The ragdoll was born in California in the early 1960s by the casual crossing of a white Angora cat called Josephine and a colourpoint cat whose breed is not known. After fleeing from home and being driven by a car, Josephine was lovingly cared for by her owner, Ann Baker, who only later realized that her beloved cat was pregnant.
The kittens born from this casual cross, had a particularly affectionate character so Ann Baker, pleasantly enchanted by these kittens, decided to pair them a second time choosing a cat like a Burmese or Himalayan partner. With subjects born from the first and second litter, Ann Baker laid the foundations of her breeding, which was based on behavioral and non-aesthetic features for the first time.
The subjects born from the litters were separated in two lines depending on the coloring: the black-white ones from the Siamese motifs. The breed was only recognized later in 1975 and was named after Ragdoll to highlight its character as a true doll. The main feature of this cat is the particular trust in people so it can be pampered in the arms by completely relaxing the muscles. And just as if it were a child , ragdoll prefers to get stuck in the air and with its melodious voice requires cuddling.
The selection of a ragdoll imposes severe rules because it is important to evaluate the behavioral features more than aesthetic of future breeders to ensure the innate sweetness of these cats. The structure of a ragdoll is impressive, especially in the male that weighs up to 8 pounds, the coat is smooth and dense and well follows the movements of the body, the collar is important and bulky.
The colors of the coat are seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream in colourpoint, bicolor and mitted variants. The eyes are of an intense blue. Ideal for those who love a sturdy but sensitive cat in the ways … a’voglia real doll to love and pamper!