The Ragdoll is believed to be a mix of the Burmese, Birman and Persian breeds, which give it its oriental look. The cat credited as the original Ragdoll was a white cat named Josephine. Ragdolls are, because of this, also know as "daughters of Josephine". The fact that the cat went limp when it was picked up is the reason for its name. The breed was seen as unusually placid for a cat and eventually the name was copyrighted by Ann Baker, only to be used for this breed. The Ragdoll is a medium sized cat with a medium sized head. The ears are of a medium size also and help to make the head look quite triangular. The fur of the Ragdoll makes it look larger than it is.


The Ragdoll is an affectionate cat that is very laid back and relaxed. It is gentle, does not mind being handled and loves the attention of its owners. In contrast to its docile nature, the Ragdoll is actually a very intelligent breed of cat. With socialization, this cat will bond very well with small children and other pets. Some breeders have tried to breed away the limpness and floppyness from the breed as they believe it to be detrimental to the Ragdoll's overall well-being. Like many cats, the Ragdoll is also quite independent from time to time.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 12 pounds (6kg)

    Female: 12 pounds (5-6kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    7-12 years is the average life expectancy.

  • Litter Size

    5 kittens.

  • Grooming

    The coat is easier to care for than you might think. It should be brushed and combed on a daily basis. This will keep knots out of the coat and will discourage hairballs.

  • Recognition