About the Ragdoll Breed:
The Ragdoll is a newer breed of cat that first originated in America in the 1960s. The first known breeder, Ann Baker, bred her cats selectively for their desired "dog-like" personality traits and large blue eyes. The name "Ragdoll" comes from their tendency to completely relax when being picked up - just like a floppy doll!
They grow to be larger, heavier cats that tend to reach maturity and gain their complete coloring at around four years old. At maturity, males average to be approximately 15-20 pounds, and females grow to be 10-15 pounds. They are known to be an intelligent and trainable breed. Some cats can even be taught to play fetch! They are extroverted but not demanding and adapt well to different environments. Ragdolls are highly sociable, love children, and are the perfect companion.
Ragdoll cats are ideal for either single individuals or families as they're low-maintenance pets. The coat needs regular brushing but is not a high-maintenance coat like many other long-haired breeds. It does not have an undercoat, and the hair is silky, making it easy to care for. Owners of these cats must be committed to keeping them indoors for their own protection, and play with dogs or enthusiastic children should be supervised as these cats will not defend themselves. If you're looking for a gentle, affectionate cat that forms close bonds without being overly demanding, then this is the breed for you.