The Ragdolls were first bred in Riverside California by a lady named Ann Baker, in the 1960's by using her domestic long haired white female Josephine who had the concealed genes of either a seal mitted or black tuxedo patterns. She then bred Josephine to various longhaired cats from around the neighborhood to get the colors she wanted.
She also chose only the cats with the most gentle, docile personalities who were large in size, with long beautiful Himalayan patterns and points of color as seen on Siamese cats. These resulted in the cats she named Ragdolls for their ways of flopping happily when held in your arms when picked up. Persians, Birmans, and Burmese were later used to contribute to the Ragdolls development.
The Ragdolls were fully recognized in 2000 yet started to be registered by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1993. They are registered by the American Cat Fancier Association and International Cat Association.
Ragdolls are known for loving people, love to lie on their backs for tummy rubs and will greet you at the door like a dog. They are classified as the Dog of the Cat World. They can also be trained to fetch like a dog and to do various tricks. They even will follow you around the house like a dog.
They are fabulous companion cats and great for first-time cat owners. They are also great for people who have other pets because of their calm demeanors.
The Ragdolls are medium to large cats, females weighing from 9 to 15 pounds and males from 12 to 25+ pounds. The cats will go through several growth spurts until the age of 4 years old. They are large boned, solid powerful cats.
They are docile, lovable, friendly, dog-like, giants, with above average intelligence. They are fast learners. They are known for their great manners and gentleness with children.
The Ragdoll's fur feels like silken wool, soft like a rabbit, needing little maintenance; however, they need and love to be brushed as they do shed and this helps keep it to a minimum. They do have a little undercoat which doesn't mat, however, to keep their coat looking good they should be brushed regularly.
They are also color pointed meaning that their face, tails, ears, and legs are darker than their bodies. Color points could be Seal, Blues, Lilacs, Cream, Lynx, and mink which are rare.
These cats have low health issues, yet heart problems can occur but rarely.
These are quiet and playful cats, yet calm enough for children to play with. Since these cats are so friendly and docile, it is not advised to let them outside, without complete supervision, as they will not defend themselves and would be susceptible to predators.
The cats are also listed as being one of the top 10 family cats, and with their angelic looks and beautiful temperaments, it is hard not to love them. They are addicting!
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