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Ragdoll: character, origins, food, health | Cat breed

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Color of the Ragdoll’s coat

The Ragdoll coat is declined in three patterns*:

  • Colourpoint: Light colored dress, with the ends, the mask and the ears in a darker and contrasting color.
  • Gloved (mitted) : Same pattern as the Colourpoint, except that the paws and the chin are white.
  • Bicolor: Characterized by an inverted V-shaped pattern on the forehead. The ears are colored, but the rest of the body is light. The paws, ruff and belly are white.

*There is also the Van pattern, which is distinguished by a coloration only of the top of the head, the ears and the tail. The rest of the body is white.

Did you know?

Ragdoll kittens are born entirely white. It is only during the first months that the color appears slowly, starting with the tip of the nose.

Origins of the Ragdoll

The Ragdoll is a quite recent cat breed. It was created in the 1960’s in California, by a breeder named Ann Baker. The ancestors of all Ragdolls were a white Angora cat named Josephine and a Burmese Sacred cat.

From their coupling, three kittens were born with a relaxed character, extremely sociable and without any nervousness, which pleased Ann Baker.

Because of these characteristics, the woman decided to fix the breed and to name it Ragdoll. Numerous matings between these breeds resulted in the Ragdoll we know today.

The first Ragdoll was officially recognized in 1971 in the United States. The legend says that the Radgoll is descended from a pregnant Persian cat that was hit by a car, but still managed to give birth to a litter of kittens supposedly “insensitive to pain”. Of course, there is no biological basis for this picturesque and completely implausible legend.

The great calm of the Ragdoll is rather the result of a selection of very gentle progenitors.

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