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Ragdoll

The Ragdoll is a large, impressive and luxuriantly coated cat breed. Underneath an impressive silky, dense and semi-long to long haired coat, there is a long, muscular cat with a broad chest, short neck and sturdy legs. The tail is long and bushy, and the coat will in the adult cat, form fluffy trousers on the hind-legs and a majestic ruff around the neck and throat.  

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Larger stockier cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

The Ragdoll breed can be prone to:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively. 
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for Ragdoll hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and polycystic kidney disease which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition.

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 - 17 years
Weight:  4.5 - 9kg
Colours:  Ragdolls come in three different coat patterns and each pattern comes in four different colours.

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Playfulness: 4/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  4/5
Likes Other Pets: 4/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 4/5
Ragdoll cat is having a rest

Personality

The Ragdoll is described as ‘astonishingly equable’ and this is a thoroughly agreeable, relaxed, affectionate cat to share a home with. Rarely do owners have just one Ragdoll however, their beautiful appearance and gentle, languid nature is irresistible!  

Ragdolls are curious, and quite inclined to assist in your day-to-day activities, but would prefer to sit on your book or paperwork or watch from a sunny spot whilst you garden, rather than anything too strenuous. 

For some time, there was some hype that the Ragdoll was excessively floppy, that they had a lower pain threshold and would simply ‘flop’ when picked up, which some people took to mean they would make excellent playthings for children! This is not the case. Ragdolls are not floppy and have the same pain threshold as all cats, and certainly will not tolerate being treated as toys by children (or anyone else!)

Ragdoll cat is lying under a blanket in bed

History and Origins

Country of Origin: California, United States

The Ragdoll is effectively a man-made breed, created in the early 1960’s by Anne Baker, a cat breeder in California. Anne used an Angora type cat, a seal mitted (white gloves and boots over a Siamese type colour) male and a solid black cat to produce her foundation Ragdolls. 
It wasn’t until 1981 that Ragdolls were imported to the UK by two separate breeders. 
The goal in creating the Ragdoll was to produce a glamourous cat with a very laid back, relaxed nature, ideal as a family companion. It is safe to say that goal was achieved, the Ragdoll is renowned for their super chilled attitude to life! 

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