|Weight||Male: 9–15 pounds
Female: 6–12 pounds
|Life Expectancy||15 – 20 years|
Ragdolls are one of the largest cat breeds with a sturdy build and big blue eyes. They have medium-length, pointed coat where their face, legs, tail and ears are darker coloured than their body.
A Ragdoll’s soft and silky hair comes in 3 patterns: colorpoint (no white), bicolor and mitted. Coat colors include chocolate, seal, blue, fawn, cinnamon, lilac, cream and red. There are also tortoiseshell or tabby variations.
The Ragdoll cats are named after the ability lie limp or completely relaxed being held. They make ideal indoor companions as they are docile, mild-mannered, and agreeable. One of the sweetest traits is their laid-back, sweet personality. Ragdolls are very in tune with their human’s routines and emotions, offering leg rubs and cuddles. A better friend you couldn’t have. They are playful but are not overactive and can be easily trained. Ragdolls are very family-friendly, they get along well with children and adults, as well as other cats and dogs.
The Ragdoll was developed in the 1960s by the late Ann Baker of Riverside, California. The foundation cat from which the breed originated, Josephine, was a domestic, longhaired white female of unknown parentage. It’s possible that the cat had some exceptional genes, either recessive or masked by her dominant white color, allowing for some striking offspring. After years of selective breeding, the Ragdoll developed into the breed known today.