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Ragdoll

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History

The history of the ragdoll begins in California in the early 1960s. A breeder called Ann Baker owned a female white longhaired cat named Josephine who is now considered the matriarch of the breed.

A solid black cat called Daddy Warbucks was mated to one of Josephine’s kittens called Buckwheat and her half sister called Fugiana. These breedings form the foundation of the Ragdoll breed.

Josephine was hit by a car and taken to a medical centre where Ann (the breeder) claims something incredible happened. Ann believes that Josephine’s genes were altered through these events because every subsequent litter that Josephine had came with the overly soppy Ragdoll temperament we know today.

Ann’s breeding program included a number of breeders who were contracted as part of her franchise. As time went on Ann became hard to work with and breeders started to move away from her to develop the breed by themselves. A couple called Denny and Laura Dayton who had originally worked with Baker now started to distance themselves but went on to play a key part in legitimising the Ragdoll breed.

Behaviour

The Ragdoll is famed for its docile and lap loving temperament. Ragdoll owners have reported that their cats are always happy as long as the attention is on them. This includes dressing them up, cuddling them and simply offering them a lap to curl up in.

Varieties

Ragdolls come in 6 different colors: red, seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, and cream. They can also come in four different patterns: lynx (similar to tabby), mitted, bicolour and pointed.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Place of Origin: USA
  • Rough date of Origin: 1960s
  • Hair length: Longhair
  • Activity Level: Low
  • Vocalness: Low
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Relaxed
  • Grooming Requirements: Everyday
  • Weight: 4.5 - 9.0kg
  • Size: Large
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
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Artimis our beautiful Ragdoll -

He is now 4yrs old he is a house cat and adorable but he hates strangers and hides He has a loving affectionate nature and loves you fussing over him which is great as his fur is so soft He is very playful and when he runs he looks like prancer the way his legs move He is still a baby at heart never scratching or biting us so an ideal pet with children