According to breeders, the Ragdoll foundation cat, a white Persian-type cat named Josephine, was bred to a Sealpoint Birman male and produced a male kitten named Daddy Warbucks, who in turn was bred to a Sable Burmese female. However, this cannot be confirmed with certainty.
The Ragdoll’s white spotting gene is definitely not the same as in the Birman breed,according to TICA’s genetics committee chairperson, Dr. Solveig Pflueger,M.D. PhD. Josephine resided on the property of a Riverside, California cabinetmaker.Ann Baker, the originator of the Ragdoll breed, alleges that Josephine produced unremarkable kittens until she was struck by acar in the early 1960s.
After her recovery, all of her subsequent litters produced kittens that displayed Ragdoll characteristics: large size,non-matting fur, the tendency to relax in a person’s arms like a child’s rag doll and serene dispositions.
Body Structure: Males will weigh 15 to 20 pounds and females 10 to 13 pounds, making the Ragdoll one of the largest domestic cat breeds. The Ragdoll’s body is solid and muscular with no fat except on the lower abdomen. The ideal head is a broad modified wedge with a round muzzle and well-developed chin.
Eyes: The large, oval eyes are a deep, sparkling blue, the deeper the better.
Coat: The Ragdoll’s coat is medium-long, lush and silky with no undercoat and little shedding. The coat lies with the body, breaks as the cat moves,and is longest around the neck, giving the appearance of a bib. Tufts adorn the paws and ears, and the tail is long and luxurious.
Color: The breed comes in the four traditional pointed colors: Seal,Chocolate, Blue and Lilac; and three patterns: Colorpoint, Mitted and Bicolor (also known as Colorpoint-and-White).
Colorpoint Ragdolls have darker, well-defined points. Body color is lighter than point color, but
must be sound to the roots with no white patches. Mitted Ragdolls possess well-defined points, except on the feet whre they have a matched set of white mittens. Hind legs are entirely white, but the white extends no higher than mid-thigh. A white blaze can decorate the nose.
Docile, mild mannered an congenial, Ragdolls make ideal indoor companions.They are playful, but are not overactive. Known to adapt easily to their environment, Ragdolls get along well with people, dogs and children, are easily trained, undemanding and have soft, pleasant voices.