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Origin: United States

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Affectionateness: High

Compatibility with Children: High

Compatibility with Other Pets: High

Grooming: Low

United States
Semi longhair, plush coat; no undercoat.
Ragdolls are pointed - their bodies are lighter in color than their face, legs, tail and ears. The colors of the points are solid, lynx, tortie or torbie. The six body colors are seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red and cream. Ragdolls also come in four patterns, which are bi-color, van, mitted and colorpoint.
Special considerations: 
Physical Characteristics: Medium to large in size - they can weigh up to 20 pounds (9 kg). They have blue eyes and a bushy tail.

Ragdolls were developed in the 1960s by breeder Ann Baker. She took a domestic longhair, Josephine, found in her Riverside, California, neighborhood, and bred her to various other cats. Their name derives from the breed's tendency to relax - or even go limp - when picked up and held.

Ragdolls are affectionate and intelligent, and they are willing to supply an endless amount of love to their owners. Their larger size and sweet personality have earned them the nickname "gentle giants." They have a laid-back, docile demeanor, a quiet voice, and can be slow to mature. They offer an intimate, loyal relationship that few breeds of cat can provide. With reward-based training, the playful Ragdoll can be taught tricks, including retrieving toys, learning how to shake hands and sitting up on command.
At home: 
The breed is considered the ultimate "cat." They are well behaved and easy to care for. Ragdolls are very interested in their owners. In fact, it's been noted that Ragdolls have a puppy-like tendency to follow their owners from room to room and greet them at the door. Because they are less independent than other cats, they crave attention. Ragdolls are not aggressive and so need to be kept indoors, as they are not likely to defend themselves against other animals.
Feed a high-quality cat food. They often do well with a small amount of canned food in the morning and evening and dry food left out all day to nibble on. Foods rich in omega fatty acids will result in a shiny, healthy coat.
Ragdolls are perfect for a family looking for a mellow pet. They are more sociable than some other cats and usually do well with children and other pets.
The life span of the Ragdoll is 15 to 20 years. Generally a healthy breed, although hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been reported in some lines.
Fun fact: 

Since the 1930s, the Algonquin Hotel in New York City keeps a Ragdoll in its lobby. Males are named Hamlet, and females, Matilda.

Grooming blurb: 
Ragdolls need less grooming than longhaired cats like Persians. They also tend to mat less than cats with dense undercoats. Occasional combing with a steel comb will keep their soft, rabbit-like fur in shape.
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