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Country of origin
United States
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General Description

The Ragamuffin is a long-haired domestic cat similar in appearance to the Ragdoll. Ragamuffins are fairly large cats, queens weigh between 4.54 and 6.80 kg (10 to 15 lb) and toms weigh between 6.80 and 9.07 kg (15 to 20 lb). Each cat has a fatty pad on its lower abdomen and all are heavily boned.

Ragamuffins have plush, non-matting, soft fur which comes in many color varieties. The cats have very large expressive eyes.

They take longer to mature than most other cats, approximately 4 years to reach adulthood. Ragamuffins typically have long life spans in comparison to other domestic cats. They are a healthy robust feline with no recognized illnesses.


The Ragamuffin is one of the newest breeds of domestic cat. It was created in 1994. The exact development of this breed is cloudy and will likely remain a mystery. It was accepted in the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) miscellaneous class in 2003.

Mrs. Ann Baker

Many believe the Ragamuffin resulted from accidental breeding. Some accounts suggested Mrs. Baker started the breed in the 1960s with a Ragdoll cat named Josephine and a regular, non-pedigree cat. The kittens turned out so cute and so special; Mrs. Baker wanted to preserve their special qualities by breeding Josephine's offspring and by being the only person to breed and sell Ragamuffins. Mrs. Baker's restrictions created friction between herself and the other breeders, who ultimately, branched off on their own and pushed for the new registry with the CFA.

Color forms

This breed has several of the color formations that are present on Ragdolls, but also has a variety of different colors. Some colors include: all variations of pointed color, including Tortie Point, Red Point, and Lynx Point. It is said that Particolor and Mitted Ragamuffins are virtually identical to Ragadolls.


The Ragamuffin is described as a docile and affectionate cat. They are highly intelligent and love to play. Placid and loving have also been used to describe this feline. Because of their gentle nature, Ragamuffins are generally kept indoors for their own protection.

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