The Ragdoll cat is easily one of the largest domestic cat breeds, and although size is what they are best known for they have a whole lot more to offer.
Ragdoll cats are so loose, docile and relaxed that they not only look like ragdolls when held, but revel in being handle and craddled like a baby.
The floppy quality is very appealing and they are named for this unique way of ”going limp” when lifted up. These huge and fluffy cats will totally relax while being held, and loll over the side of your arm like their name says- a “ragdoll”.
The stuning blue eyes, beautiful coloring, plush coat, impressive size and loving personality combine to make one big and exceptional package.
Ragdolls are absolutely wonderful pet cats, laid-back, gorgeous and ready for a cuddle any time you are. Their ease with, and love of children is legendary and their big hearts are just par for the course.
Developed in the 1960’s by crossing the Birman cat with Persian-types and mixing in a little of the Burmese cat, the breeder, Anne Baker, then concentrated on personality and glorious size.
RAGDOLL CAT PERSONALITY
Inside the Ragdoll cat is a character as unique and impressive as the outside. A perfect pet, and a spectacularly beautiful animal.
The Ragdoll cat personality is as vital a part of this cat as its stunning appearance.
These cats were designed for domestic life, lolling on the couch, chasing a toy, being carted about in the stroller by your 3 year old.
Probably the best cat a family with children could ask for. Large enough to handle an occasional mishap, loving enough to forgive spilled juice, and calm enough not to shy away after a tail is tugged, they are very friendly, very mellow and very gentle.
The Ragdoll cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world’s largest cat organization. It is a relatively popular pure-bred or “pedigreed” domestic cat breed.
These cats are probably the most laid-back breed available. They are sweet, affectionate and love being hugged and handled.
They have very little natural aggression and often will not defend themselves against other animals, so, despite their great size, this is a cat that is safest indoors and does just fine, even in small apartments.
This is a special breed that is hard to compare to others, you just have to meet one.
The Ragdoll cat comes in three patterns,pointed, pointed with white mitts, or parti-color, which always has a unique v-shaped white marking on the forehead.
Ragdolls should always have blue eyes. The coat is soft and semi-long with a limited undercoat which results in less sheddingand less matting than many other long-haired cats.
Moderate grooming is still desired, but not as critical. These are big, bulky-sized cats that have few breed-related health issues. Because it is amazingly sweet and desires interaction the Ragdoll cat is a superb family cat that loves considerate children, mild-mannered dogs and other cats.
They form strong bonds and truly enjoy being close. They don’t like to be left alone and can get a little depressed without some company. -Ragdoll Cat Facts
Ragdoll kittens are born pure white. At about 10 days old their coloring begins to develop and by 6 weeks the markings are fairly clear.
They are clumsy, playful, rambunctious and adorable kittens that play hard and then absolutely collapse with exhaustion. Sleep is important for growing ragdolls, and proper nutrition is critical as well.
Kitten-proofing is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing any kitten.
High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under counters and doors should be blocked off as they have a very strong urge to explore.
It takes about 6 weeks for the coloring to be clear, but it takes another 3 years for these cats to grow to full size. They take a very long time to mature into such magnificent beasts.
Ragdoll cats are very popular and often available and if you’re looking for a pure bred Ragdoll kitten to buy you may not have to search long to find a Ragdoll cat breeder.
RAGDOLL CAT BREED STANDARD
Head Shape: The head is large and well-formed, as wide as it is long, well rounded and proportionate to body size. The nose should be neither broad nor pointed, and in proportion with the rest of the head. Medium size ears, slightly rounded at the tip, and broad at the base. Eyes are large, wide and bright blue in color.
Body and Tail: The body is large and long, equally as wide at the hips as at the shoulders. Legs are long and heavily boned, with large round feet. Feet and legs are feathered. The tail is long and well-furred, like a huge plume.
Coat: The coat should be medium to long, plush and soft, standing well away from the body.
Pattern: Points on the mask, tail, ears and legs should be the same shade and well defined. They should all be of the same shade. The most desirable white face marking is in the shape of an inverted “V” from muzzle to forehead. Ideally, all four feet should be solid white with clear edges, and darker points separating the white foot color from the lighter body color, whether the cat has just white paws, or the white extends up the legs as a “stocking”.
Overall Appearance: This should be a very large, tall, impressive cat, with a large round head and brilliant blue eyes. Full coat, large bones, and a relaxed, happy attitude complete the package.
A FEW MORE RAGDOLL CAT FACTS
- It is said that the Birman Cat gets it’s white paws from walking in the sacred temples of Burma where the high priests selectively bred them for beauty and size. Blue eyes, full coat and white mittens are a must!