Ragdoll History: Ragdolls were developed in the 1960’s by Ann Baker ; a breeder in California. She bred Josephine, a loving, gentle, longhaired white female carrying Siamese (pointed) markings, to other longhaired cats carrying Siamese markings. Her original stock consisted of sturdy, free-roaming cats. By selecting individuals with the look she wanted for her breeding program, she created the type standard for the Ragdoll.
Ragdolls are easily described as a large, pointed cat with blue eyes. Ragdoll males average 14-18 pounds, although it is not uncommon for
altered male to reach 20 pounds or more. Ragdoll females are proportionately
usually averaging 9-13 pounds. The Ragdoll is a slow maturing breed.
Ragdoll kittens are born pure white and can take up to two weeks before
accurate color and pattern can be determined. Ragdolls will grow very slowly
and take up to 3-4 years to reach full
color and weight maturity.
Ragdolls are a pointed cat meaning they have a darker color on their
ears, tail, legs, and mask with a lighter shade of the same color to the
rest of their bodies. Traditional Ragdoll colors are Blue (slate gray) and
Seal (dark brown).
Non-traditional or “new” colors are Lilac, Chocolate,
Red, and Cream. All colors can
Ragdoll Patterns: Ragdolls come in three beautiful distinct patterns which come in all colors. See our Colors and Patterns Page for more details and pictures!
is your basic pointed cat.
Colorpoints have darker point colors on their ears, tail, legs,
and mask with a lighter
variation of the same color to their body. Colorpoint Ragdolls
white on them.
Mitted: The Mitted Ragdoll has all the basics of the Colorpoint but with a little
The Bicolor Ragdoll is the flashiest of
three patterns. Bicolor meaning two colors
have darker points to their ears,
tail, and mask with their backs displaying a “saddle” with a lighter
of the same color. The Bicolor has an inverted white “V” of
varying heights and widths inside of the mask on their face. Their chins, chest, front and back legs, and belly
are mostly or all white.
***Where as each pattern is described with the ideal Ragdoll markings in mind some Ragdolls may have less than perfect markings which may disqualify or penalize them in the show hall. These Ragdolls are considered “Pet Quality” and will be altered.Ragdolls with perfect or near perfect markings that come as close as possible to meeting the Ragdoll standards as described by the different cat associations (CFA, TICA, ACFA, etc.) are considered “Show Quality”. These Ragdolls will also be altered however will be given showing rights. On occasion we offer "Breeding Quality" Ragdolls to registered Ragdoll catteries only.
Ragdoll Grooming: The Ragdoll coat is medium to long
in length and is
soft, silky, and almost bunny-like in texture. Their coat
is low shedding, almost non-matting, and very easily maintained. It is
recommended to comb your Ragdoll at least
once a week, with an increase to
at least twice a week during the shedding seasons
(1-2 weeks during spring
and fall). We also recommend a type of coat conditioner
(such as Miracle Coat) when you comb. It
helps keep the coat moisturized, soft, and smelling great! You also should
practice regular nail trimming from the time your kitten is very young. At
least twice a month is recommended. Although Ragdolls are not
cats and prefer to use a scratching post this will help prevent any
undesirable accidental clawing incidents.
Ragdoll Temperament and Characteristics:
reasons the Ragdoll has become so well known is for its relaxed
and easy going
temperament. Ragdolls are a trusting and loving cat. They are
highly domesticated and
many do not posses the “fight” instinct nor do they
use their claws for self defense.
For these reasons the Ragdoll must be a
strictly indoor cat! The relaxed, trusting nature of the cat is also why a
lot of Ragdolls posses the ability to go limp or floppy when picked up. They
lie relaxed and almost motionless in your arms like a child’s
hence their name.
***Although the temperaments and characteristics described are true to the