The Ragdoll breed evolved in 1963 in the Californian town of Riverside, having
been bred by the late Ann Baker. They first entered the UK in 1981, and since then
their popularity has grown rapidly. At Jazzamor we strove to maintain the
wonderful type and temperament of those first Ragdolls bred by Ann Baker
in the USA.
The Ragdoll is a large, sweet-natured cat. They are people-orientated cats who
love to be with humans, and build a strong bond with their owners. Ragdoll cats are
calm, yet moderately active and like to play. They are gentle and good with children, the
elderly and other animals. It has often been said that they are puppy-like because of
their loyalty; they always come when called and also enjoy retrieving toys. They
can even learn to walk on a harness and lead, but being a "raggie" are
probably happiest curled up on a lap or having a cuddle!
Ragdolls are strictly indoor cats and should not be let out to roam uncontrolled.
Their easy-going, laid-back temperament means they are perfectly happy to be house
pets. They dislike being left alone for long periods, and if they have to be left
occasionally are happier with another feline friend for company.
Ragdolls come in the traditional colours of blue, seal, lilac and chocolate
(although lilac and chocolate are difficult to acquire in the UK) and also the newer
colours of red and cream, in solid points, tabby points, tortie points and tortie/tabby
points, which may be transposed over each of the three accepted patterns of bicolour,
colourpointed and mitted.
The Ragdoll should have a good length to its body, a long bushy tail, good strong
bone and large, rounded, tufted paws. They have a broad head with a flat plane and width
between their medium sized ears. Their nose should be medium in length with a gentle dip.
The finishing touch should be their beautiful blue eyes - the deeper blue the better.
Ragdolls are semi-longhaired cats, and have soft, rabbit-like fur which is reputed
to be non-matting. However this is not strictly true, and if neglected it will tangle. They
should be groomed once or twice a week to keep their gorgeous coats in top condition.
Male Ragdolls can sometimes grow quite large, often weighing in at around 15lbs.
The females tend to be about 5lb lighter. Once neutered there isn't much difference
in temperament between the sexes - although some males are especially loving.
Ragdoll cats are very slow maturing, and it can take up to four years to achieve
their full size and coat colour. Although a baby Ragdoll is very sweet and cuddly, it is
one of the few breeds that actually improves with age, and a fully grown Ragdoll is
The Colourpoint has a dark mask, ears, paws and tail. The "Seal" point
should have deep seal brown points all of the same shade, and the body colour should be
beige. The "Blue" point has grey-blue points all of the same shade, and the body colour
should be a silver-ivory colour. Nose leather and paw pads should be the same colour
as the points.
The Mitted has the same dark mask, ears, legs and tail as the
Colourpoint, but the chin, bib and chest are white, as is the under
body from chest to tail. The front paws have white mittens, and the back
legs have white boots. Nose leather should be the same as the points, and the
paw pads are pink. Occasionally a Mitted Ragdoll will have a white nose blaze.
The Bicolour has an inverted white "V" on the mask which extends from the
forehead covering the nose, whisker pads and chin, but should not extend
beyond the outer aperture of the eye. The bib, chest, under body and legs
are white. The nose leather and paw pads are pink.
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