Ragdolls originated in the 1960's when a cat breeder by the name of Ann Baker, she crossed a white, Turkish Angora-type female with a male pointed Birman-type cat. Their offspring were then crossed with a sable-colored Burmese-type cat. They are called Ragdolls because of their ability to go limp when held. They are called the "dog" of cats because they can retrieve small objects and tend to follow you around like a puppy.
The ragdoll cat is one of the largest domesticated breeds of cats. They are slow growing cats and do not reach their full size, color and fur quality until around their second birthday. Adult males will likely weigh 12 to 20 pounds while adult females will weigh about 10 to 15 pounds. All pointed Ragdolls have large oval-shaped blue eyes. Solid Ragdolls eye color ranges from a blue/green to yellow.
Ragdolls should be strictly "indoor" cats because of their social and friendly behavior. They view everyone as a friend and have no fear of going up to people or animals for any attention they can get.
Ragdoll cats come in many colors:
Seal - Dark brown seal points with a light tan body color
Chocolate - Milk chocolate points with an ivory body color
Blue - Dark gray points with a pale gray body color
Lilac - Pinkish gray points with a frosty white body color
Flame - A deep rich orange
Cream - Very light orange color
Tortie - This color is a mixture of red or cream mixed with the traditional color of seal or blue points.
Ragdoll cats come in many different patterns:
Pointed - This is where the ears, tails, legs and masks have a darker color than the rest of the body.
Mitted - A mitted Ragdoll will have the basic color point markings but will also have white "mittens" on all four feet with the white on the back legs extending midway up. They will also have white on their chin and chest. Sometimes they will have a blaze of white down their face or nose.
Bi-colors - This pattern will have colored points on the ears, and tail, however they will also have an inverted white "V" shape on their mask. They have white on their legs, neck and stomach areas.
Lynx - This pattern has tabby type markings towards the points in a variety of colors.
Solid - Solid, non-pointed ragdolls come in all colors. Their eye color can range from a blue/green to yellow.