The Rag doll, so named because of how he responds to being picked up, is also a breed known for his love of people.
While he might not be a particularly old breed,the Rag doll is a unique breed of cat with a fascinating history.
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The Rag doll is a young cat breed. He was created in Riverside, California, in1963. Cat Breeder Ann Baker wanted a large cat with a beautiful, long coat and gentle personality. List of the dry Kitten Food Reviews
Baker took a stray domestic long haired white female that was found running wild in her neighborhood and bred her with another long-haired cat. Nobody knows just which cat breeds Baker used to make the Rag doll but some guesses are Bir man, Burmese, or Persian.
The result, however, was the Rag doll.The breed’s popularity quickly caught on,but it also became a source of controversy.
Ann Baker invented wild myths about the breed’s origins and created her own registry called the International Rag doll Cat Association.
She wanted to enforce strict standards and even went so far as to trademark the name “Rag doll” so it could only be used with cats at her registry. Her organization, the IRCA is still in existence today but is quite small, particularly since Baker’s death in 1997.
IRCA cats are not recognized by any major cat breed organization or cat show, though some IRCA cats have been registered as “Ragamuffin”cats.
This breed is the center of several urban myths, most of which were started by Ann Baker. Miss Baker claimed that the Rag doll was impervious to pain and never gets scared.
She also said that Rag dolls were genetically modified alien hybrids. Josephine, one of her first cats used for breeding, was in a car accident.
Baker insisted that the people who treated the injured kitty altered her DNA, hence the out-of-this-world connection. We can assume that Miss Baker took crazy cat lady to new levels.
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Many people love the Rag doll because he goes limp when you pick him up, just like a Rag doll.
He loves to be held and cuddled, and he’s one of the most affectionate cat breeds.
Rag dolls thrive on human companionship, and,unlike some other felines, love being held. And according to several sources, he behaves more like a dog than a cat. He’s even been known to play fetch.
And like dogs, he loves stuffed animals and little toys which he will carry from room to room. He’s a heavyweight among cats.
According to the Cat Fanciers’ Association,the male Ragdoll typically weighs between 15 and 20 pounds and the female between 10and 15 pounds. At that weight, the Rag doll is slightly larger than other feline heavyweights like the Maine Coon, which can weigh up to 18 pounds, and the Norwegian Forest Cat, which can weigh up to 16 pounds.
His massive size and the fact that he loves being held could be a source of a daily upper body workout.
His bright blue eyes are one of the breeds signature features.
But, although most sports the brilliantly blue eyes for which the Rag doll is famous, not all do. His eyes can sometimes be a blue-green ora golden color depending on the coat variation of the Rag doll cat. Rag doll kittens are born with blue eyes, which can then either deepen, lighten or change to a different color as the kitten ages.
Aside from his plush fur and large body, the Ragdoll is known for his color-pointed coat.
The Rag doll also comes in a variety of shades,ranging from seal (brown) and blue to red and cream.
Variations like tortoiseshell and tabby markings are also common.
The Rag doll comes in several patterns, including color point (no white on his coat), bi color, and mitted (meaning he has white “mittens”on his paws).
Like the Siamese, the Rag doll is born pale,and his coat gradually darkens into his permanent hues as he grows older.
In 1975 a husband and wife team, Denny and Laura Dayton, took a breeding pair of IRCA Rag dolls and began breeding the currently favored Ragdoll standard.
The standard they developed was eventually accepted by major cat organizations such as the Cat Fanciers Association and the Fédération Internationale Féline.
The largest international Rag doll association is the Rag doll Fanciers’ Club International.
The historic Algonquin Hotel in New York Citystarted a tradition of a resident cat when a stray named Rusty wandered into the landmarkhotel in the 1930s.
The hotel’s owner decided to adopt the cat and renamed him, Hamlet.
Over the decades, there have been 10 resident cats, with seven males and three females.
Since 2011, the reigning residential feline is a Rag doll named Matilda III, who took over the position from Matilda II, another Rag doll.
Matilda III came to the hotel after she was found abandoned outside the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York.
She has the run of the entire hotel, except the dining areas and the kitchen, and even hosts an annual charity event in the form of a cat fashion show.
The Rag doll is fascinated by water.
All forms of water hold his interest, but he is especially intrigued by the sound of running water.
Unlike many other cat breeds, the Rag doll may try to join you in bath or shower time.
Our general overview of the Rag doll: The Rag doll gets along very well with children,as he doesn’t mind being pet, cuddled and held.
His docile demeanor makes him easygoing, and he even gets along with other cats and cat-friendly dogs.
He is sometimes referred to as a “puppy cat”because of his canine-like behavior, which includes following people from room to room and fetching toys that are thrown for him.
Despite the controversy of his origins and that he might be an alien, he’s highly recommended as a family-friendly pet.Want more fun, fauna facts? Go ahead and smash that subscribe button and hit the notification icon to not miss a single fact.
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