Information on ragdoll colours/history

Photo from owner means that I got the photo from the person who brought the cat from us:) If it doesn’t have that, assume that the kitten/cat is living here or the photo was taken at Sapphiredolls.

Here are some examples of what each colour/ bi colour looks like.

Blue point

Blue bi-colour

Seal point

Seal bi-colour

Chocolate point

Chocolate bi-colour

Lilac point

Lilac bi-colour

Seal point tortie

Note that torties are always females.

Seal tortie bi-colour

Note that torties are always females. All photos from owner.

Blue tortie bi-colour

Red point

Red points are generally always male, rarely ever females. All photos from owner

Cream bi-colour

Patterns

Blue tabby point

Blue tabby bi-colour

Seal tabby point

Seal tabby bi colour

Chocolate tabby

Lilac tabby point

What Is A Ragdoll ?

Ragdoll cats are mostly known for their large size, their bright sparkling blue eyes, a semi-long silky rabbit-like fur, and a docile and people loving personality. They say Ragdoll cats act more like dogs than cats.

Ragdolls are so easy going and affectionate, they tend to follow you around the house all the time and they act like they have been friends with everybody for years. They greet you when you come home, they can easily be voice trained and they love to be close to people or their family members.

While some breeds can be traced back hundreds or thousands of years, Ragdoll cats only date back to the early 1960s. Ragdoll cats acquired their name because, when held, they go limp and become completely relaxed and floppy, like a feline ragdoll.

SOME HISTORY OR MYTH

The exact history of the origin of Ragdolls remains uncertain. Much has already been written about the history of Ragdolls and some debate and mystery still surround the beginnings of the breed, to say the least. The myth goes like this:

Back in the early 1960’s, a pregnant white cat called Josephine was injured in an accident involving a car. Josephine was a Persian or Angora type of cat and had litters sired by several unknown male Birman cats, one of which had the Siamese point coloration.

After Josephine recovered from her injuries, she produced kittens that were so relaxed and more trusting than any other had seen before. People linked this easygoing temperament to the car accident, but none of these claims has been found to have any basis in fact.

When the subsequent litter produced more of the same, Ann Baker, a close neighbor, believing it was something special, purchased several kittens from the owner, and set out to create what is now known as the Ragdoll.

Despite the car myth, it is a fact that it was Ann Baker who started the breeding program in Riverside, California in 1963. The breed was selectively bred over many years for desirable traits, such as their wonderful temperaments, beautiful coats, gorgeous blue eyes and the striking pointed coloration.

The first Ragdoll left the States in 1981 and eleven years later the first Ragdoll (bi-color) of the breed was officially accepted by the Fife (Federation Internationale Feline), soon followed by the colorpoint version in 1997 and the mitted in 1999.

In fact, the name Ragdoll was given by the original breeder Ann Baker in the 1960’s and was so named for its captivating tendency to go limp like a child’s toy when held in human arms.