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Ragdoll cats are a very docile and lovable breed that love to cuddle in your lap or arms much like the Raggedy Ann Ragdolls. They are a relatively large breed of cat, but are also among the most gentle and affectionate. The Ragdoll has medium length fur that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. The Ragdoll is very non-aggressive, making them an excellent choice for families with small children or who enjoy a pet that is not overly active. They are very intelligent and trainable breed and will take all the affection that their owner can pour at them. The Ragdoll is the essence of sweetness and gentleness. Cats of this breed seem to have perfect self_control, never showing the slightest sign of aggression or impatience.
Always considerate and gentle, the Ragdoll makes an ideal pet for children and gets along well with dogs and other felines. It is not surprising that Ragdoll cats are considered the gentlest and most easy-going of the cat breeds.
The name aptly describes this docile cat's most renowned charcteristic—its propensity to lie limp and relaxed in its owner's arms, just like a rag doll. The semi-long-haired breed was developed in California in the 1960s, the progeny of Josephine, a white Persian Queen, and her consort, Daddy Warbucks.
The Ragdoll rivals the Maine Coon in size, length, and strength. It is a tall cat with a long, muscular body, with the hind legs longer than the front. It does not attain its full size until it is 4 years old. Females are noticeably smaller than males. color maturity is not achieved until 2 years old.
The coat is plush, silky, medium-long to long, with longer preferred. There are 3 basic pattern types: colorpoint, mitted and bi-color, and 4 colors are: Seal, Blue, Chocolate, and Lilac.
- Colorpoint: dark points on mask, ears, tail, legs, feet;
- Mitted: dark points on mask, ears, tail, legs; feet are white;
- Bi-color: dark points on mask, ears, tail; legs and feet are white.