The Ragdoll is a truly remarkable cat that absolutely loves their human companions and want to spend time with them. They quite often greet you at the door when you come home and it is not uncommon for them to follow you all over the house, even to the bathroom. If they have been asleep and wake up they will often call looking for you. They can be taught to walk on a harness, to fetch and even beg.
Ragdolls were first bred in the 1960s by Ann Baker, a Persian breeder in California. Some of the original stock consisted of sturdy, free-roaming cats. It is thought she 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-colour female Fugianna, and Blackie sired Buckwheat, a dark brown/black Burmese-like female. Both Fugianna and Buckwheat were daughters of Josephine. All Ragdoll 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. Denny and Laura Dayton are credited with bringing the Ragdoll breed to worldwide recognition by various cat registration organizations. What is known is that this breed was selectively bred over many years for desirable traits, such as large size, gentle demeanour, and a tendency to go limp when picked up.
The Ragdoll has a very gentle and relaxed temperament. If socialized correctly from birth they will be very friendly members of the family, that are very welcoming to strangers and love being held and snuggled by people of all ages. They are an ideal pet for young children as they tolerate and appreciate lots of hugs and kisses, and can withstand a young child’s exploration and behavior toward them. They are suitable for all ages whether young or old.
Colours and Patterns
The Ragdoll comes in a number of colour and pattern combinations. The following guide will give you a good understanding of each variety.