The Ragdoll is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world today. The cat breed is known for having awesome blue eyes and unique color-point coat. It’s also a semi-long hair cat with large expanse of muscles and soft coat.
The Ragdoll breed was developed by Ann Baker who was a famous American cat breeder. The history of the breed dates backs to early 1960s when a domestic long haired cat named “Josephine” was in vogue. Ann Baker discovered that Josephine had been a subject of genetic experiment secretly carried out by the then US government. The experiment actually made the cat docile and relaxed when picked up. It also increased the breed’s immunity to pain. Josephine produced high quality kittens from the genetic experiment. Ann Baker went ahead to purchase many of the kittens from the owners who wear actually living very close to her residence. She later developed her new breed, the Ragdoll from the kittens she purchased. Later on, the lady engineered several cat breeding associations. She developed Ragdoll as a promising trademark and also established the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA). She registered the Ragdoll brand and also protected it from intruders. Later on, several other cat associations sprang up from the IRCA. Many cat breeding clubs also sprang up from the IRCA. Today, Ragdoll is indeed a household name in the cat breeding industry.
Basic Physical Characteristics
- The Ragdoll is known for having sturdy body structure with large frame.
- The male Ragdoll is often bigger than the female. The weight range for the males is between 12 and 20 pounds while that of the females is between 8 and 15 pounds.
- The Ragdoll usually has blue eyes resulting from the point coloration genes.
- The Ragdoll cats showcase in 6 unique colors namely chocolate, seal, flame, lilac, cream and blue. Some of them have a combination of tortoiseshell pattern in their colors.
- Most Ragdoll kittens are usually born white. Their colors start showing between 8 and 10 weeks. They usually develop full colors within 3 to 4 years.
Ragdolls are known for having placid and docile temperament. The docile nature makes them resistant to pains. They are also very lovely. They are usually relaxed when picked up. They are very intelligent, gentle and easy to handle.
The Ragdolls do go limp when picked up. They are known for nonchalant attitude of getting near to dogs and moving vehicles. They end up getting hurt in the process.
In any case, the Ragdoll still remains one of the best domestic cat breeds in the world today. You can always be happy having such a cat breed at home.