Everything You Need to Know About the Ragdoll Cat

Posted by Katherine Ripley

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The Ragdoll cat wants to be wherever you are.

The Ragdoll cat is a laid-back, gentle cat which exhibits many dog-like behaviors. They will greet you at the door, follow you around, and sleep with you at night. The longhaired cat can be taught to come when they're called and play fetch.

The Ragdoll breed was first developed by cat breeder Ann Baker from Riverside, California in the early 1960s. The breed is a combination of an endearing personality and beautiful colorpoints, like the Siamese cat seal points, with their bodies being lighter than their faces, ears, tails, and legs. Ragdoll coat colors can be seen in seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream. Mitted Ragdolls have white feet and white chins, but all varieties have blue eyes and silky coats.

The Ragdoll cat breed is popular because they show more interest in people than most other cats do. The beautiful cat likes to be wherever the humans are.

When doing research on the Ragdoll breed, it's important for pet parents to know about the breed's common health issues. Ragdolls can be prone to a common feline heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Cats with the gene that causes the disease can be identified through a DNA test, allowing breeders to produce cats free of the condition.

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General Appearance

The Ragdoll cat is a large cat with a semi-long, plush coat. Ragdoll cats are a pointed breed, meaning their bodies are lighter than their points. But there is a lot of color variation within the breed.


A full-grown male Ragdoll usually weighs between 15 and 20 pounds, making this a large breed. Their bodies are well-balanced with average proportions. Ragdolls were so named because their bodies go limp when they are picked up.



Ragdoll cats come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some have the same pointed coloration of a Siamese cat, but there are other versions of the Ragdoll with less contrast between their point colors and body colors. Ragdoll cats shed a lot, and their coats need to be brushed about once a week.


Almost all Ragdoll cats have striking blue eyes. Some might have blue-green or gold eyes.



Ragdoll cats are generally friendly towards everyone, including kids, and make great family pets. They are known for being quiet cats. They are moderately active, enjoying some playtime and plenty of nap time. They are laid-back, and love to be pet.

The Ragdoll is recognized by The Cat Fanciers' Association, The International Cat Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.

Head on over to the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) to learn more about the Ragdoll and search for reputable breeders near you. The Ragdoll Fanciers International is also a valuable resource for more info on puppy cats.

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