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 (seen here). Patterns come in six colors: seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream. Points (head and tail) 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.
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.