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The Ragdoll cat, a semi-longhaired cat, is noted not only for its sturdy body, short legs, and thick and silky coat, but also its Siamese-style color points (that is, brown coloring on the ears, face, tail, or legs). They are a larger cat, with males weighing in at approximately 15 to 20 pounds, but the Ragdoll is definitely a gentle giant. Ragdolls come in 6 different colors - seal, chocolate, flame, and "dilutes" blue, lilac and cream. There are 3 different patterns: Pointed (nose, ears, tail and paws in the specific colors & no white), Mitted - white paws, chin and tummy, with or without a blaze (a white line on the face), and Bicolor - white tall socks, white inverted 'V' on the face, white tummy and often white patches on the back. Variations include a three-color "tortie-point" (mottled seal or blue with red present) and lynx (striped pattern on tail, face and points) which can be found in all 3 patterns.

What a Ragdoll is really known for is how it will go limp when held or picked up. The Ragdoll is an extremely placid breed. Their gentle and docile nature makes them a wonderful pet for families who are worried about child or infant safety. However, because the Ragdoll can be so docile, it's recommended to keep them as indoor cats because they will often not defend themselves.

The Ragdoll loves to be with people, and can be very affectionate and doting. The Ragdoll will often follow their owners around, or wait by the door for you to come out of a room. Because of their short legs, the Ragdoll is not very athletic, but it still loves to play, and will most certainly let you know when it's play time.

They were first bred in the 1960s by a Persian breeder in California. Bred specifically for their size and gentle demeanor, the Ragdoll's unique personality is the result of years of selective breeding.

Some of the original stock consisted of hardy, free-roaming street cats. Ms. Baker created the foundations of the Ragdoll breed by selecting kittens out of Josephine, a semi-feral longhaired white female Persian/Angora type, sired by several unknown male Birman-like or Burmese-like cats, one with Siamese type markings. Out of those early litters came Blackie, an all black Burmese-like male and Daddy Warbucks, a seal point with white feet. Daddy Warbucks sired the founding bi-color female Fugianna, and Blackie sired Buckwheat, a dark brown/black Burmese-like female. Both Fugianna and Buckwheat were daughters of Josephine. All Ragdoll and RagaMuffin cats are descended from Ann Baker's cats through matings of Daddy Warbucks to Fugianna and Buckwheat. By selecting individuals with the look and temperament she wanted for her breeding program, Ann Baker created the standard Ragdoll type.

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