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.