Ragdoll Cat Breed Information

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Ragdoll Cat Breed Introduction

Ragdoll Cats

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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. 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.

Ragdoll Behavior/Personality

Source: Source: Cat Fanciers Association Breed Profile

The Ragdoll cat breed is yet another breed developed in the United States in the latter decades of the twentieth century, as breeders found a non-pedigree cat they found attractive and perpetuated the desired qualities through selective breeding.

Ragdoll Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Ragdoll breed based on information in the Cat Fanciers Associations' Breed Standard.

  • Head: triangle-shaped
  • Ears: medium-size
  • Eyes: large, oval-shaped and bright blue
  • Body: large, long, broad
  • Legs: heavy-boned and fairly long, with the back legs longer than the front
  • Paws: large, round, and feathery
  • Tail: long, plumed
  • Coat: moderately long, flowing

Ragdoll History

Source: Cat Fanciers Association Breed Profile and Wikipedia (March 2006)

Ragdoll cats were developed in the 1960s in California by the breeder Ann Baker. The breed began with a cross between Josephine, a longhaired white Siamese-marked female cat, and other longhair cats with white Siamese cat markings. Ann Baker selectively bred the cats and created the breed standard herself. Other breeders wanted to develop the breed without Ann Baker, and eventually created an offshoot breed, the Ragamuffin, in the 1990s. The Ragamuffin substantially resembles the Ragdoll.

Ann Baker reportedly tried to create a number of legendary explanations for the breed which have not withstood scientific scrutiny. Among the legends attributed to Ann Baker are that aliens from outer space played a roll in the breed's development and also that the cat breed contains some human genes.

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