The Ragdoll is a
of medium longhaired cat.
It is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature.
It is perhaps the gentlest and most easy-going of breeds. They are
non-aggressive to the point that many cats cannot or should not be let outside
for prolonged periods as many will not defend themselves and most do not hunt.
The name "Ragdoll" derived from the fact that many of these cats go completely
limp and relax when picked up. Ragdolls have a sturdy body, short legs, and a
thick coat with
The breed had its origin in
California in the 1960s with a cat named Josephine. Several wild and
scientifically impossible stories were put out by the colorful breed founder
regarding the origin and development of the Ragdoll breed, including
extraterrestrials, kittens' traits and personality being affected by the
mother's being hit by a car, and genetic alteration using human genes. None of
these legends are scientifically supportable.
What is known is that this breed was selectively bred over many years for
desirable traits, such as large size, docility, and ability to go limp in the
arms like a rag doll - hence the cat's name. There have been attempts to
establish several competing ragdoll-type cats, among them the
Most of these attempted breeds are not recognized as there is little difference
between them and the already-recognized Ragdolls, however the Ragamuffin is
recognized by some registries.
The Ragdoll is a large, semi-longhaired cat, exhibiting the pointed pattern
in three varieties: colorpoint, bicolor, and mitted. Coat colors can be seal,
blue, chocolate, and lilac point colors, either with or without markings on the
face and feet. In some associations, they are also available in nonstandard
colors, such as red (flame) and lynx point. Their
long coats need minimal care and do not usually become matted, however elderly
Ragdolls may require routine care similar to normal long-haired cats.
Ragdolls typically take up to 4 years to fully mature physically. An adult
male can weigh between 12 and 20 lb,
while the females can weigh between 10 and 15 lb.