Ragdoll is a cat breed with beautiful deep-blue eyes, fluffy fur, a gentle and affectionate temperament. They are large, muscular, semi-longhair cats with soft and silky hair. They were first bred by the American breeder Ann Baker in California in the 1960s by crossing Persian, Birman, and Burmese cats. The name “Ragdoll” comes from these cats’ tendency to sag muscles and relax while being lifted.
Ragdolls are often called “cat-dogs” in Great Britain and the United States. This is due to their behavior, such as the willingness to follow people and spend time with them, and practically no aggression towards other pets and household members. Ragdoll has a very gentle and calm character. He is a very affectionate, intelligent, and relaxed cat. He likes to play, but he doesn’t turn the house upside down. He is not very bouncy – he prefers to walk on the ground rather than climb high. Instead of jumping and scratching furniture, he prefers his scratching post and toys. He has exceptionally large amounts of patience. It is said that the Ragdoll never grows up because his love of play does not pass with age. These cats get close to their owners, constantly seek contact with them, and willingly accompany them throughout the day, walking alongside their legs like a dog. However, they are not too intrusive, and they remind you of their presence with a quiet and gentle meowing. They are devoted and loving without being too overbearing. We know from experience that when we go on holidays and someone from our family stays with them, they miss us much.
The Ragdoll is one of the largest breeds of domestic cats, with a solid, massive body and well-proportioned legs with a wide chest. An adult female cat weighs between 3.5 and 7.0 kg. The males are much larger, from 5.5 to 10.0 kg or more. The head is shaped like a wide triangle with the ears tilted forward and tipped with brushes. Ragdolls live about 15-18 years.