Ragdoll cats are an unusual breed and are known for their extremely gentle nature, particularly when held. It has become one the most popular breeds in Britain and North America in recent years.
ORIGINThe breed developed in the USA in the 1960s, when American Persian-cat breeder, Ann Baker began producing cats from a white Persian cat that was injured in a road accident, with a Birman. They produced extraordinarily placid kittens that became limp when they were handled. Ann Baker selected individual kittens that had the look and termperament she wanted for her breeding program. Other breeders selectively bred for desirable traits over many years, such as large size, gentle demeanour and a tendency to go limp when picked up. The breed was recognized in Britain in 1990 and 2000 in the USA.
APPEARANCERagdoll cats are long-haired with a dense, silky and flowing coat.
There are three possible coat patterns - Siamese-style points, a mitted pattern (white paws, chin and tummy) and bicolor (white socks, white inverted ‘V’ on the face, white tummy and possibly white patches on the back). They appear in six different colors – seal, blue, lilac, cream, chocolate and red.
Ragdoll kittens are usually white when born, and do not show full color for about 18 months.
They have a sturdy body, short legs and a thick coat.