Ragdoll (and Ragamuffin) basic information
The Ragdoll is so named for its preference to just go limp when held. It is said that this is the most relaxed, mild-mannered cat in the world.
Ragdolls are a large, muscular breed with males sometimes obtaining weights of over 20 pounds. They have broad chests, large hindquarters and beautiful, medium long coats. The fur is soft like a rabbit's and can come in four colors: seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac (frost) and three patterns: mitted, bicolor, and colorpoint. Full color is not achieved until the cat is around age two. Matting and shedding is not a problem and an occasional combing or brushing is all that is required. The head is flattish and softly triangular with small, broad-based ears that tilt forward. Wide-set eyes are vivid blue ovals. A curved profile adds to their sweet, expressive face.
Standardized Ragdolls were created by breeders who bought a pair of the original cats and selectively bred them. They formed the Ragdoll Fanciers' Club International (RFCI), setting specific guidelines for other breeders of Ragdolls. All cat-registering associations now accept RFCI Ragdolls. Championship status exists in all associations except the Cat Fanciers Association, which assigns registration to the miscellaneous class and does not allow them to be shown.