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About Ragdolls

Learn Your Breed... A little more Information on Ragdolls!!!

The Ragdoll is a large affectionate, semi-longhaired cat with captivating blue eyes. One of the largest breeds in the cat fancy, the Ragdoll gets along well with children and other pets, including dogs, often living up to its name as it gets carried around the house in a child's arms. These sturdy cats have no extreme features and blend easily in to the busy modern household.
History Ann Baker of Riverside, California developed the Ragdoll breed in the early 1960s. A pure white longhaired cat named Josephine is believed to be the matriarch of the breed along with a seal mitted male named Daddy Warbucks and a solid black cat named Blackie. Daddy Warbucks was bred to a daughter of Josephine named Buckwheat and her half sister, Fugianna. These cats are the foundation of the Ragdoll breed. Ann insisted Josephine's genes were altered at a nearby medical center where she was taken after being hit by a car. Litters born after her return from the hospital had the limp, loving personalities Ragdolls are known for, unlike her "normal" kittens born prior to her hospitalization. Baker's breeding program consisted of a handful of breeders contracted as franchises under her. As time went on, Baker became more eccentric and breeders broke away from her so they could continue to develop the highly affectionate and consistently patterned cats. Denny & Laura Dayton were among the breeders who distanced themselves from Baker and went on to play a major role in making the Ragdoll into a legitimate breed recognized by all the major registries.
Personality - The Ragdoll is a relaxed, happy cat and, like a child's ragdoll, many of these cats will go limp in your arms and flop like a stuffed doll when cuddled. Generally, the Ragdoll cat is a loving, quiet cat with a very laid back disposition. If you are looking for a very active cat or a talkative cat, a Ragdoll probably is not the breed for you, although kittens and young adults can be very rambunctious and most Ragdolls are always willing to play. Ragdolls are known for their tolerant attitudes with other animals and especially children and many will allow themselves to be dressed in doll clothes and carried around by children with absolutely no resistance. They are often compared to dogs because of their friendliness and intelligence and have even been taught to play fetch.
Traits - The Ragdoll's medium length, silky coat has a soft rabbit-like texture. There is little shedding of the coat except in the spring and fall. Its soft texture means it stays on top of surfaces and is easy to pick-up with a hand or damp cloth. All pointed Ragdolls have beautiful blue eyes and come in 3 patterns: colorpoint, bicolor, mitted. The Ragdoll color pallet consists of seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, red and cream along with the tortoiseshell and lynx (or tabby) variations. Colorpoint Ragdolls have classic markings like the Siamese with no white anywhere on the body; mitted Ragdolls have white feet in the front looking like mittens and white to the hock on the backlegs looking like boots along with a possible white blaze on the face; bi-color Ragdolls have more white extending higher up the legs than on the mitteds, splashes of white on the back, a white underside and an inverted white V on the face.
The Ragdoll is one of the largest of the cat breeds and takes up to 4 years to reach full maturity. Fully developed males weigh from 15-20 pounds with the proportionately smaller females weigh from 10-15 pounds. These gentle cats have long, substantial bodies with sturdy boning to match. They have a sweet expression emphasized by the large eyes full of love and devotion. Their features are composed of soft curves and transitions with nothing extreme or exaggerated.
The Ragdoll's plush, silky coat requires little routine grooming, although it should be brushed or combed weekly with a steel comb to remove dead hair from their coats and separate any tangles. During shedding season, be sure to watch for some tangles under the armpits.
(all this information is from the TICA website)

Ragdoll Coat differences

Traditional Ragdoll Coat

The traditional coat is thick and extremely plush. They are born with beautiful blue eyes.

What TICA recognizes:

Ragdolls will come in a few recognized colors. This includes seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, flame, cream, tortie and lynx(which is a variation of the other colors). Tortie has multiple different colors throughout her coat. Lynx has tabby markings.





Mid High-white Bicolor

High-white/van Bicolor

High Mitted

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Ragdoll Eyecolor Chart

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About Ragdolls | Kings Kitties? ›

History Ann Baker of Riverside, California developed the Ragdoll breed in the early 1960s. A pure white longhaired cat named Josephine is believed to be the matriarch of the breed along with a seal mitted male named Daddy Warbucks and a solid black cat named Blackie.

What is so special about Ragdoll cats? ›

Ragdoll cats have a relaxed and friendly personality, which make them ideal family pets. They enjoy being with humans and often seek out attention and strokes. Ragdolls are very wonderful companions as they are empathetic and in tune with human emotions.

What are the cons of having a Ragdoll cat? ›

Cons of Ragdoll Cats
  • Not hypoallergenic.
  • Prone to urinary and heart issues.
  • Purebred ragdolls are expensive to buy.
Nov 7, 2023

Do Ragdoll cats like to be held? ›

They don't mind being carried around or held like you would an actual rag doll. The master of being chill. Ragdoll cats love attention and affection so much they simply go limp when they are cradled happily in your loving arms.

What are the personality problems with Ragdoll cats? ›

The most common complaints Ragdoll parents express about their cats are that they: Become aggressive during play. Are high-maintenance and demanding. Aren't particularly streetwise in the great outdoors.

Do Ragdolls meow a lot? ›

Though Ragdolls are generally thought to be a quiet kind of cat, this doesn't mean they'll never meow—some may even be surprisingly verbose!

Is Ragdoll high maintenance? ›

Despite their longer fur, Ragdoll cats are relatively low maintenance. The Ragdoll cat's coat benefits from regular brushing with a steel comb to prevent tangles from forming and to minimize shedding. Ragdoll cats do shed, but they don't shed as much as breeds with thicker, wooly undercoats.

How much should you pay for a ragdoll kitten? ›

On average, the cost of adopting a Ragdoll cat can range from $50 to $200, while the cost of purchasing a purebred Ragdoll from a breeder can range from $400 to $2,500. Food: One of the most significant expenses for cat owners is food.

Why can't Ragdoll cats go outside? ›

Ragdolls are not used to the outdoors and can easily get lost or disoriented. Once outside familiar surroundings, Ragdolls are prone to panic and forget where they are.

Do Ragdolls scratch furniture? ›

Will my cat destroy my furniture? Ragdolls are not avid scratchers and if given appropriate scratching material, they rarely scratch anything else. It is in a cat's nature to scratch and it is important to provide appropriate scratching material for them.

Do Ragdolls have to sleep with you? ›

Love attention - can be more dog-like than other cat breeds in this respect. More dependent on human interaction. Ragdolls will likely want to be where you are so they'll follow you around and want to sleep on your bed with you. It's very sweet and endearing but if that's not what you want, don't choose a Ragdoll.

Where should Ragdolls sleep? ›

Ragdolls prefer to be with their people, whether that means following you from room to room, napping on your lap, or sleeping in your bed. Famous for their playful side, they like to chase, to fetch, and to be entertained.

Why are Ragdolls so expensive? ›

Ragdoll kittens are in high demand, which, unfortunately, raises the price. A reputable breeder can sell you a Ragdoll kitten for around $1,000, but show-quality Ragdoll kittens can cost over $2,000.

Are female or male Ragdolls better? ›

These cats have very similar personalities, it's just that the males are a little more upfront about it! Females are more even-tempered and gentler. They aren't going to grow as attached to individuals as males are, but there is still a strong bond between pet and owner. Females are a bit more submissive as well.

What are Ragdolls prone to? ›

The Ragdoll breed can be prone to: - Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively. - Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys.

Why does my Ragdoll bite me? ›

Cat's may also give you love bites to communicate that they want something, generally food or attention. While these light nibbles don't hurt, if these love bites become annoying after a while, simply ignore your cat while they're lightly nibbling you, and reward them with food or attention when they stop the behavior.

Why are Ragdolls so rare? ›

Are they rare? Yes, they are a rare cat breed. Ragdolls are harder to find than other cats because breeders require special expertise to develop their unique qualities. Obtaining a pure breed with no infections requires a great amount of time and money.

What two breeds make a Ragdoll cat? ›

The Ragdoll is effectively a man-made breed, created in the early 1960s by Anne Baker, a cat breeder in California. Anne used an Angora type cat, a seal mitted (white gloves and boots over a Siamese type colour) male and a solid black cat to produce her foundation Ragdolls.

Why are Ragdoll so expensive? ›

Ragdoll kittens are in high demand, which, unfortunately, raises the price. A reputable breeder can sell you a Ragdoll kitten for around $1,000, but show-quality Ragdoll kittens can cost over $2,000.

Are Ragdolls the nicest cats? ›

Recognised as one of the friendliest cat breeds, Ragdolls love nothing more than to spend time with their owner even if that means following you around when you're too busy for hugs.


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