At A Glance Size: 8-20 pounds (3.6-9 kg); some males are larger
Grooming Needs: Moderate; little matting but regular grooming is helpful
Activity Level: Moderate
Social Needs: High; must have regular human and/or pet companionship
Associations: Ragdolls are accepted in all USA/Canadian cat registries.
About The Ragdoll Ragdolls are large, semi-longhaired cats, exhibiting the pointed (Siamese) pattern in three varieties: colorpoint, bicolor, and mitted. Ragdolls come in seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac point colors, either with or without markings on the face and feet. Some associations accept nonstandard colors, such as red and lynx point.
Ragdolls were named so because some (not all) go limp when picked up, a trait that inspired the breed name. Ragdolls enjoy playtime and can get along well with children and pets. Affectionate without being demanding, Ragdolls are devoted to their families and adapt well to change. Many owners say they are empathic, highly attuned to their owners' needs and problems.
Did You Know? The origins myths of the Ragdoll are colorful and occasionally bizarre. 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 cat having been hit by a car, and genetic alteration using human genes. Needless to say, none of these legends are scientifically supportable.