History of the Ragdoll Cat
The Ragdoll cat was developed by a cat breeder, Ann Baker, in California in 1963. Her neighbour, Mrs Pennels, had an unregistered white female cat called Josephine with a semi-long haired angora appearance who was docile and seemed immune to pain following a car accident. Ann borrowed Blackie - an all black Burmese-like male and Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbucks - an unusually patterned male with white socks, white nasal stripe, white chin and belly: both sons of Josephine, for breeding. Ann also acquired a black daughter of Blackie and Josephine named Buckwheat and a bi-coloured daughter of Joesephine and Daddy Warbucks named Raggedy Ann Fugianna.
Buckwheat was mated to Daddy Warbucks and in June 1965 Ann produced the first kittens that were registered as Ragdolls, Raggedy Ann Kyoto and Raggedy Ann Tiki. From Daddy Warbucks, Buckwheat and Fugianna, the Ragdoll cat was developed.
Ann Baker trademarked the name "Ragdoll" and set up her own registry, the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA) and anyone wishing to breed Ragdoll cats could only do so on the basis of a franchise with registration through Ann Baker's own International Ragdoll Cat Association and kittens could only be registered and called Ragdolls if the complex breeding policy set by Ann was strictly adhered to. The franchise was later broken and a group of breeders led by Denny Dayton later established the Ragamuffin breed as no offshoot groups could call their cats Ragdolls until Ann's trademark on "Ragdoll" was not renewed in 2005. It was this group that eventually developed the Ragdoll cat standard accepted by the cat registries today.
Two Ragdoll kittens were imported into the UK in 1981 and further 8 Ragdoll cats imported within a year and from these Ragdoll cats were established in the UK. The British Ragdoll Cat Club was formed in 1987, and in March 1990 Ragdoll cats were recognised by the the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and eligible to be shown in the Assessment classes at Championship Shows around the country.
Characteristics of the Ragdoll Cat
The Ragdoll cat is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds and has a strong muscular body, large frame and long tail. Ragdoll cats have a broad head and blue eyes. The coat of the Ragdoll cat is soft and silky.
Dispite the myth suggesting that the Ragdoll cat is immune to pain, clinical tests have proved that Ragdoll cats are no different to any other breed of cat.
Colour of the Ragdoll Cat
Ragdoll cats exist in Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red, Cream, in Solid Points, Tortie Points, Tabby Points and Tortie Tabby Points, and these may be transposed over any of the three accepted patterns of Colourpointed, Mitted and Bicolour.
Size of the Ragdoll Cat
The Ragdoll cat is a large sized cat.
Character of the Ragdoll Cat
Ragdolls cats have a laid back temperament, are gentle, tolerant and devoted to their owner. Ragdoll cats love human company, love to play and are particularly good with children.
The Ragdoll cat is trusting and this makes the "outside" world a dangerous place and so they are best kept indoors.
Lifespan Of The Ragdoll Cat
The lifespan of the Ragdoll cat is 9-15 years.
Requirements of the Ragdoll Cat
Ragdoll cats should be groomed thoroughly at least twice a week.
Inherited Diseases of the Ragdoll Cat
Although most Ragdoll cats are healthy, hereditary diseases that are known to appear in the breed are the heart disease feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).