Kitten History: Ragdoll

This breed is renowned for its uncommonly gentle nature.

By Stacy Hackett

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Ragdoll © Helmi FlickWhat a sweet expression your blue-eyed Ragdoll kitten gives you! That look of wide-eyed innocence reflects the sweet, gentle personality that helped her breed earn its name.

The Ragdoll breed began in the 1960s, thanks to Josephine, a gentle longhaired cat with Siamese markings. Josephines owner, Ann Baker, recognized her cats beauty and sweet nature. She began breeding her to similar cats and created the type standard for todays Ragdoll.

The large, longhaired cats are known for their big blue eyes and pointed markings. The Ragdoll comes in four patterns and six colors. The Cat Fanciers Association currently recognizes two patterns for championship status: bicolors and vans. Mitted and pointed Ragdolls have registration status with CFA.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/8/2013 11:56:23 PM

Such a beautiful mistake!

donna    sevierville, TN

9/5/2013 3:51:13 PM

i love my Rags, ragdoll. the things i do not like is his hair does matt and i have to have him shaved. he also bites and i do not know how to stop him. he does not like to be held or jump in your lap. i am ready to find another cat.

HELEN    BOURNEMOUTH, GU

4/27/2012 5:01:17 AM

I HAVE A CHOCOLATE BI COLOR RAGDOLL. HIS NAME IS ASHKEY AND HE IS 13 YEARS OLD.

WE BOUGHT HIM WHEN HE WAS 6 MONTHS OLD IN 1999.

HE IS THE MOST LOVING CAT YOU WILL EVER FIND.
HE IS ALWAYS HERE FOR US AND GREETS US AT HE DOOR WHEN WE GET HOME.

Angie    Spokane, WA

12/30/2011 3:02:45 AM

Correction: I meant Blue Russian in both cases.

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