The Ragdoll is a hybrid breed originally resulting from the mating of a White Persian and a Seal Point Birman. The resulting progeny was then mated to a sable Burmese, thereby establishing the Ragdoll lines in the 1960's.
The Ragdoll is a large, heavy boned cat, with a full chest. Males weigh in the neighbourhood of 15 to 20 pounds. They are graced with large, oval, blue eyes, and medium-sized ears which are set high on a modified, wedge shaped head. The nose is twice as long as it is wide, with a gentle break.
The coat texture is thick, soft and silky, longest arround the neck, short on the face and increasing in length from the head down through the shoulder blades and back.
Originally, Ragdolls were only accepted in seal, blue, chocolate and lilas point in three divisions: bi-colour, colourpoint or mitted. Recently the Canadian Cat Association voted to include lynx, flame, tortie and their related colours in the colour standard.
Quiet, gentle and affectionate, these people-loving cats are called the Ragdoll because when picked up they tend to become limp - just like a rag doll!
Breed Secretary: Charmayne Gillissie email