilutes"; chocolate, lilac,
and cream. There are 3 different patterns: Pointed (nose, ears, tail and paws in the specific
colors), Mitted - white paws, chin and tummy, with or without a blaze (a white line on the face),
and Bicolor - white tall socks, white inverted 'V' on the face, white tummy and often white
patches or a "saddle" on the back.