Ragdoll cattery began with an American woman, Ann Baker, whose white long-haired cat Josephine suffered permanent injuries in a traffic accident. The kittens born by her later turned out to be extremely calm and phlegmatic. Their lack of reaction to raising and caressing was associated with a rag doll.
This name was approved in 1965. The National Cat Lovers Association, and later other associations. The assertion of the alleged inability of this race to feel pain or fear as a result of Josephine’s accident does not support scientific reasoning. This particular kind of temperament may be justified in the fact that cats with a friendly temperament were selected for the first associations.
Temperament and care
Ragdolls are extremely attached, loving and cheerful. In principle, phlegmatic and calm, with a quiet voice, they love to play and caress, often their character is called “dogish” because of the close relationship they have with people.
Our ragdolls are following us step by step, watching movies with us and eating breakfast. They are very social creatures, they need to be close to their human being. The minimal contact that our cats accept is to touch you with paw or lean your back against us.
Their thick coat is not felted and therefore it is easy to cultivate it, it is enough to systematically brush the torso and comb the longer hair around the tail and neck. As all cats take care of cleanliness and wash a few to a dozen times a day.
- CATEGORY: Semi-longhaired
- BODY CONSTRUCTION: Large, with a massive appearance.
- COAT: Medium length coat, thick, soft and silky, adhering to the body, but dissolving in motion. The longest around the neck and the face part; short at the mouth; short to medium length on the front legs; medium length to long on the whole body.
- HEAD: Medium sized, shaped like an enlarged wedge with a flat surface between the ears; cheeks full; muzzle of medium length.
- NOSE: Slightly bent at the top.
- CHIN:Well emphasized.
- EYES: Large and oval, outer corners at the level of the base of the ears.
- EARS: Medium size with a broad base, blunt ends, widely spaced and slightly forward.
- TORSO: Long with medium bone structure. Chest wide, well muscled, rump well muscled.
- LEGS: Medium long, medium thick bone, hind legs slightly longer than the front ones.
- FEET: Large, round and compact; with hair amongst toes.
- TAIL: Long but proportional to the torso, medium width at the base, slightly tapered towards the end, fluffy.
- OINTMENT: Meaning dark brown, blue, chocolate, lilac. Eyes always light blue.
Bibliography: Rixon, A. (1995). The Ilustrated Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds, London: Quatro Publishing plc.