The kittens that were used as the foundation stock of the Ragdoll breed were Raggedy Anne , Daddy Warbucks and Raggedy Anne Gueber. Daddy Warbucks was mated back to Josephine and produced Raggedy Ann Fugianna. Daddy Warbucks was also mated with a black Persian to produce Raggedy Ann Buckwheat. Raggedy Ann Buckwheat was mated back to her father and produced Raggedy Ann Tiki. After this, there were no further out crosses allowed, so, although it is uncertain how the original colours came into being, colour selection has remained with the standard four colours of Seal, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac.
Today Ragdoll Cats come in a variety of patterns and colours. At this time, the only Ragdolls that are accepted for Championship in the show halls, are blue-eyed pointed Ragdolls. The solid colour Ragdolls is considered experimental. The solid colour Ragdolls can be registered, but have not been accepted as to the Standard, by the majority of the breeders. Therefore, the solid Ragdolls cannot be shown towards any titles. The patterns fall into three categories: mitted, bi-colour, and pointed. The varieties of colours are lilac, seal, blue, and chocolate point. (click for more photos) All Ragdolls MUST have blue eyes. A typical Ragdoll takes 4 years to fully mature; adult males weigh between 6 to 9 kgs. Female cats weigh in at 4 to 6 kgs. Early neutered cats can get even bigger. Ragdoll cats are one of the largest domestic breeds and make excellent pets especially within a household where there is children or older people.
The Ragdolls fur is rabbit-like, medium long with LITTLE shedding. Remember, all animals, including humans do shed their fur, so expect some shedding in the spring and fall. What is nice about the Ragdoll fur is that it is very easy to pick up. It is so soft that it just sits on top of the surface instead of working it’s way into fabric and is therefore easy to pick up. Just a damp hand, or rag will lift most hair off your clothes. The Ragdoll requires little or no routine grooming, but brushing is recommended once a week to remove loose hair and prevent hairballs. During shedding season, be sure to watch for tangles under the armpits in some Ragdolls.
Ragdolls are large, very loving, docile cats with semi-longhair and big blue eyes in the pointed variety. The Ragdoll body is light-coloured, with darker points on the face, legs, tail and ears, resembling that of the Siamese markings. The ideal Ragdoll is a well balanced cat, with no extreme features. Altered males can reach up to 25 pounds; while females are proportionately smaller, reaching 10-15 pounds. Ragdolls are a slow-maturing cat. Ragdolls reach full coat colour at around two years of age and their full size and weight at about four years.
As well as, the pointed variety, Ragdolls also come in solid, sometimes referred to as self-coloured or non-pointed variety and mink/sepia (the above description holds true except in eye colour which is often aqua, a blue/green colouring and green/yellow in sepia and solids). *Word of caution: These are not available in SA
Ragdolls adore their human counterparts. Sometimes being referred to as more like a dog in that manner. They run to greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, flop on you, sleep with you and just love you to death.
They are gentle creatures, carefully avoiding scratching people and are good with children, elderly and dogs. Ragdolls also tend to be floor cats, by this I mean they do not enjoy jumping and climbing on everything they way some other cats do. They prefer purrs to yowls and keep their voices soft and quiet. They are normally well behaved and eager to please. Due to their extremely friendly nature, Ragdolls are definitely indoor cats and should NEVER be allowed outdoors without supervision.
Ragdolls groom and bathe their silky coat themselves. Once in a while though their owners should give them a brushing with a steel comb as part of their cuddling, and most Ragdolls will enjoy having this done. Ragdolls do shed, not the same like other long hair breeds, in comparison they are a low maintenance cat. As with most cats, providing acceptable scratching surfaces (scratching posts) disapproves of declawing and are essential elements for maintaining a happy and healthy life
Colour and Breed Standard
Ragdolls are medium to large boned, fairly long cats and possess the Siamese colorpoint gene and the white spotting gene. The have broad modified wedge shaped head – best described as a large piece of pie, with the corners rounded. Their ears are wide set and slightly tilted forward and the eyes are very blue, but not round in shape.
The Ragdoll comes in seal point, chocolate point, blue point and lilac point although red points, cream points and tabby points are now being bred. The “colorpoints” are exactly that. The “mitted” versions have the color points but have white mittens, white boots and may have a white blaze on the nose. The “bicolored” has additional white on the stomach, chest and ruff. Genetics means that there are three other patterns: “High Mitted” where the mitts extend up legs; “Mid-High White” which is a Bi-color with additional white in the “saddle” area; and “High White” which is a Bi-color with even greater degree of white, the “saddle” may be absent.
The colorpoint and white spotting genes interact to produce the different patterns. The three recognized patterns are colorpoint, mitted and bicolor. All Ragdolls are colorpointed and some also have white. Due to the way genes interact, some cats Ragdolls which look identical actually have different genotypes (different genetic make-up). For example, High Mitted, Mid High White and “true” Bicolor can all appear identical, though the exact amount of white is variable (almost infinitely so!) and some High Mitted display more white than a show quality Bicolor while some Mid High Whites may have so much white on them that they appear to be High Whites! At times like this, only a knowledge of what genes the cat has inherited allows breeders to know what color their cat really is! High White is also known as Van pattern or Harlequin in some associations and is a recognized color in CFA (America).Ragdolls also produce pet quality variants which are not shown (except as household pets), but which have the same excellent temperament. The variants include white toes on colorpoint Ragdolls, dark toes on mitted Ragdolls, odd white marks appearing in dark areas and dark marks appearing in light areas! The white spotting is hard to get perfectly right!