The breed was developed in California by Ann Baker in the mid 60s from a long-haired cat named Josephine and two other domestic cats. Several years into her breeding program, the cats that were pointed with blue eyes were pulled and these cats were the ancestors of today’s “traditional” Ragdolls. The breed quickly gained popularity and over the years, has firmly established itself and is now the second most popular breed worldwide.
GENETICS AND PHYSICAL TRAITS
Ragdolls are large, docile felines with oval, blue eyes and a sweet expression. Their medium-length coats have a soft texture similar to rabbit fur. Ragdolls are a pointed breed meaning ears, face, paws and tail are darker than their bodies. They mature slowly and do not gain full size until 3-4 years of age. Females weigh an average of 10-15 pounds while males grow to be 15-20 pounds.
PERSONALITY AND BEHAVIOR
Ragdolls are often referred to as “puppy cats” since they enjoy shadowing their human companions. They are social, friendly and intelligent and typically get along well with other pets and children. They remain playful well into adulthood making them fun and ideal pets.
GROOMING AND MAINTENANCE
Ragdolls do not have the undercoat typical of medium- to long-haired felines so are easy to maintain. They rarely mat and although they enjoy being groomed regularly, brushing once a week is generally sufficient to keep their coats looking healthy and luxurious.
The Ragdoll breed is ideal for families, singles, and seniors alike, thanks to their adaptable and affectionate nature. When you adopt a Ragdoll, you’re not just getting a pet; you’re bringing home a loving and loyal family member. If you seek an affectionate, family-oriented feline that is low-maintenance, look no further! The Ragdoll is your purr…..fect companion!!