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When you refer to the Ragdoll, you think of its deep blue expressive eyes, medium long fluffy fur and its intoxicatingly docile nature. This teddy bear of the feline world has one of the best mannerisms of all the cat breeds. In general they live about 10 or more years. These are big, heavy cat, with a large broad chest, weighing between 10 to 20 pounds are slow to mature. The average Ragdoll takes almost 3 years to mature physically, and maintain their kitten like playfulness way into adulthood and even old age. The breeds coat is medium long and plush with long fur around the neck and hindquarters. They come in four pointed (one color darkening at the extremities) colors: Seal, chocolate, blue and lilac; and three divisions: solid, mitted (paws are white), and bicolor. Like the Siamese and Himalayan cat, Ragdolls are born white and as they age they develops color; their color deepening the older they get. Unlike most cats, the Ragdolls’ preferred place is not tucked away in some nook or up high out of the way; they prefer the company of their humans, following them around the house or resting comfortably in their lap.


Genetically speaking, the Ragdoll is a mere kitten on the Tree of Life that bares the fruit of all domestic feline species. In the 1960s in Riverside California, a white longhaired domestic cat (Persian/Angora) named Josephine sired litters with several unknown cats of Birman or Burmese origins, one having the Siamese pointed coloration trait. From the initial litter a kittens, a kitten with the tendency to go limp when picked up was born. It’s calm, relaxed temperament along with its loving; affectionate nature did not go unnoticed. When following litters produced kittens exhibiting more of these same traits, Ann Baker, a breeder and neighbor, to Josephine and her kitten brought some of those kittens possessing the characteristics that she felt made them special and set forth to selectively breed the ragdoll we idolize today. In 1971, Baker set up her own registry, the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA) trademarking the Ragdoll name and shunning traditional cat breeding associations. The IRCA enforced strict standards on anyone wanting to either breed or sell the cats under the “Ragdoll” name; the breed was not allowed to register in other breed organizations. The trademark, which expired as of 2005, enabled Baker and the IRCA to licensing fees and a 10% royalty fee for every kitten that was sold.  Another stipulation required of ragdoll breeders, was that they needed the approval of Ann Baker in order to register or showcase there IRCA Ragdolls with other cat associations. The restrictions that were upheld by the International Ragdoll Cat Association left many members dissatisfied, prompting them to leave and form the Ragdoll Society in 1975. The group then changed their name to the Ragdoll Fanciers’ Club International (RFCI), with other groups to follow, advancing the breed to championship status in every major cat association event, even winning championship in Cat Fanciers Association in 2000.


Many cat breeds tend to be independent loners, often forming a bond with one family member and being indifferent or even irritated toward the rest. Ragdolls are said to have one of the best temperaments among domestic cats. Its precondition to go completely limp when held is a testament to their docile nature. But to say that they are calm is not to say that they’re an inactive bunch, they love to play and are easily trainable. Because of its laidback easy-going demeanor, Ragdolls are often seen dressed in kitty clothes, chilling out on its owners shoulder in a cat carrier, or lounging about being pushed around in a stroller. They don’t usually extend their claws when they play which makes them great pets for families with kids, though young children should always be supervised when playing with pets. Due to the Ragdolls smooth disposition, they don’t mind sharing their home with other pets. This breed does tend to shed so it’s necessary to comb them a couple of times a week to remove matted fur and tangles. 


Ragdolls are generally healthy, however bladder stones and hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (a common heart disease in pets). They also suffer from urinary issues, due to kidney and ureter problems. Ragdoll kittens can have rapid growth spurts and it’s important to feed them sufficiently, as not to stunt their growth.

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