The Ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes and a distinct colour point coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. Like all long haired cats, Ragdolls need grooming to ensure their fur does not mat. Developed by American breeder Ann Baker in the 1960s, it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name "Ragdoll" is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up. Ragdoll cats often are known as "dog-like cats" or "puppy-like cats" due to behaviors such as their tendency to follow people around, their ease at being physically handled, and their relative lack of aggression toward other pets
The laidback Ragdoll is perfectly suited to family life. He rarely extends his claws when playing. Males are an especially good choice for families with children because of their large size. Of course, you should always supervise young children to make sure they don’t torment the cat. And with a cat this size, it’s essential to teach children how to support the cat, with one arm beneath the front legs and one beneath the hind legs. Never hold a Ragdoll with the hind end hanging down. He is happy to live with other cats and cat-friendly dogs, too, thanks to his amiable disposition. Introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.
The Ragdoll is one of the Larger Domestic Cats with Males weighing from 14 to 20 pounds and Females weighing from 8 to 14 pounds. Although larger cats Ragdolls are gentle, docile and extremely sociable. They make wonderful companions for the young and old. They get their distinctive name Ragdoll from the ability to go limp while being cradled on their backs. I find this especially true of the kittens who love to be lavished with attention while in this position.
The traditional Ragdoll colors are Seal, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac. True Chocolate and Lilac are dilute versions of Seal and Blue. There are many shades of seal and Blue, often the lighter versions are mistaken as Chocolate and Lilac and thus registered as such. This is especially true of bi colors having no color on their nose or foot pads. The newer colors include Cream, Flame, Seal Torties and Blue Cream. Ragdolls come in "3" patterns. These are the Color Point, the Mitted and the Bicolor.
The color points are darker on the ears, face, legs and tail . The Mitted are darker on the ears, tail, face with the exception of two front legs having two white mitts and two white back legs. The bi colors are darker on the ears, tail, face with a white upside down V centered between the eyes, and the legs. Belly, chest and chin are white.
Another unique feature about the Ragdoll is even though long haired, they have a relatively non-matting, low maintenance coat. They love to be brushed but often need little grooming. It is almost like a rabbit type feel.