Ragdoll characteristics

Ragdoll cats are absolutely friendly pets. They are always trying to be in your neighbourhood and they follow you to every corner of the house. Ragdoll cats are calm and lax.

The name “Ragdoll” is coming from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up. They often lie on their back spread-eagled.

Their most lovely feature is the calm manner.

Ragdolls from excellent catteries are very healthy, they are in outstanding condition. Breed standards describe the Ragdoll as affectionate, intelligent, relaxed in temperament, gentle, and easy to handle lap cat. Their coat is easy to brush.

Ragdoll cats are perfect pets for families. They are very playful and love children. They are usually get along with other pets.

Ragdolls are very insistent, they can be perfect choice for everyone.

History of ragdolls

The Ragdoll breed was first created by a woman breeding Persians and Balinese cats named Ann Baker in California in the 1960’s. Her cattery was named ‘Raggedy Ann’.

A regular non-pedigreed white domestic longhaired cat named Josephine lived next door to Ann Baker. The neighbors who claimed ownership of Josephine were the Pennel’s. Ann Baker noticed that Josephine’s litters of kittens changed after she survived an almost fatal car accident, which required time in a hospital. After her recovery, all of her subsequent litters produced kittens with a docile, placid temperament, affectionate nature, and a tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up.

Ann Baker’s dedication to Josephine’s offspring and her new program led her to register them as a new breed (Ragdoll). She eventually registered Josephine’s litters under the new breed name of Ragdoll.

The first Ragdoll came to Europe in 1991.

The ragdoll standard

Appearance: Ragdoll is a semi-longhair cat breed with a sturdy body and large frame.

Head of ragdolls: broad modified wedge, with slightly rounded contours, slightly rounded forehead (not domed), appearance of flat plane in area between ears, skull medium in size.

Ears: medium in size, broad at base, rounded tip. Set as much on top of the head as on the side, lightly tilted forward.

Eyes of ragdolls: blue, large, oval, moderately wide-set.

Chin: well-developed in line with nose.

Body of ragdolls: medium-long to long in size, broad chest, well-muscled.

Legs: substantial boning, in proportion to body, hind legs slightly longer then front legs.

Tail: equal to length of body, thicker at base, with slight taper.

Coat: semi-long, silky soft, plush.

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Ragdoll colors and patterns

Most Ragdoll kittens are born white. Their colors start showing arround 10 days. They usually develop full colors within 2-3 years.
The Ragdoll cats showcase in 6 unique colors namely chocolate, seal, flame, lilac, cream and blue. Seal and blue colors are the most common ones.

Most common colors and patterns
(partly present at Aquamarine Dolls Ragdoll Cattery):

Blue colorpoint ragdoll

Grey (blue) color appears on all four feets,
ears, tails, and face mask (including nose).
Color on body, belly, and chest is a shade lighter
than the blue point color.

Seal colorpoint ragdoll

Brown (seal) color appears on all four feets,
ears, tails, and face mask (including nose).
Color on body, belly, and chest is a shade lighter
than the seal point color.

Blue mitted ragdoll

Grey color appears on ears, tail, and face mask.
All 4 feets and chin are white,
back leg white goes all the way up to the heel.

Seal mitted ragdoll

Brown color appears on ears, tail, and face mask.
All 4 feets and chin are white,
back leg white goes all the way up to the heel.

Blue mitted with blaze ragdoll

The mitted may also have a “blaze” present.
This is a white marking between the eyes (on the nose).
It can be just a little bit of white,
or take up most of the face.
Similar to the mitted pattern.

Seal mitted with blaze ragdoll

The mitted may also have a “blaze” present.
This is a white marking between the eyes (on the nose).
It can be just a little bit of white,
or take up most of the face.
Similar to the mitted pattern.

Blue bicolor ragdoll

Ears, mask and tail have well defined grey color.
Mask has an inverted white “V” with a pink nose.
Chest, stomach, all four legs, feet and ruff are white.
Body color is a shade lighter than the points.

Seal bicolor ragdoll

Ears, mask and tail have well defined brown color.
Mask has an inverted white “V” with a pink nose.
Chest, stomach, all four legs, feet and ruff are white.
Body color is a shade lighter than the points.