RAGDOLL BASIC INFORMATION
In general, ragdoll cats are large, long-haired cats. They are known for their friendly temperaments and are dog-like in their devotion. They are affectionate with children as well as other pets. They adore attention and being active, but they are also happy to sit in laps and purr.
Ragdolls come in 6 different colors - seal, chocolate, flame, and the "dilutes" blue, lilac and cream. There are three different patterns:
Pointed - One color darkening at the extremities (nose, ears)
Mitted - Same as pointed, but with white paws and tummy. With or without a blaze--a white line on the face),
Bicolor - White legs, white inverted 'V' on the face, white tummy and often white patches on the back.
In the 1960s a non-pedigreed white longhaired cat named Josephine, who had produced several litters of cats, was injured in a car accident. She was taken to a lab at the University of California. Josephine was a mix, born of a Persian/Angora mom and fathered by either a male Birman or Burmese cat, one of which must have had Siamese coloration. When Josephine recovered, her next litter created friendly kittens. When the next litter produced more of the same, Ann Baker (a cat breeder) purchased several kittens, and set out to create the Ragdoll. The breed was selectively bred over many years for desirable traits, such as size, gentle demeanor, and a tendency to go limp when picked up, as well as the striking pointed coloration.
Baker trademarked the name "Ragdoll," set up her own registry—International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA)—and set up stringent standards. In 1975, a group led by Denny Dayton broke rank with IRCA. This group eventually developed the Ragdoll standard currently accepted by cat registries.
If you’d like to know more about Ragdoll cats and, specifically, rescued cats, check out:
Purebred Cat Breed Rescue: http://purebredcatbreedrescue.org/ragdoll.htm
Rescue Me: http://ragdoll.rescueme.org/