The origins of the Ragdoll
The Ragdoll breed (“rag doll” in French) was born in the 60s in California. Fruit of the cross between the Sacred Birman and a Persian Angora cat, it is to the breeder of Persians Ann Baker that we owe this particularly affectionate and peaceful breed. More elaborate crosses then gave birth to the Ragdoll breed as it is known today. And it was during the 1970s that the Ragdoll was officially recognized by the various reference feline authorities in the United States, including the famous TICA (The International Cat Association). A very popular breed in the country, the Ragdoll has gradually been exported, especially to Europe. It was in 1986 that the breed was introduced in France.
The Ragdoll physique
- size: from 33 cm to 38 cm (male) or from 30 cm to 35 cm (female);
- weight: 3 to 9 kg (male) or 3 to 8 kg (female);
- hair: medium-long and silky;
- hair colors: red, cream, light gray, colourpoint (darker ends);
- head shape: triangular with rounded contours;
- eye shape and color: large, oval and always blue in color;
- shape of the ears: wide at the base, their ends are rounded;
- other particularities: a very long rectangular body.
The character of the Ragdoll
The sweetness of the Ragdoll is one of its main character traits. Discreet and very affectionate, he appreciates the tranquility of his home. The Ragdoll is the indoor cat par excellence. He enjoys the company of children towards whom he is particularly patient. On the other hand, he does not support the surrounding agitation and tumult.
The health of the Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is a feline breed with fairly solid health. Two diseases particularly affect this breed: HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) and PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease). Regarding HCM (or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in French), studies conducted by the ANTAGEN laboratory on HCM-C have shown that 20% of Ragdolls carry this mutation. If all felines do not develop the disease, early detection makes it possible to adapt the living conditions of the Ragdoll carrier and to avoid a fatal form of the disease. The symptoms are varied: breathing difficulties, reduced exercise, fatigue, cardiac arrhythmias…
PKD (or autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease in French) is a kidney disease characterized by the formation of cysts in the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure. The disease can easily be detected by the veterinarian by carrying out an ultrasound of the kidneys in order to adopt an adequate treatment. It results in increased thirst, loss of appetite and digestive abnormalities. The Ragdoll lives on average between 12 and 17 years.
The price of the Ragdoll
The price of a Ragdoll varies between 600 and 1800 € for a male and between 650 and 2500 € for a female. It depends in particular on its sex and the pedigree of the parents. Its annual cost varies between 500 and 800 €.