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The Ragdoll is a large breed that is 3 times larger than some of the other breeds. It has a large frame and long, soft, silky coat that feels like rabbit's fur. Its temperament is extremely docile, low-maintenance and laid back. They have the propensity to go limp or relaxed when picked up.

Ragdolls came from a Persian cat breeder in California back in the 1960s. The Ragdoll's origin is somewhere down the line between a Persian or Angora and several unknown cats. It is very likely that one of the fathers was a Siamese or Burmese with point coloration due to the colorpoint coat that Ragdolls are distinctive for. Their tendency to limp and relax when picked up is due to a genetic mutation. Some theory suggests that the breeder's cat was genetically altered during a medical treatment after being hit by a car which granted Ragdoll the ability to block pain when picked up. However, the theory is rejected by the scientific community.

Ragdolls have semi-long haired or long-haired coat that is color-pointed which means their legs, ears, and tail are darker than their torso.  Their body is large, muscular with 4 sturdy, strong legs proportionate to the body. Male ragdolls can weigh between 12 and 20 lbs where female ragdolls can grow from 8 to 15 lbs. The shade of their eyes is in intense blue. Though their coat is plushy and puffy, they lack a thick undercoat which helps them prevent shedding and matting.

The Ragdoll is best known for its docile and laid back nature. They are extremely calm and gentle, thus would get along with children, adults and other cats very well. Ragdolls are intelligent, affectionate and loving. They prefer spending ample amount of time being with their owners. They are perhaps the most mellow cat breed and often refuse to fight when attacked. As a result, ragdolls should not be an outdoor cat.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragdoll

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