Ragdoll cat
Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé, WCF

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Characteristics "Ragdoll cat"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Ragdoll cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.


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The Ragdoll cat He is originally from California, United States. At the beginning of the Decade of 1960, Ann Baker, a breeder of persian cats, a white cat began to cross, semi-wild and looking like Turkish Angora cat call Josephine with several street cats. Josephine gave birth, among others, to two cats named Buckwheat and Fugianna.

Eran grandes y de temperamento dócil y tendían a relajarse completamente cuando se les cogía en brazos, becoming true “Ragdolls”.

Se añadieron dos machos al programa de cría de la Mrs. Barker: Blackie, a black guy looking like Burmese cat, and Daddy Warbucks, dark in color and with white tips of the legs. These five cats interbred and gave rise to the breed Ragdoll tal y como la conocemos hoy en día.

Consciente de que tenía una nueva raza de gatos entre manos, Ann Baker decided not to have her recognized by feline associations and, Instead, chose to register the trademark Ragdoll and create your own record, the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA), in 1971. At the same time, prohibía a cualquiera utilizar el nombre Ragdoll, criar estos gatos fuera de las estrictas condiciones que imponía para preservar la pureza de la raza o registrarlos en otra asociación felina.

Although the eccentric claims of Ann Baker about what Josephine fue alterada genéticamente por extraterrestres en un accidente de coche no son creíbles, parece probable que tuviera una composición genética única, probably a natural genetic mutation, which was later passed on to their offspring.

The eccentricities of Ann Baker sparked dissension among other breeders of the Ragdoll cat, sobre todo por el alto nivel de endogamia provocado por las estrictas restricciones que imponía. In 1975, Denny and Laura Dayton fueron de los primeros en distanciarse de la raza e intentar darle una existencia legítima bajo el paraguas de asociaciones felinas reconocidas. They drew up the standard that was used later when it was recognized by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) in 1991 and for the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1993.

In the meantime, the Ragdoll había llegado a Gran Bretaña ya en 1981, when breeders Pat Brownsell and Lulu Rowley importaron los primeros ejemplares y comenzaron a criar este gato que poco a poco conquistaría a los amantes de los gatos británicos. Unos años más tarde, in 1986, made its appearance in France.

In the news, the Ragdoll está reconocido por la mayoría de las principales asociaciones felinas nacionales e internacionales: is the case, in particular, of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) British, of the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) French, of the International Cat Association (TICA) and of the World Cat Federation (WCF).

Well established in both North America and Europe, and its success is undeniable. In United States, es una de las razas más populares en cuanto a número de inscripciones en la CFA, and even ranked first in 2018. In the United Kingdom, has firmly established itself in second place since 2010; with about 3.000 kittens registered every year, it only represents around the 15% de la población de gatos del país.

It is also one of the five most popular cat breeds in France., and its growth is dazzling: While in 2003 less than 100 specimens in the LOOF, in 2010 more than 1.000 and in 2019 more than 2.600, surpassing the Persian for the first time. Therefore, represents almost the 6% de los nacimientos registrados en el país.

Physical characteristics


The Ragdoll it is one of the largest breeds of domestic cats, but it grows slowly and in fits and starts, and does not reach maturity until four years.

Has a kind of body long and mighty. His body is wide and imposing, with a solid bone structure and supported by medium-sized muscular legs that end in legs round and wide. The tail is quite long and tapers slightly towards the tip.

The head forms an equilateral triangle viewed from the front. Profile, the rounded forehead is prolonged with a slide-shaped depression at the nose. The ears are size medium, point forward and end in a rounded shape. The eyes they are big, oval and of an intense blue color that rarely leaves you indifferent.

The fur of the Ragdoll, composed of a sparse undercoat and a medium length topcoat, it is silky and close to the body. Tends to elongate in winter and is densest in the back of the body, and the queue is particularly crowded. What's more, some dogs have a well-developed mane.

The fur tends to be colourpoint (a light color and dark tips), but it can also be gloved or bicolor. In United States, the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association) also allows pattern van, or Seychelles, which is a white individual with a colored tail and head, and spots on the body. The colors allowed by the standards of the different organizations that recognize the breed are the seal, the blue, chocolate, the lilac, red and cream. These colors can be found in tortoiseshell patterns (black and Red) or tabby (striped), lo que da lugar a un gran número de combinaciones posibles y, Therefore, to as many cats with different appearances.

Last, the sexual dimorphism it is very marked, being the male much more imposing than the female.

Size and weight

  • Male height: Of 30 a 35 cm.
  • Female height: 28-32 cm.
  • Male weight: 5-9 kg
  • female weight: 4-7 kg

Breed standard

The breed standards are documents established by official bodies that list the conditions that a dog must meet. Ragdoll to be fully recognized as belonging to the race:

Character and skills

Male Ragdoll, about three years old, with prototypical tabby patterns in the head region – BlackIceNRW, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Docile and devoted, the Ragdoll adora la compañía de su familia y los sigue por toda la casa, greeting them at the door when they arrive. He is a gentle and loving companion, que sólo quiere entrar en el regazo de su amo para darle calor y relajarlo con un montón de ronroneos después de un duro día de trabajo.

Very sociable, no tiene ningún problema en saludar a los invitados. If they take it in their arms, se comporta como lo haría con sus amos: relaja todos sus músculos, which reminds us why it is called “Ragdoll”.

Its quiet character, relaxed and easygoing makes it an excellent choice for a cat breed with children, especially if they have learned to interact with an animal. But even if they are not treated with respect, for example, if they are carried around the house for a long time, it is very rare that they remove their claws. And if there is a cat that is willing to be dressed like a doll and then carried in a stroller, it's the ragdoll. Of course, hay que asegurarse de que el niño no cruza la línea y abusa de su naturaleza indulgente.

It is not a problem of coexistence with other dogs, as long as they don't chase you around the house. It can even live with small rodents or fish, but it is advisable not to tempt the devil: the Ragdoll still a feline, and his hunting instincts can resurface at any moment.

Its flexible and calm personality makes it a cat that adapts well to changes and is capable of living in almost any environment. A move with a cat goes much better if it is a Ragdoll that a race that does not share this quality. The owner can also perfectly consider taking his cat on vacation, without fear that your partner will be completely disoriented and not enjoy the change of scenery. It is also possible to take your cat around your holiday destination on a leash, since it is something that this breed accepts very well.

Despite its impressive size, the Ragdoll adapts perfectly to life in a flat, as long as you have everything you need: the warmth and comfort of a cozy home, the affection of his family and a little space to play. Even if you live in a house and have free access to the outside, it's more of an indoor cat: rara vez sale a explorar el jardín o los alrededores.

On the other hand, su cercanía a los humanos y su paciencia le hacen apto para la amistad con cualquier persona, and turn you into a excellent therapy cat. Su presencia y disposición a interactuar con la gente también significa que puede ser un verdadero consuelo para su dueño cuando está pasando por un momento difícil, and he knows that he has a support in him that he can trust in those circumstances. On the other hand, not for someone who likes to be alone and doesn't want a partner a bit “sticky”, who prefers to opt for a more independent breed.

The Ragdoll is moderately active, but enjoy chasing a cloth mouse, especially because he retains a playful side throughout his life. They are also able to learn some tricks, especially if the owner uses positive reinforcement techniques with praise and treats. What's more, if given the opportunity, they love to play fetch for an object thrown by its owner, como haría un perro. But don't expect him to constantly jump on the kitchen table or climb on furniture.: prefers to run rather than jump and does not venture beyond the living room sofa or bed. Like this, a diferencia de la mayoría de sus compañeros, does not seek a high position to observe its surroundings from above, but choose a place that facilitates contact with your family.

What's more, against a legend, not insensitive to pain, and reacts like any other cat if someone steps on its tail: cries out in pain and then walks away with a reproachful look at the offender.

Last, has a soft and musical voice, but he rarely uses it, except when you order your food.


"Ragdoll cat"

Male Ragdoll of 4 months. Blue mitted with a blaze – CalistaZ, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Ragdoll cat it is a fairly robust breed with few genetic predispositions.

However, you are not immune to certain health problems. Among the possible risks, the most common are:

  • The cardiomiopatía hipertrófica felina, un crecimiento del tejido cardíaco que puede tener graves consecuencias. However, from 2007 there is a DNA test to detect the responsible gene, so serious breeders of Ragdoll have taken all precautions to minimize this risk;
  • Bladder lithiasis, that is to say, stone formation in the bladder;
  • The urolitiasis, what is stone formation in the urethra.

Estas dos últimas condiciones pueden provocar que el gato no pueda orinar, a serious situation that requires the urgent intervention of the veterinarian.

Life expectancy

Of 12 a 15 years


The Ragdoll it is a breed of cat that is easy to care for: the brushed once a week removes dead hairs and knots that may form. This session is usually appreciated by the receiver, who enjoys the attention and caresses he receives.

Although they do not shed excessively (especially because its undercoat is not very abundant), it is advisable to increase the frequency of grooming sessions during their shedding periods, in autumn and spring.

The teeth, los ojos y los oídos también deben ser revisados y mantenidos una vez a la semana para asegurarse de que están limpios y libres de infecciones.

What's more, depending on wear and tear and how often your dog uses the scratching post, its claws need to be trimmed more or less frequently.

Last, keep in mind that, given its size, a large litter box is necessary so that she can turn over without difficulty.



The Ragdoll it does not pose any difficulties in terms of feeding and adapts very well to industrial cat foods available on the market. However, food must be of good quality, adapted to your age and activity level, to provide you with everything you need to stay healthy.

Kittens of this breed can experience large growth spurts, so it is important that they always have food at their disposal to develop properly. This is especially true as they are capable of self-regulation., so the risk of being overweight is very limited. This is not a sign of obesity, sino una característica morfológica normal de la raza.

Adults are also capable of self-regulation and can also have food at all times without this generally posing a problem.

However, your dog's weight should be monitored regularly and a veterinarian should be consulted in the event of a pronounced increase.

¿Cual es el precio de un "Ragdoll cat"?

The price of a kitten Ragdoll round the 1100 euros on average, whether it is a male or a female.

However, this stocking hides a fairly wide range of prices, since it goes from the 600 euros de los gatos con las características más alejadas del estándar hasta los casi 3.000 euros de los ejemplares pertenecientes a un linaje de prestigio y destinados por sus atributos físicos a brillar en las exposiciones felinas.

Interesting data

¿Los “Ragdolls” tienen un sentido del dolor reducido?

Since the Ragdoll hangs limply when caught and lets everything hang over him, some researchers assumed the breed has a lower sense of pain than other cats. Durante algún tiempo, experiments were done on the poor animals. It is even believed that the founder of the breed, Ann Baker, made this claim to better market his breed. At the end, the tests led to the conclusion that there are no differences with other cats.

The “Ragdolls” en las redes sociales

Their funny and clumsy character makes cats Ragdoll be real stars on the internet. Apenas hay una recopilación devídeos divertidos de gatosen la que no aparezca esta raza. The Ragdolls most famous on Instagram are the three cats Lola, Nina and Olan, cuyo día a día puedes seguir bajo el nombre de @ladylolathecat. The three cats live with their owner in a floating house and delight 139.000 suscriptores casi a diario con divertidos vídeos e imágenes.

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