Around 1960, in Riverside, east of Los Angeles, at Mrs. Pennels' home, was born the white cat Josephine, of Turkish Angora type .
Crossed to a Burmese-type glove-tamer, Daddy Warbucks, the litter was interested in the breeder Ann Baker, who practiced a strong consanguinity. So was created the race called Ragdoll, which means "rag doll" because it is characterized by complete relaxation with low muscle tone.
Its homologation in the United States was in 1965. In 1971, A. Baker founded the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA).
In 1969, import into Great Britain of two Ragdolls from Baker. A British Ragdoll Club was founded in 1987. The GCCF recognized the breed in 1991 and the FIFe in 1992.
The Ragdoll arrived in Germany and France respectively in 1985 and in 1986. In 1993, creation of a French club of the breed. Ragdoll is not widespread outside the United States.
Ragdoll Cat Characteristics:
Medium long hair, soft, silky, close to the body. In movement, the fur strays in locks. Collarette very important.
Four classic colors (seal, blue, chocolate, lilac). Three drawings of dotted dresses: Color-point: body of a lighter color than that of the ends (points). Mitted or gloved: boss there too Siamese, but with gloves at the end of the 4 legs.
White flame on the nose. White chin. Two-colored: color-point with white extension on inverted V-shaped face; 4 white legs. Chest and white belly. The color is not completed before the age of 2 and darkens with age.
By his calm, his debonair and docile temperament, this cat is very pleasant to live with.
He can not stand agitation and noise. Sociable, he gets on well with his peers and dogs. Very affectionate, cuddly, he likes company and hates loneliness.
It adapts very well to the apartment life. It is not noisy. It does not reach its full development until the age of 3 to 4 years.
Its maintenance requires frequent brushing and combing.