- Breed Size:
- Height: 22-27 cm
- Weight: 4-9 kg
- Life Expectancy: 13-18 years
- Learning Rate: High
- Country of Origin: United States
Known for their silky white coat, the Ragdoll cats are a loving, gentle, intelligent cat breed. They are graceful and have a striking appearance. If you are looking for an amicable cat who loves cuddles, the Ragdoll cat is the one for you. Not just are they easygoing, they are also friendly towards anyone they meet. They are endowed with clean habits and good manners, making them the perfect cat for every family.
Amazingly patient cats, Ragdolls are large in size and are calm in disposition. They have a heavy bony structure with a square-sized body with muscles. Their head is proportionate to the body with a round muzzle where the cheekbones are prominent. Wide, medium-sized ears with large blue-colored eyes make them look prettier—medium-sized legs with round and large paws and a long tail.
Ragdolls have beautiful semi-long soft to touch hair, and you can find them either in color point, mitted, or bicolor. Generally, they are available in white, black, blue, cream, lilac, seal, chocolate, and red. They are very much docile and are often known for their meltdown in the arms of anyone who pets them.
Ragdolls are very loyal to their owners and loveable. They have emotions, showing how they would interact with you with their sweet voice and follow you up. They love nothing more than cuddling on the lap of their favorite humans. They like to play with toys and are pretty gentle towards kids and other pets and cats at home.
This kind of cat breed is not just beautiful inside out but is also fun to have around. You won’t find them conquering spaces and heights like other cats. They rather like staying low, especially floor level. But they do enjoy sitting on your lap or caring for a spot next to you on a sofa.
They are soft by nature and are sensitive. They are also vulnerable in most situations and often do not attack back in defend. Therefore when you take your cat out, make sure to keep them protected from other aggressive animals by putting your cat on a leash or in a cat cabin. Ragdolls also do not like being left alone. A few hours of staying alone is still okay, but it is good if you have someone to take care of your Ragdoll cat while you are away.
The Ragdoll cat is a recent development in the cat breed category. In the 1960s, a breeder named Ann Baker in Riverside, Calif, developed the breed, keeping in mind the non-aggressive and gentle nature that has to be imbibed into the breed. Bakers were careful in selecting cats with gentle and placid nature. They even have traits such as a long coat, large size, and docility in them. Siamese and Himalayan were used for the purpose, and later on, Burmese, Persian, and Birmans also contributed to the development.
Breeders who were associated with Baker distanced themselves with time and started breeding the beautiful Ragdoll. The Cat Fanciers Association registered the cat in 1993, and today we have this beautiful cat. It is apparent that the breed is not outcrossed with any other breed.