The ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. Developed by controversial American breeder, Ann Baker, it is best known for its docile, placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name “Ragdoll” is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up. Ragdolls being bred today don’t go limp, but they certainly relax and enjoy close contact with humans.
The ragdoll is bred in three patterns; colourpoint, mitted, and bi-colour. There are now 5 different colours; seal, blue, red, lilac, and chocolate. Lilac and chocolate colourings are fairly new to the ragdoll breed, as is the tabby and red/tortie series, which can be bred in any of the above colourways.
The ragdoll is the second most popular breed of cat in the UK, second only to the British Shorthair. They often behave more like dogs, as they enjoy human attention and will generally follow you most places, even to the toilet if they can get away with it.
They need to be kept as totally indoor cats unless contained within a cat-proof garden. They have such friendly natures that they tend to trust everyone and so could quite easily be picked up and taken away. They are very beautiful cats and so are coveted by people. They have been bred as indoor cats for many years and are very happy living an indoor life.
Due to their silky semi-longhaired coats, they rarely matt or knot, and so a regular groom through once or twice a week is sufficient to keep their coat in good condition. They don’t mature fully until around 4 years old, and the kittens are beautiful but the adult cats are absolutely stunning. However, beware! The saying we were told when we bought our first breeding girl was “one is never enough.” We have found this to be very true.