Ragdoll is a breed of domestic cats that appeared thanks to the efforts of the famous American breeder Ann Baker. She contains the features of the Burmese, Persian and Angora types, but, unlike all other cats, is characterized by exceptional complaisance.
What you need to know about the breed
Ragdoll (English Ragdoll - rag doll) - a breed of semi-long-haired cats, bred in the 60s of the last century in the United States. Ragdolls got their unusual name because of a gene mutation, as a result of which their muscle tone is reduced. As a result, they are extremely flexible and soft to the touch, but they should be handled with care: unlike other cats, they are not able to land on their paws, and even falling off the couch is fraught with serious injuries for them. Due to their physical characteristics, ragdolls are never aggressive, on the contrary - the owners on whom they completely depend are the center of the universe for them, and you can hardly find anywhere more docile and loyal cats.
Ragdolls require constant care, but at the same time they are not capricious and very phlegmatic. They get along well with other animals and, if they show aggression against them, they simply leave and do not get involved in a fight.
Representatives of this breed prefer to communicate with people. They have high intelligence, quickly become accustomed to the tray and perfectly understand human speech.
How to choose a real ragdoll
When choosing Ragdoll kittens, it is extremely important to remember that they are all born completely white, and the true color of the cat will appear only at the age of two. In newborns, the eyes open only after two weeks, the sucking period also lasts quite a long time, and it is not worth taking babies away from cats prematurely.
Very often, a representative of ragdolls is passed off as their close relative - a Burmese cat. The reason for this is the similar color with dark markings. Meanwhile, the ragdoll standard is quite strict: its distinctive features, along with a peaceful character, are deep blue wide-set eyes, a wedge-shaped muzzle with chubby cheeks and a middle chin, rounded ears (sometimes with tassels), a long muscular body with a long, slightly pointed tail. Despite some stockiness and muscularity, muscle tone in these cats is always reduced. By and large, to distinguish a real ragdoll, you just need to pick it up.
There are only three color options: color-point (standard), mitted (with white socks, chin and chest) and bicolor (two-tone). Each of the colors can be one of four varieties: "sio", blue, purple or chocolate.