Why Are They Called Ragdoll Cats?

Why are they called Ragdoll Cats?

By Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

September 12, 2022

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Ragdoll cats are a popular breed of cat known for their laid-back, easygoing personality. But have you ever wondered where their name comes from? Why are they called Ragdoll cats?

The name “Ragdoll” actually comes from the fact that these cats are very relaxed and seem to go limp when picked up. This makes them seem like a child’s ragdoll toy, hence the name.

Ragdoll Cat Going Limp

Ragdoll cats are a relatively new breed, having been developed in the 1960s. They are known for their docile and placid temperament and their relatively large size.

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The breed was created by Ann Baker, a breeder in California, who set out to create a cat that was docile, gentle and loving. One of Ann Baker’s breeding cats was a white ‘Angora type’ cat named Josephine. Josephine was hit by a car when she was pregnant and was nursed back to health, after which Ann noticed a difference in the kittens born to Josephine

Ann noted that the resulting kittens were of wonderful nature, craving human attention and were large in size. They didn’t have matting fur, and had a non-fighting disposition, and become limp like a child’s ragdoll when handled.  You can learn more about the history and origin of ragdoll cats here.

Today, Ragdoll cats are one of the most popular cat breeds in the world, and it’s easy to see why. With their gorgeous blue eyes and long, fluffy coats, they’re impossible to resist.

But there’s more to these kitties than just their good looks. Ragdolls are also known for being exceptionally friendly and affectionate, which makes them ideal pets for families with children. They’re also very laid-back, and have a reputation for being quite tolerant of other animals.

So if you’re looking for a beautiful and loving addition to your home, a Ragdoll cat is definitely worth considering!

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Written by Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

I'm Jennie, the creator of Ragdoll Cats World. I have been owned and loved by Ragdoll Cats for almost twenty years after getting my first Ragdoll kittens, Huey and Choo-Choo back in 2003. They lived to the grand old age of 18 and 17 and they even made the move from London to Australia with me! We now have two Ragdoll cats, Violet and Ocean, and a Maine Coon cat named Eddie, and we love sharing our knowledge of all things related to Ragdoll Cats with you at Ragdoll Cats World!

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