The first things most people tend to associate the term “ragdoll” with are Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. But when it comes to the ragdoll cat, Ann and Andy have nothing to do with the feline! The beautiful ragdoll cat may not be wearing patchwork clothes nor have curly hair – and that’s ok!
Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the ragdoll cat:
1. Ragdoll cats were first bred in the 1960s by Riverside, California native Ann Baker. As a Persian breeder, she dabbled in crossbreeding a Persian or an Angora female with a Birman or Burmese type male feline, causing them to have medium-thick fur and Siamese color points. Baker patented the name “ragdoll” in the summer of 1975.
2. They are big cats: big-boned and with weight ranging from 12-20 pounds. Also, the long, full fur native to the Ragdoll is practically unparalleled by any other breed. Only Persian cats compare.
3. Ragdolls are best known for going limp in someone else’s grasp, which is a sure sign that they’ll be going limp any second now. While the doll’s name is Ragdoll, the cats have never, ever resembled any rag dolls.
4. These cats are probably the most laid back and have considerably the best temperament. They are the most mellow with a great temperament. Ragdoll cats shouldn’t be considered outside cats, as it is not in their nature to hunt or to defend themselves. Instead, they like to play and cuddle.
5. While the original Ragdoll breed consisted of only three distinct color patterns, today’s Ragdolls come in a variety of six colors.
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