Ragdolls were developed in the 1960’s by Ann Baker, a Persian breeder in California, some of whose original stock consisted of sturdy, free-roaming cats. It is thought she created the foundations of the Ragdoll breed by selecting kittens out of Josephine, a semi-feral longhaired white female Persian/Angora type, sired by several unknown male Birman-like or Burmese-like cats, one with Siamese markings. Out of those early litters came Blackie, an all black Burmese-like male and Daddy Warbucks, a Birman-like pointed male. Daddy Warbucks sired the founding bicolor female Fugianna, and Blackie sired Buckwheat, a dark brown/black Burmese-like female. Both Fugianna and Buckwheat were daughters of Josephine. All Ragdoll cats are descended from Josephine through matings of Daddy Warbucks to Fugianna and Buckwheat.By selecting individuals with the look and temperament she wanted for her breeding program, Anne Baker created the standard ragdoll type. Denny and Laura Dayton are credited with bringing the Ragdoll breed to worldwide recognition by various cat registration organizations. What is known is that this breed was selectively bred over many years for desirable traits, such as large size, gentle demeanor, and a tendency to go limp when picked up.
Tricia and Miracle with Denny Dayton
The Ragdoll is a large, semi-longhaired cat, exhibiting blue eyes and the pointed pattern in three varieties: colorpoint, bicolor, and mitted. Coat colors can be seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac point colors. They are also available in non traditional colors, such as cream, red (flame), tortie, torbie and lynx point. Their semi-long rabbit-like coats need minimal care and do not usually become matted with regular combing. Ragdolls typically take up to 4 years to fully mature physically. An adult male can weigh between 12 and 20 lb (5.4 – 9.0 kg), while the females can weigh between 10 and 15 lb (4.5 – 6.8 kg). They are typically laid back and loving toward people (including children), other cats, and dogs. They got the name ragdolls for their tendency to go limp when they are picked up.