The origins and
development of the Ragdoll is difficult to establish and there
are a lot of myths out there. The Ragdolls were originated by
Ann Baker a breeder in Riverside, California. It was in early
1960 that the breed was created. It is believed that a white
Persian Angora named Josephine with outcrossings to Birman and
Burmese cats started it all.
Ann Baker advertised widely and mailed fliers promoting the
breed to cat lovers nationwide. Early publicity spread and the
breed quickly became an object of controversy. Bakers breeding
program consisted of a handful of breeders contracted under
her. She was paid a royalty fee for every kitten sold. As time
went on, Ann Baker's statements and claims about the became
strange, supernatural and very hard to believe. She publicized
statements outlining how Ragdoll cats have human genes in them
and that they are immune to pain and represent a link between
us and space aliens.
The breeders who were once loyal to her, were now having doubts
about how to develop the breed, without losing integrity that
these wonderful cats deserve. Because of this, several breeders
broke off from Ann Baker and continued breeding Ragdolls for
what they are.....highly affectionate and loving companions.
Denny Dayton was an instrumental figure in the history and development
of the breed. After he broke away from Ann Baker, he fought
hard to make the breed legitimate and acceptable by Cat Fanciers
standards. Denny Dayton succeeded and in 1967, the Ragdoll breed
was first recognized in the United States.
Dayton is the originator of RFCI (Ragdoll Fanciers Club International)
the most reputable and highly respected Ragdoll cat registry
in the world. Dayton also worked very hard to get the breed
recognized by TICA. Ann Baker went on with her breeding program
but her stand, relative to the breed's growth and acceptance,
was that of anger and bitterness. In 1971 she created her own
cat registry association known as IRCA (International Ragdoll
Cat Association). Since then, she has been in bitter debate
about how only her Ragdolls are legitimate and the rest are
fake. Very few breeders are still working under her in the United
States. Cat registered by IRCA are not recognized by ANY cat
The ragdoll is a firm, large cat with a medium boned, muscular
body. It comes in three different varieties; colourpoint, mitted
and bicolour and four different colors; seal (n), blue (a), choclate
(b) and lilac (c).
Medium sized head with a broad modified wedge and a flat plane
between the ears. The nose should have a slight curve in the upper
third. Well developed cheeks, chin and nose.
Medium-sized ears that are broad at the base and have rounded
tips. The ears are wide set and tilt slightly forward.
The eyes are big, oval and allways blue.
The body is long, medium boned and muscular. The fullgrown cat
should be as wide over the shoulders as it is in the hind quarters.
Medium long legs - hind legs slightly higher than front. The paws
are big and rounded with tufts between the toes. The Ragdoll developes
slowly and it can take over three years before it's reached full
size and colour.
The tail must be long, well furnished and in proportion with the
It has a dense, soft and silky coat. The coat lays with the body
and brakes as the cat moves. In the face the coat is short and
increases in lenght from the top of the head to the shoulders.
It forms a nice bib around the face. Medium to long coat on the
sides, abdomen and hind quarters.
Points ( ears, mask, legs och tail) must be well defined and in
harmony with the body colour. Body colour is lighter than the
point colour. Slight shadings of colour are allowed on the body
and the stomach. Colour on the nose and pads must be analouge
to the points.
Points (except paws and chin) and bodycolour as the colourpoint.
White mittens on the front legs. Hind legs white up to the higher
hock. White chin and preferebly a white stripe on the nose. There
should also be a white stripe going from the bib, over the stomach,
up to the base of the tail.
Points ( ears, mask och tail) to be well defined. The
mask must have an inverted white V. The stomach must be white
and without spots. Legs preferebly white. Body colour lighter
than points. White spots on the back is allowed. Nose leather
and paw pads are pink.
The Ragdoll is a firm large rase with a calm temperament.
A Ragdoll is a beautiful, affectionate, loving companion. Many
people have compared their Ragdoll's personality to that of a
loyal canine. Ragdolls are eager to interact and their are numerous
accounts of Ragdolls fetching there favorite toy, learning how
to shake hands, and sitting up of command. The Ragdoll personality
is warm and friendly. Ragdolls want to be with you all the time.
Ragdolls need lots of attention and are wonderful lap warmers.
It's a splendid familycat and it also enjoys the company of other
animals. It's talks a lot but isn't as loud as for instance the
siames.A ragdoll likes to be in the center and even if it can
be left alone during the days it is happiest when it's got company.
The ragdoll will come to the door and welcome you when you get
home (if he's not taking a nap just then) and he loves to be the
first to say hello when you've got guests.
The Ragdoll is special in an other way to. It can go totally limp
when you lift it up. That's why it's called "ragdoll".
There are some rumours that the ragdoll doesn't feel pain - This
is absolutely not true!!! It's just as sensitive to pain as any
other animal (or human).
Your Ragdoll should be INDOORS only. Ragdolls are very docile
animals and are not able to defend themselves from other animals.
Even an indoor only cat should have a collar and name tag, that
way if he does escape from your house he will be easier to find.
Indoor only cats will be very scared if they wander outside.