Ragdolls were developed in the 1960s by Ann Baker, a breeder in Riverside, California. The origin of the Ragdoll breed consisted almost entirely of free-roaming cats. Baker bred Josephine, a domestic longhaired white female that was found running loose in her neighborhood, to other cats she owned or found. Josephine's offspring had unique temperament traits that were very endearing. By selecting individuals with the look, temperament, and criteria she wanted for her breeding program, Baker created the Ragdoll breed.
Ragdolls have four patterns: bi-color, van, mitted, and colorpoint. Patterns come in six colors: seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream. Points may be solid, lynx, tortie, or torbie (tortie and lynx).
The Ragdoll’s semilong coat is plush and silky, and requires minimal grooming to keep it looking its best. It should be combed with a steel comb on a regular basis to find and remove any loose hair or tangles. The absence of the thick, dense, insulating undercoats results in reduced shedding and matting.
Ragdoll cats tend to be more interested in humans than some breeds. They are known to run to greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, flop on you, sleep with you, and generally choose to be where you are. Many Ragdolls have been taught to come when called, and some play fetch. They are gentle cats, and usually play without extending their claws. Ragdolls tend to be floor cats, not jumpers. In all, Ragdolls are well behaved, and easy to care for -– perfect for our modern, busy lifestyles.