Ragdoll Cats

Ragdoll Cats

The Ragdoll originated in California and remains rare outside the United States.

This is a controversial breed, which relaxes completely when picked up or held. The resulting floppy “ragdoll” appearance gives the breed its name. The typical posture of the Ragdoll is flat on its side and completely relaxed.

Popular myth holds that the breed originated in the offspring of a female White Persian, injured when she was hit by a car. In this genetically unlikely scenario, those injuries led to a cat that cannot feel pain or face up to threats of any kind. The more scientifically based explanation for these unusual qualities in the Ragdoll is the heavily selective breeding that resulted in this cat.

It does in fact have an extremely high tolerance to pain, to the point that injuries can go unnoticed. It also has an overly mild nature. Therefore, the Ragdoll is best off when living completely indoors, a situation it seems happy to accept. The ideal owner is someone who is able to satisfy the cat’s need for tranquillity and some protection.

Varieties include the Bicolour Ragdoll, with a pale body, dark markings on the mask, ears and tails (seal, chocolate or lilac), and a white underside; Colourpoint Ragdoll, which has points in those same colours; and Mitted Ragdoll, which is the same as Colourpoint but with white front paws.

The fur is full and long, but not as long as many long-haired breeds. The body is long and solid, although it goes limp when picked up. It has medium legs, large, round paws and a long, medium tail. The head is a rounded wedge shape with a medium nose, fully developed cheeks, and small, round, blue eyes. Ears are medium, rounded at the tip, and tufted.

Common standard faults are an elongated muzzle, a deformed tail, and crossed eyes.

Daily combing or brushing with the hands or a very light, soft instrument is recommended. Meat is the staple of the breed’s diet.

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