origins and development of the Ragdoll is difficult to establish
and there are a lot of myths out there. The Ragdolls were
originated by Ann Baker a breeder in Riverside, California.
It was in early 1960 that the breed was created. It is believed
that a white Persian Angora named Josephine with outcrossings
to Birman and Burmese cats started it all.
Ann Baker advertised widely and mailed fliers promoting
the breed to cat lovers nationwide. Early publicity spread
and the breed quickly became an object of controversy. Bakers
breeding program consisted of a handful of breeders contracted
under her. She was paid a royalty fee for every kitten sold.
As time went on, Ann Baker's statements and claims about
the became strange, supernatural and very hard to believe.
She publicized statements outlining how Ragdoll cats have
human genes in them and that they are immune to pain and
represent a link between us and space aliens
breeders who were once loyal to her, were now having doubts
about how to develop the breed, without losing integrity
that these wonderful cats deserve. Because of this, several
breeders broke off from Ann Baker and continued breeding
Ragdolls for what they are.....highly affectionate and loving
Denny Dayton was an instrumental figure in the history and
development of the breed. After he broke away from Ann Baker,
he fought hard to make the breed legitimate and acceptable
by Cat Fanciers standards. Denny Dayton succeeded and in
1967, the Ragdoll breed was first recognized in the United
Dayton is the originator of RFCI (Ragdoll Fanciers Club
International) the most reputable and highly respected Ragdoll
cat registry in the world. Dayton also worked very hard
to get the breed recognized by TICA. Ann Baker went on with
her breeding program but her stand, relative to the breed's
growth and acceptance, was that of anger and bitterness.
In 1971 she created her own cat registry association known
as IRCA (International Ragdoll Cat Association). Since then,
she has been in bitter debate about how only her Ragdolls
are legitimate and the rest are fake. Very few breeders
are still working under her in the United States. Cat registered
by IRCA are not recognized by ANY cat shows
ragdoll is a firm, large cat with a medium boned, muscular
body. It comes in three different varieties; colourpoint,
mitted and bicolour and four different colors; seal (n),
blue (a), choclate (b) and lilac (c).
Medium sized head with a broad modified wedge and a flat
plane between the ears. The nose should have a slight curve
in the upper third. Well developed cheeks, chin and nose
Medium-sized ears that are broad at the base and have rounded
tips. The ears are wide set and tilt slightly forward.
The eyes are big, oval and allways blue.
The body is long, medium boned and muscular. The fullgrown
cat should be as wide over the shoulders as it
is in the hind quarters. Medium long legs - hind legs slightly
higher than front. The paws are big and rounded with tufts
between the toes. The Ragdoll developes slowly and it can
take over three years before it's reached full size and
The tail must be long, well furnished and in proportion
with the body.
It has a dense, soft and silky coat. The coat lays with
the body and brakes as the cat moves. In the face the coat
is short and increases in lenght from the top of the head
to the shoulders. It forms a nice bib
around the face. Medium to long coat on the sides, abdomen
and hind quarters.
Points ( ears, mask, legs och tail) must be well defined
and in harmony with the body colour. Body colour is lighter
than the point colour. Slight shadings of colour are allowed
on the body and the stomach. Colour on the nose and pads
must be analouge to the points.
Points (except paws and chin) and bodycolour as the colourpoint.
White mittens on the front legs. Hind legs white up to the
higher hock. White chin and preferebly a white stripe on
the nose. There should also be a white stripe going from
the bib, over the stomach, up to the base of the tail.
Points ( ears, mask och tail) to be well defined. The mask
must have an inverted white V. The stomach must be white
and without spots. Legs preferebly white. Body colour lighter
than points. White spots on the back is allowed. Nose leather
and paw pads are pink.
Ragdoll is a firm large rase with a calm temperament. A
Ragdoll is a beautiful, affectionate, loving companion.
Many people have compared their Ragdoll's personality to
that of a loyal canine. Ragdolls are eager to interact and
their are numerous accounts of Ragdolls fetching there favorite
toy, learning how to shake hands, and sitting up of command.
The Ragdoll personality is warm and friendly. Ragdolls want
to be with you all the time. Ragdolls need lots of attention
and are wonderful lap warmers.
a splendid familycat and it also enjoys the company of other
animals. It's talks a lot but isn't as loud as for instance
the siames.A ragdoll likes to be in the center and even
if it can be left alone during the days it is happiest when
it's got company. The ragdoll will come to the door and
welcome you when you get home (if he's not taking a nap
just then) and he loves to be the first to say hello when
you've got guests
Ragdoll is special in an other way to. It can go totally
limp when you lift it up. That's why it's called "ragdoll".
There are some rumours that the ragdoll doesn't feel pain
- This is absolutely not true!!! It's just as sensitive
to pain as any other animal (or human).
Your Ragdoll should be INDOORS only. Ragdolls are very docile
animals and are not able to defend themselves from other
animals. Even an indoor only cat should have a collar and
name tag, that way if he does escape from your house he
will be easier to find. Indoor only cats will be very scared
if they wander outside.