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The Ragdoll cat breed is best known for its docile and
placid temperament. The Ragdoll personality is exceptionally gentle and easy-going. The name "Ragdoll" derived from the fact
that many of these cats go completely limp when picked up.
The Ragdoll breed had its origin in California in the
1960s with a cat named Josephine. Several wild and scientifically
impossible stories were put out by the colorful breed founder
regarding the origin and development of the Ragdoll breed, including
extraterrestrials, kittens' traits and personality being affected
by the mother's being hit by a car, and genetic alteration using
human genes. None of these legends are scientifically supportable.
What is known is that Ragdoll kittens have been selectively
bred over many years for desirable traits, such as large size,
docility, and ability to go limp in the arms like a rag doll --
hence the cat's name. Persians, Birmans, Burmese, and domestics
had roles in early breeding programs.
The Ragdoll cat is a large, semi-longhaired cat,
exhibiting the pointed (Siamese) pattern in three varieties: colorpoint,
bicolor, and mitted. Ragdoll kittens are available in seal, blue, chocolate,
and lilac point colors, either with or without markings on the
face and feet. In some associations, they are also available in
nonstandard colors, such as red and lynx point.
The Ragdoll cat is the largest fully domestic breed
of cat. Adult males can weigh over 20 pounds in adulthood, and can get over 30 pounds. Their
long coats need minimal care.
Associations: The Ragdoll cat is accepted
by most major cat registries.
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