Frequently Asked Questions About Ragdoll Cats

History of Ragdoll Cats

Seal Point Bi-color Ragdoll Cat

Ragdolls were established in the early 1960's in North America and later made their way to the UK. The original breed was made up of a white domestic long-haired Persian/Angora cross and Birman. There has been other breeds added to the mix since their inception to enhance the variations in color, patterns, temperament and size. Ragdolls did have difficulty becoming a recognized breed in their early years but cat fanciers have change the way that the various feline association throughout the world view them now.

Characteristics of Ragdoll Cats

Blue Point Ragdoll Cat

Ragdolls are one the largest domestic feline breeds. Males range between 12-20lbs. (5.4-9.1kg.) while females range between 8-15lbs. (3.6-6.8kgs.). Ragdolls come in six different colors which are seal, chocolate, flame, lilac, blue and cream with four pattern variations which are pointed, mitted, bi-color and lynx. Their colors come in by 12 weeks old and reach their true color by 3-4 years old. The blue eye color varies depending on the gene pool.

Temperament of Ragdoll Cats

Chocolate Point Ragdoll Kitten

The name ragdoll was used to describe the limp reaction occurred when picked up. The gentle affectionate nature of the early breed was often mistaken for being docile. Actually ragdolls are quite intelligent and trainable. Their nature is very much like a dog and they require more attention than most cat breeds. Ragdoll cats should have a playmate because they don't fair well when left alone for long periods of time.