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Essence of the Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is a large, floppy, people loving, blue eyed and pointed cat, with a pleasant domestic head type with wide spaced ears and non extreme semi wedge shaped muzzle.
What is a Ragdoll?A fascinating cat, the Ragdoll from California enjoys great success and has a large following of breeders and owners. It is not the only cat breed to emigrate from California, but it is probably the best known and its unusual breed name causes interest wherever it is seen. In fact, the name Ragdoll was given by the original breeder Ann Baker in the 1960's and was so named for its captivating tendency to go limp like a child's toy when held in human arms.
The ancestors of today's Ragdoll breed are a bit of a mystery. It is believed they descended from a combination of three feral cats: a white semi- longhaired cat named Josephine; a seal point male with white feet called Daddy Warbucks and a black male called Blackie.
There has been much myth surrounding the origin of the breed. Every Ragdoll ancestry must be traceable back to Josephine.
Ragdolls are extremely huggable. Estimates of adult Ragdoll size range between 8 to 12 pounds (4-5kg)for females and 12 to 16 pounds (5-8kg) for males. Ragdolls are a large cat that reaches full maturity between the ages of three to four years.
Unfortunately myths still persist in some circles and cat owners have been mislead into believing that Ragdolls do not feel pain, do not cause allergies to those allergic to cats, cannot defend themselves and do not possess normal cat instincts such as hunting. All of the above are untrue. Ragdolls should be treated with the same care and respect bestowed upon all other breeds.
When all the fallacies are stripped away, the facts remain. The Ragdoll is a gentle, good natured and loving cat that possesses a unique and quiet charm which can quickly convert the most dedicated ailurophobe into a Ragdoll fan.The Ragdoll has a soft semi-long coat which does not require as regular a grooming as many other long-haired breeds. Ragdolls are born white and the color comes in slowly....although you can tell seal and blue anywhere from a few days to a week...you can't determine chocolate and lilac for 3-4 weeks. They have very good color by 8-12 weeks but they don't get their full color for about 2 years. 'Kim Patterson'
Ragdolls are available in the following:
bulletExamples below, click on image to see larger view, wait a few seconds and the image will appear, click and hold at the top clear panel to drag anywhere on the screen for a better view, click the X to close.
bulletPointed Colors: seal point, blue point, chocolate point, lilac point, red point, cream point, tortie point. More pictures coming soon!
Lilac versus Blue Point
Lilac Point and Blue
bulletThe coat patterns of the Ragdolls are: colorpoint, mitted, bicolor & lynx (tabby markings in one of the three previous patterns). The varying patterns may be bred in the above colors.
Seal Tortie Mitted
Seal Mitted w/Blaze
Seal Mitted w/Blaze
Seal Torbie Mitted
Seal Torbie Mitted
Seal Lynx Point Mitted w/Double Diamnond Blaze
Seal Lynx Point
w/Double Diamond Blaze Seal Tortie Mitted
Seal Tortie Mitted
Blue Lynx Point Bi-color
Photographer Jim Childs Blue mitted Blue mitted Blue Torbie
Blue Torbie Blue Mitted
Blue Mitted Blue Mitted Tortie
Blue Mitted Tortie
Chocolate Mitted w/Blaze Chocolate Lynx Mitted
Chocolate Lynx Mitted Chocolate Tortie Bi-color
Chocolate Tortie Bi-color
Lilac Bi-color Lynx
Special Needs Ragdolls
bulletPlease note: All Sales are between the individual private parties and not by Ragdoll International. Either parties may refuse or accept any offer or request.
The Special Ragdoll is a cat with a special need. These are not cats with contagious diseases, but rather cats who require accommodation. These are cats who will still make wonderful additions to a pet home. Please consider them!
If you would like to list your special needs ragdoll here, please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ragdoll Cat Breed
The Ragdoll cat breed was developed in 1960 by Ann Baker from California. The matriarch of the breed is said to be Josephine – a pure white longhaired cat. A seal mitted male cat named Daddy Warbucks was bred to a daughter of Josephine and her half sister. These cats are the foundation cats of the Ragdoll breed.
Ann Baker was quite an eccentric person and insisted that Josephine’s genes were altered whilst she was in hospital after being hit by a car. Kittens born before the accident were all “normal” and kittens born after the accident all had the personalities that Ragdoll cats are renowned for.
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Ann’s breeding program was made up of breeders that she contracted and as time went on, Ann’s eccentricities caused breeders to break away from her with these breeders continuing to develop the Ragdoll breed on their own.
Denny and Laura Dayton (two of the original breeders) were instrumental in getting the Ragdoll recognized by all the major registries such as TICA.
The Ragdoll cat breed is one of the largest cat breeds of the world. It can take up to 4 years to reach full maturity. Mature males weigh between 15-20 pounds and mature females weigh between 10-15 pounds.
These beautiful and fluffy cats have long bodies and sturdy boning. The eyes are large and their faces have a sweet expression that matches their personalities.
Ragdoll cat breeds Female seal mitted Ragdoll cat
The coat of the Ragdoll is medium length and has a soft, silky texture. The coat sheds little except in the spring and fall.
This large cat breed’s coat requires little grooming except for a weekly brushing to remove loose hairs and to prevent tangles.
During spring and fall (shedding seasons) pay extra attention to the coat to prevent mats and tangles.
The Ragdoll cat breed color ranges consist of chocolate, lilac, seal, blue, cinnamon, fawn, red and cream as well as tortoiseshell and tabby variations. All pointed Ragdolls have blue eyes and come in 3 patterns: colorpoint, bi-color and mitted.
Ragdoll cat breeds Blue-eyed Ragdoll male
Ragdoll cat breeds Ragdoll cat - photo by Jenny Rolls
Colorpoint Ragdolls have markings like SiaColorpoint Ragdolls have markings like Siamese cats with no white on their bodies.
Mitted Ragdoll cats have white feet with the back legs having white up to the hock and they might have a white blaze on the face.
Bi-color Ragdolls have more white higher up on their legs with white patches on the back and a white underside. They also have white on their faces.
Personality & Temperament
The Ragdoll cat breed is a quiet, relaxed and friendly cat. Just like a little girl’s ragdoll, these cats go limp in your arms when you pick them up for a cuddle.
Ragdoll cat breeds Lilac tortie-point Ragdoll cat
This is not a very active cat breed, although Ragdoll kittens and young adults are very boisterous. You might be able to entice an adult Ragdoll into a game with a crumpled piece of paper, but do not expect any serious gymnastics.
Ragdolls are very good with children and will even tolerate being dressed up! They are also good with other pets such as dogs.