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Ragdoll Cats: An Introduction to the Breed Presented by Dr. Jen’s Ragdolls

4 Feb

Ragdoll cats, as a breed, date back to the 1960s, when breeder Ann Baker first crossed Persian, Birman, and Burmese cats. The result was the first Ragdoll. The mix eventually earned recognition as a legitimate breed by the National Cat Fanciers Association (NCFA) in 1965.

Today, Ragdolls are known for several traits:

—Social behavior with humans. Considered by many to be almost dog-like in demeanor, Ragdoll cats often follow their owners around the house.

—Intelligence. Owners can easily train Ragdolls to prefer sitting in their laps or to engage in many activities often associated with dogs. Some owners have even succeeded in training Ragdolls to fetch.

—Ability to “go limp” when carried. It is from this behavior that Ragdolls get their name, though some breeders note that Ragdolls must be trained to perform this particular feat.

Worldwide, more than 500 people breed Ragdoll cats, though only about 30 continue to breed Ragdolls in solid colors. Most of the rest are pointed in a variety of shades.

About Dr. Jen’s Ragdolls:

Dr. Jen Woll, founder and owner of Dr. Jen’s Ragdolls, has been a veterinarian since 1993 and a breeder of Ragdoll cats since 1994. She lives in Illinois with her family and pets.