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Why Are Ragdoll Cats Called Ragdolls?

Why Are Ragdoll Cats Called Ragdolls?

The name ‘ragdoll’ is derived from the breed’s famous founder Josephine, a white Persian/Angora cat. She was bred by a Persian breeder from Riverside in California, and was a descendant of Ann Baker, a famous breeder of longhaired cats. Read on to learn more about her and this breed’s history.

Ragdolls are a breed of cat that is known for its calm temperament and tendency to go limp when picked up.

Ragdolls are called ragdolls because they were bred from a mix of cats with similar traits, such as the Turkish Angora and the Persian.


Angora cats originated in Turkey, and are registered with the International Cat Association and the Fanciers’ Association of American Small Animals. Turkish Angoras are distinguished by their elegant coat, which varies in length. The longest hair is found on the ruff that surrounds the neck, the “britches” that form the upper hind legs, and the plumed tail. Turkish Angoras are available in a variety of solid colors and patterns.

The origins of the Ragdoll breed are murky, with legends and outlandish stories about how they were created. Some say that a genetically altered cat created the Ragdoll’s traits. Others say that a breeder in California, Ann Baker, developed the Ragdoll by mating an Angora type cat named Josephine with a Persian cat called Blackie. The resulting offspring had distinct personality and temperament.

Although these cats are not blind, they are very friendly and affectionate. They like to follow their owners, but rarely show aggression. The breed enjoys human attention and will sit for hours waiting for their humans to return. It is important to keep in mind that ragdolls are friendly and outgoing, and so should be handled with caution. When out in the yard, they should wear a harness.

Ragdolls are also called colorpoints or lynx point Angoras. They have white ear lines and are typically tabby. Torties and tortoiseshells have mottled or parti-colored markings. They have a unique combination of colors. However, most ragdolls have blue eyes. If you’re looking for a beautiful and gentle pet, Angoras are a great choice.


The ‘ragdoll’ name is a nickname given to a cat by the International Cat Association. The cats are small in size, but have large, round eyes and are very distinctive. Their coloration is determined by the gene that creates point coloration, and the deeper blues of a Ragdoll are preferred in cat shows. Some ragdolls are colorpoint, with one color on the face and legs, while others are bicolor and have large patches of white on the back and abdomen. This pattern is known as ‘van pattern’ when the cat has excessive amounts of white on its body.

ragdoll cats large eyes
ragdoll cats large eyes

A ragdoll cat’s large eyes and long fur make it easy to identify them. Ann Baker named the breed in the 1960s, because of their placid disposition and love of humans. These cats are friendly and easygoing, and are great pets for elderly people and families with quiet children. They don’t require extensive grooming and don’t cause kitty energy.

If you are planning to adopt a ragdoll kitten, it’s important to do your homework before choosing one. Some breeders may have issues, and you’ll want to make sure to adopt from a registered breeder. Check out the litter’s socialization with each other and choose your kitten based on the way they interact with each other. You should remember that even a ragdoll is not guaranteed to go limp unless it gets to know you a little.

The ‘ragdoll’ name came about when Ann Baker bred a half-feral Persian cat, Josephine. The first kittens she produced were called ‘josie’ and became very floppy. Since then, the name has become synonymous with ‘josie’ and ‘jojoe’. The name is protected by copyright. Other breed associations are not allowed to use the name.

Ann Baker

Ragdolls are a popular breed of cat. Unlike other cats, they are not shy or aggressive towards humans. Often, a Ragdoll will play fetch and trot on its owner’s heels for kitty-cuddles. Because of their floppy bodies, ragdolls make great pets for younger children. Moreover, they are also a great choice for households with other pets.

Unlike many other breeds, ragdolls grow to full maturity at three to four years of age. Although they are born white, their color will gradually change as they mature. The only exception is the mink ragdoll, which is born with a creamy brown color. This color will develop over the course of about two years. If you are considering getting a Ragdoll, be sure to read the breed’s information before adopting it.

Ragdolls are generally quiet, docile companion cats. Their gentle, affectionate disposition makes them ideal for families with children, and they don’t require excessive attention. Unlike other breeds, ragdolls don’t require high levels of maintenance and are ideal for indoor cats. They make good pets for older adults, seniors, and families with children who are less active and less vocal.

There are many reasons that make a Ragdoll cat a popular pet. They’re curious, cuddly, and incredibly affectionate. While Ragdolls require little grooming, they do shed their coats in response to the changing seasons. They do, however, require regular combing with a steel comb. The semi-long coat of a Ragdoll is soft, silky, and lustrous. However, unlike many other breeds, Ragdolls don’t have a thick undercoat. In addition to the short, fluffy guard hairs, they don’t have a dense undercoat.

Josephine’s descendant

The origin of the Ragdoll breed is often questioned. The first of these myths has to do with the ‘white’ cat Josephine, who was developed by Ann Baker in the 1960s. This white cat had points, like the Angora. The breed was named after Josephine because she was a free-range, Angora-like cat that gave birth to healthy kittens. Her descendants were non-matting, loving, and sturdy.

Josephine was a regular domestic long-haired cat of unknown Angora or Persian ancestry, and her subsequent litter produced a litter of kittens with unusually docile characteristics. Ann Baker purchased several of these kittens, and began breeding them carefully. These kittens would eventually become the Ragdoll. Although the sires were unknown, many of Josephine’s descendants are now known to be ragdolls.

Ann Baker and her fathers mated Josephine’s offspring to create a new breed. Those kittens were later named Ragdolls, and the first legitimate Ragdoll cats are believed to be her descendants. However, her story varies depending on who tells the story. For instance, one legend suggests that Josephine was intentionally crossed with a Birman. A different version of this story claims that her offspring are called Daddy Warbucks.

The name Ragdoll was patented in December 1975 by Ann Baker, who wanted the breed to be protected. The breed was categorized as a “type” of cat, and the name was trademarked by the International Ragdoll Cat Association. After this, Baker sold a number of her kittens to other breeders and established an association. She also began franchising catteries that had bought her cats.

Josephine’s descendants

Ragdoll cats are a breed of small cat, descended from Josephine, who was born into a cattery. The name is derived from the name of the cat, which was given to its breeder by a university professor. They differ in their coat color and behavior. Ragdolls are tame and sweet, while Honey Bears are aloof and affectionate.

ragdoll cats are a breed of small cat
ragdoll cats are a breed of small cat

The earliest recorded history of this breed dates back to the early 1960s, when a feral cat named Josephine was killed in Riverside, California. Ann Baker rescued her and raised her docile kittens, and she later bred some of her descendants. She thought that the car accident had altered Josephine’s genes and thus resulted in a remarkably docile cat.

The IRCA became involved in ragdoll cat breeding in the United States in 1975, and has tried to find a compromise for the breed. Since then, they have renamed the non-compliant breed as “Hobby Cats.” They’ve tried to reach an agreement with the 38 people and cat associations that ruined the original breed. The IRCA claims that a breed cannot be two different breeds. The Association also claims that it’s impossible to run a breeding program that can produce two different types of cats. The IRCA has decided to protect the new breeds by trademarking.

The earliest ragdolls are not very well understood. There’s a great deal of mystery surrounding Josephine. Some believe that she was part of a genetic experiment conducted by the government. But there is more to this story than meets the eye. The breed is a product of Ann Baker’s efforts. It was a cat that was ordinary at first, but later gave birth to a litter of kittens that were friendly and healthy.



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