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Is the Ragdoll right for you?

The basics:
Affectionate, docile, and trusting, like a floppy child’s toy the Ragdoll will go happily limp in your arms – so hold tight because this is not a small cat! They’re the ultimate cuddler and they’ll wait eagerly for an empty lap to prove it. With a sweet face, soft fur, and baby blue eyes, the Ragdoll could easily get by on looks alone, but if ever a cat was determined to break down the stereotypes of an aloof, uncaring feline, the Ragdoll is it. Sometimes described as puppy-like, the devoted Ragdoll will greet you at the door when you come home, and follow you room to room. Calm but playful, affectionate but not demanding, the Ragdoll makes for an easy companion so long as you’ve got plenty of love to give.

The Ragdoll’s somewhat unconventional history begins in California in the early 1960’s. There, breeder Ann Baker began to develop the Ragdoll from non-pedigreed domestic cats, selecting for size, demeanor, and the striking coat. For many years, Baker guarded the breed protectively, rejecting traditional cat registries to start her own, the International Ragdoll Cat Association. She trademarked the name “Ragdoll” and enforced strict standards on those wishing to breed her cats. The current Ragdoll breeding standard and acceptance into traditional breed registries is the result of breeders that broke away from Baker and the IRCA, and began developing the breed on their own. Though the IRCA still exists, it is much smaller than it was before Baker’s death in 1997, and Ragdolls in the IRCA are not accepted by any major association.

Appearance / health:
The Ragdoll is a rather large, semi-longhaired cat. The male Ragdoll may reach a weight of up to 20lbs, though they are slow to mature and may not reach full size for 4 years. They have a medium to long body with substantial boning. Though the Ragdoll is a solid and well-muscled cat, they have an additional fat pad on their lower belly. Their feet are large and round, tufted with hair around and between the pads. Their plumed tail is equal in length to their body.

The Ragdoll’s head is described as a broad, modified wedge with rounded contours, medium in size. The muzzle is rounded, medium in length, and the nose dips gently at the brow with a straight bridge to the tip of the nose. The medium-sized ears are road at the base with a rounded tip and tilted slightly forward. Large, wide-set oval eyes come in varying shades of blue.

Described as semi-longhaired, the Ragdoll’s coat is plush, but with minimal undercoat so that it lies smooth to the body. The texture is soft and silky. The Ragdoll is born white but begin changing colors by 9-10 weeks, with full color developing as late as 3-4 years. They come in 4 different patterns of 6 different colors. Colors include seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, cream, and red. Patterns are:

  • Pointed – a light base coat with dark coloration on the legs, tail, face, and ears.
  • Mitted – Pointed coloration, but with white paws and belly. They may also have a white blaze on the face.
  • High Mitted Bicolor – Mitted coloration but with white paws, chest, and abdomen, and a white “V” on the face.
  • Bicolor – White legs, white abdomen, and an inverted white “V” on the face. Sometimes there will be white patches on the back.
  • Lynx – A variant of the above patterns, but with tabby markings.

Unfortunately, Ragdolls are prone to urinary problems, sometimes very serious ones, and should be monitored for signs of infection and bladder stones. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a heart disease common in cats, is slightly more prevalent in the Ragdoll. HCM can be detected using modern genetic testing, and breeders should be chosen who have carefully selected HCM-free cats for their program.

Ragdoll kittens should have food available at all times, as this large breed of cat experiences frequent and rapid growth spurts. However, adult cats may need to be rationed, as Ragdolls are not a very active breed.

Behavior / temperament:
The Ragdoll is an extremely docile, affectionate, and relaxed cat. They are easily handled and well known for their tendency to become completely limp in your arms. They are a perfect breed for families with children, though parents should closely supervise interaction as some Ragdoll’s may be overly-tolerant of unkind behavior. Polite children will find a patient and willing friend for dress-up, tea parties, and a cruise in the baby buggy. The Ragdoll will happily be your constant companion, following you from room to room and waiting for an opportunity to hop into your lap. The Ragdoll has a lot of love to give, and if you’re not willing or able to return their devoted affection, this isn’t the breed for you. Though the Ragdoll will wait quietly for your return, they’ll be unhappy if left alone too often or for two long.

Though the Ragdoll is not an active cat, they’re not un-playful, and young Ragdolls in particular may have a rambunctious streak. Making a habit of games of chase or fetch is a good way to keep your Ragdoll fit. The Ragdoll takes his cues from you, and if you’d like to play, they’re game; if you’d like to cuddle on the couch, that’s just fine by them too.


luxurious fur, laid back temperament, docile personality, BIG personalities, fantastic family pets


potty problem, urinary tract issues, overweight cats, regular brushing, frequent grooming


raw meat diet, longer fur, bright blue eyes, coat thickness, lovely indoor

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