Ragdoll Cat Breed

Ragdoll Cats

Like a plush cat come to life, the Ragdoll is known for it total relaxation skills. Originally from California in the 1960's, the Ragdoll came from a white longhair and a seal point Birman. Eventually Burmese was added. The Ragdoll is a controversial breed. Recognized for championship showing this cat has yet to receive championship status from the Cat Fanciers' Association. It has however, been recognized in Britain. Many feel because of the Ragdoll's ability to relax completely and that it allows itself to be handled without complaint signifies that he feels no pain. There is no basis for this belief but it may have caused the controversy, which surrounds this cat.

The Ragdoll is a large sized cat that is muscular and long. It has a huge chest and shoulder area. The eyes are a vivid blue. The legs on the Ragdoll are medium to medium long and back legs are longer than the front. The coat is medium long to long in length and the fur is silky. Even though the coat is non-matting the Ragdoll needs to be groomed daily with a wide toothed comb. This will prevent tangles and remove dead hair that can cause hairballs. A gentle brushing with a long bristled brush is recommended also.

The Cat Fanciers' Association will accept only the bicolor varieties for showing, but the Ragdoll is seen outside the show ring also as a colorpoint cat in lilac, blue, chocolate and seal point. The three patterns seen are colorpoint, mitted and bicolor. As with all colorpoint cats, this coat takes about two years to really develop.

The Ragdoll is a loving cat who is gentle and smart. They will usually become very attached to their owner.

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