Ragdoll (and Ragamuffin) History history
The first Ragdoll was created in the early 1960s in California by a woman who had an alley cat who had been in an automobile accident. Her claim was that this produced the telltale limpness in the offspring. It is more likely that this mutation was a naturally occurring, recessive gene in the parent cat. Persians and Burmese were bred into the mix, resulting in the Ragdoll cat. In 1971, she formed the private IRCA organization, laying down rules for owners of this cat. The IRCA Ragdolls are not accepted in any major association.