The Ragdoll is a wonderful semi-longhaired cat, characterized by beautiful blue eyes, a long bushy tail, and above all, an exceptional character.
It takes its name from the fact that when one takes him in the arms and he is confident, he relaxes completely and lets himself go, making it look like a rag doll (as illustrated perfectly by the photograph above).
This is a relatively new race from American origin, created by Ann Baker in the 60s.
The first Ragdolls came to France and Germany in the mid 80s and the race was recognized by the LOOF in France (Official Book of Feline Origins) but in 1993.
Since 2007, the Ragdoll has been one of the top 10 best selling cats in Fance.
It is currently the 8th best represented cat in there.
Many myths and legends have circulated about this race and so far nothing is really certain and probably never will be.
The most probable theory is that the Ragdoll was born from a mating between a white cat with blue eyes, of Angora type (the famous Josephine), with a male of Persian type.
And then matings were probably made with other breeds, including Siamese, until the Ragdoll as we know today was obtained.
The Ragdoll is unusually sweet and sociable and is considered to be the nicest cat in the world.
It is very confident, loves children and gets along well with dogs and other cats.
It is a calm and balanced cat, which never claws and doesn't know aggressivity.
It is very curious and loves to play.
Extremely cuddly and affectionate by excellence, it needs to feel to be loved.
It remains close to his owners and will follow them everywhere, without being sticky, though.
It loves to be taken in the arms and lay on the knees.
Her meowing is rare and discreet. However, her purring does not pass unnoticed and the Ragdoll will serve them you as soon as it wakes up.
The Ragdoll is one of the biggest cats in the world.
An adult male weighs between 12 and 20 lbs (6 - 9 kg), a female between 8 and 15 lbs (4-7 kg).
Its growth is slow. Full physical developement (size, coat, color) is only reached between the age of three and four years.
It enjoys an excellent health and has a life expectancy of 15 years.
The Ragdoll has a beautiful and very soft fur, which does not require much maintenance. Brushing once or twice a week is sufficient, except during the moulting season when daily brushing is advised.
It is a cat which prefers "low grounds" and you will therefore never find him in your curtains.
If it is educated consistently from its early age, it quickly understands what is allowed or not and will make practically no damage.
The Ragdoll does not support loneliness and will need company. It will not stand to stay alone all day, and it does need at least one companion (cat, dog or human), otherwise it will be unhappy and may even get depressed.
Being curious, confident and a little bit lacking the survival instinct, it is not armed for the life outside, which will put him in danger, and we can not let them go out (except in a garden or a safe space, from which they can not escape).
The Ragdoll could be taken away by any foreigner, not run away for a car or not try to defend for an attacking dog.
If you are looking for an indoor cat which is very affectionate, which needs love and hugs, then the Ragdoll really is a cat for you. If, on the other hand, you want a cat that can go out and is independent, we strongly advise you in a common interest, to look for another race.
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