Cat Breeds: The Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll catThe Ragdoll cat may well be considered the gentle giant of domestic cats.  They take up to four years to mature, with adult males weighing in at 15-20 pounds and females 10-15 pounds.

This breed originated in the 1960’s, and there’s been a lot of disagreement surrounding its roots.  Some claim the Ragdoll is descended from a Persian-Birman cross, while others believe them to be a cross of feral males with a Persian female.

Their name comes from the fact they go limp like a ragdoll when carried because they’re so relaxed.


This breed has a long, muscular body and large, round blue eyes.  Ragdoll cats have a beautiful silky long coat that feels similar to rabbit fur.  Daily brushing will prevent matting of their coat.

Ragdoll Cat Personality

The Ragdoll cat is a very docile breed that gets along very well with children and other pets.  This breed is so docile that it’s important children do not play rough with them, as it’s said Ragdolls will not defend themselves, even if attacked.

They love being with their people, are very social and easy to train.  They’re very affectionate, playful and have a deceptively soft voice for their size.

Unlike many cat breeds, Ragdolls don’t have a desire to be in high places, but prefer to be close to their people.

Because of their docile nature, it’s highly recommended that Ragdolls be indoor only cats to keep them safe.

Health Problems

Two health problems most noted in the Ragdoll cat are:

  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart disease associated with thickening of the heart’s outer muscle
  • Feline Mucopolysaccharidosis.  This is a gene mutation associated primarily with Ragdolls of Australian descent.  This condition can lead to vision problems and if untreated may lead to mobility problems or paralysis.  If thinking about getting a Ragdoll from a breeder, check to be sure the kittens have been screened for this condition.

If you’re looking for a cat that’s mellow, playful and loves to hang out with his humans, be sure to check out a Ragdoll!


Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.