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About Ragdolls

Get to know the gorgeous breed of Ragdolls and why they make a wonderful pet and a loving companion!

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What are Ragdolls?

About the Breed.

Ragdoll cats are a unique and beloved breed known for their gentle temperament and affectionate nature.

Originating in California in the 1960s, the breed was created by a woman named Ann Baker who bred a long-haired white Angora cat named Josephine with a Birman-like male cat. The resulting kittens had striking blue eyes and a gentle, floppy nature that gave them the name “ragdoll.” Ragdolls are known for their relaxed and placid temperament, often going limp in their owner’s arms like a ragdoll. Their genuine love for affection and snuggling is just one of the many reasons why Ragdolls make a lovely pet.

Ragdolls are typically friendly, social, and very gentle, making them a perfect choice for families with kids and other animals. Some even note that they are “dog-like” in their behaviour, as they enjoy their owner’s company and can even be trained to walk on a leash and perform tricks.

Besides their beautiful eyes, Ragdoll cats are known for their soft and plush coat that is a defining characteristic of the breed.

Their fur is medium to long in length and has a silky texture, which makes it easy to groom and maintain. Unlike many other long-haired breeds, Ragdoll cats have no undercoat, which means that their fur is less prone to matting and tangling.

Their coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns, including pointed, mitted, bicolor, and lynx. Ragdoll kittens are born white, with their unique coloring developing even until 3 to 4 years of age. The darker colors appear on the face, ears, legs, and tail, while the body usually remains in a lighter shade.

Ragdolls shed moderately, and regular brushing can help keep their coat healthy and tangle-free.

When compared to other breeds, Ragdoll cats are known for their large size and can even weigh up to 10 kg. It is important to note that Ragdolls continue to grow until they are 3-4 years old, so their development occurs more slowly than that of other cats.

Gentle With Children

Ragdolls have a calm and docile demeanor, making them ideal for households with small children or other pets.

Affectionate

This cat breed is known for their loving and cuddly nature, making them excellent companions for those seeking an affectionate pet.

Intelligent

These cats are quick learners and can be taught to do tricks or even walk on a leash, making them an engaging and interactive pet.

Playful

Despite their relaxed personality, Ragdolls love to play and are often seen as being “dog-like” in their behavior when interacting with people.

Loyal & Social

They form strong bonds with their owners, always wanting to be close by; besides, they simply love to be around people, even if they are strangers.

Healthy Genetics

Ragdolls are generally a healthy breed and are not prone to many of the genetic disorders that can affect other cat breeds.

Adaptable

Ragdolls are known for their easy-going nature and can adapt well to different living environments, including small apartments.

Low-Maintenance Fur

Ragdolls have no undercoat, so they shed less than other breeds, meaning that they require minimal grooming compared to other longhaired breeds.

Quiet

Although these cats are considered social, they have a soft and gentle meow, making them a good choice for those who prefer a quieter pet.

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