What is a Ragdoll cat?

The Ragdoll is a man made breed that had it's origins
in the 60's in California, USA.
However, it wasn't the founder of the breed, Ann Baker, that
ultimately brought the Ragdoll to recognition in the cat
associations and eligible for exhibition as a registered breed.

That long, hard struggle was successful due to the dedication
of a few individuals who saw the potential of these amazing 
cats.  Really, you could say 'in spite of' the originator Ann Baker.

Read the history of the Ragdoll at the RAGDOLL HISTORICAL
for more on the start of the breed.

The breed standard for the Ragdoll cat states that they are
a blue-eyed, semi-long haired cat. 

They are a 'pointed' breed which means they are
born pure white and gradually develop their coloration.

Their 'points' are darker than the body which is ideally
several shades lighter.  Think of a Siamese or a Himilayan.
The same gene is responsible for the contrast between
points and body.

The points on a Colorpoint cat are the face (mask), ears,
feet and tail.  Ragdolls also come in mitted and bicolor so
they have more white and less color in certain areas.

The color of the Ragdoll is affected by temperature. 

How did this cat breed start?

The very best way to get an accurate account of the Ragdolls'
history is to consult those that were there at the beginning
and who had a huge part in getting the Ragdolls recognized.

That information, photos, correspondence and more can be found

Rather than spread any more misinformation about the breed, enjoy
browsing through the old photos, pedigrees and other interesting
history on the Ragdoll.

Are Ragdolls really big?

The size of a Ragdoll cat depends on genetics.

Here at Lions Royale Ragdolls our females average
8 -10 pounds and the males around 18 + pounds.

We have been working on increasing the size
but most of our pet buyers like the females to be around this
size. I like the boys to be big and burly!

Can a Ragdoll be really small?

Yes, Ragdolls can be small due to genetics or sometimes
other issues.   . Definitely not ideal for the breed. 
There are no upper or lower limits but the standard
outlines that a Ragdoll should be a heavy, muscular cat
that is well boned.

Are they good with children?
Are they good with other cats or pets?
What color are Ragdolls?
What pattern are Ragdoll cats?
Do all Ragdolls have blue eyes?
Are Mink and Solids really Ragdolls?
How much does a Ragdoll cost
Should I have more than one Ragdoll?
Can my Ragdoll go outside?
What is the best food for my Ragdoll cat?
What is the best litter for my Ragdoll?
What toys do Ragdolls like?
Where can I find a good veterinarian?
What about spaying and neutering?
What about declawing?
Do I need to brush my Ragdoll
Do Ragdolls shed?
Are Ragdolls Hypo-allergenic?
Where can I find a good Ragdoll breeder?
What health issues are there in the Ragdoll breed?
How many vaccinations should my Ragdoll get?
Should I use flea treatments on my Ragdoll?
Should I give worming medication to my Ragdoll?
Do Ragdolls need a raw or high protein diet?
Are Ragdolls playful?
Do all Ragdolls flop?
Why doesn't my Ragdoll sit on my lap?
Why don't some Ragdolls like being held and carried?
and much more!!