Ragdoll history

The history of the Ragdoll begins in California with a lady whose name was Mrs Ann Baker. Her neighbour Mrs Pennel owned a white long-haired cat, which was called “Josephine”. Ann Baker was very interested in Josephine and asked Mrs Pennel to let her mate Josephine with a Birman and keep the kittens for herself. Josephine had had several litters before, in which the kittens had been very big with blue eyes and semi-long haired. In the litter with the Birman were two males, Daddy Warbucks and Geuber, and these two were the first Ragdolls; even though the name “Ragdoll” was not given to them yet. The two males were what we now call “mitted”.

Mrs Baker decided to mate back Daddy Warbucks to Josephine, as she thought that it was something special with these two males. The result was a female called Fugianna and she was a seal bicolour. If there were any more kittens in that litter with Fugianna, we do not know because Fugianna is the only one that is described and from her we have the line that is given the name “lightside”. Ann Baker contacted some geneticists and together they created a breeding program to continue developing the race. To prevent more inbreeding they decided to mix another breed in the program, and they decided for a brown Burmese. In some stories about the Ragdoll a black Persian is mentioned, but in the genealogical tree that every Ragdoll could discover, it is described “Burmese”.

Another thing that prooves that is that Ann Baker gave the cats in that line Asian names such as Kyoto, Tiki, Toy Ling, Woo Wong, et.c, to compare with the Burmese ancestors which had such names. Anyhow, the Burmese was mated to Daddy Warbucks and the result was a seal colourpoint female, Buckwhet. She was mated back to her father and they got Kyoto, a seal mitted male, and Tiki, a seal colourpoint female. Tiki is first mother in the line called “darkside”. All these cats are registrated in the cattery name “Raggedy Ann”. Ann Baker started to market her cats, and she called them Ragdolls, but she was very strict with her buyers and forbid them to breed Ragdolls unless she gave them a “licence” to breed, and they must follow her rules and directions. One breeder, Mr Denny Dayton- Blossom Time Cattery- did not share Mrs Bakers opinions in what way the Ragdoll should be bred and after a quarrel in court and in media, he started to breed them in the way he thought was the right way to go further with the breed. The Blossom Time Cattery and Denny Dayton has made the Ragdoll well-known all over the world. Denny Dayton started “Ragdoll Fanciers Club International (RFCI) which has the purpose to get the Ragdoll approved as a breed in the different American cat associations. He also started to write the big genealogical tree in which all Ragdolls could be traced. The work in the RCFI has resulted in that all American cat associations has now approved the Ragdoll. The first association was NCFA in 1969 and in the spring of 1993 the CFA, which is the biggest and most important association

Source: Scandinavian Ragdoll Club, written by Christine Landin

The Ragdoll’s personality and development

A Ragdoll is a beautiful, affectionate and loving companion. Many people have compared their Ragdoll’s personality to that of a lovel canine. Ragdolls are eager to interact and their are numerous accounts of Ragdolls fetching their favorite toy, learning how to shake hands and sitting up of command. The Ragdolls personallity is warm and friendly. Ragdolls want to be with you all the time. Ragdolls need lots of attention and are wonderful lap warmers.

The males grow to be quit big, up to fifteen pounds and sometimes larger, while the females in general is much smaller. It´s a splendid familycat and it also enjoys the company of other animals. It talks a lot but isn´t as loud as for instance the siames. A Ragdoll likes to be in the center and even if it can be left alone during the days it is happiest when it´s got company. The Ragdoll will come to the door and welcome you when you get home and he loves to be the first to say hello when you´ve got guests.

General Appearance

The Ragdoll is a firm, large cat with a medium to strongly boned muscular body. Solid in the overall appearance

Size: Large

Head Shape: Medium size, broad modified wedge with the appearance of a flat plane between the ears

Nose: The nose should show a slight curve in the upper third 

Cheeks: Cheeks well developed, tapering to a rounded well developed, medium long muzzle and a well-developed chin

Ears Shape: Medium size, broad at the base, with rounded tips. Placement: Set wide on the skull with a slight tilt forward

: Shape large and oval outer edge of the eye aperture to be level with the base of the ears. Colour: blue, the more intensive the better, in relation to the body colour

Neck: short and strong

Body Structure: Long body, medium to strong bone structure, muscular.

Chest: broad and well developed. Muscular and heavier in the hindquarters. The mature cat is as broad at shoulders as it is at the hindquarters.

Legs: Medium in length and of medium to strong bone. Hind legs to be slightly higher than the front, giving the line of the back a slightly forward tilt in appearance.

Paws: large, round and compact, tufted between the toes

Tail: Long, medium broad at the base, slightly tapered towards the tip and in proportion to the body well furnished, bushy

Coat Structure: medium long, dense, soft and silky texture, lying with the body and breaking as the cat moves longest around the neck and framing the outer edge of the face giving the appearance of a bib short on the face increasing in length from the top of the head to the shoulders down the back medium to long on the sides, belly and hindquarters short to medium long on the front legs

Colour: for recognised colour varieties refer to table below

Remarks: females noticeably smaller than males.
male jowls should be taken into consideration
development is slow.
Faults Head narrow head
Nose stop, roman nose
Ears large or small ears.
pointed ears.
Eyes almond in shape
Neck too long and too thin neck
Body cobby body
Legs short legs.
splayed toes.
lack of tufting.
Tail short tail.
blunt tip.
Coat short coat (seasonal)
Disqualification Eyes other than blue eyes

Scale of PointsHead:

general shape, nose, forehead, cheeks and muzzle, jaw and teeth, chin shape and size of the eyes 20
Ears shape and placement 5
Eye colour 5
Body shape, size, bone structure 20
Legs and Paws length of legs, shape of paws 5
Tail shape and length 5
colour and pattern 25
quality and texture, length 10
Condition 5
Total 100

Recognized Colour VarietiesColour EMS Code :

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Red/Cream colourpoint RAG n/a/b/c/d/e 

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac tortie colourpoint RAG f/g/h/j 

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Red/Cream tabby colourpoint RAG n/a/b/c/d/e 21

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac tortie tabby colourpoint RAG f/g/h/j 21 

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Red/Cream bicolour RAG n/a/b/c/d/e 03

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac tortie bicolour RAG f/g/h/j 03 

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Red/Cream tabby bicolour RAG n/a/b/c/d/e 21 03 

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac tortie tabby bicolour RAG f/g/h/j 21 03 

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac/Red/Cream mitted RAG n/a/b/c/d/e 04 

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac tortie mitted RAG f/g/h/j 04 

Seal/Blue/Chocolate/Lilac tortie tabby mitted RAG f/g/h/j 21 04

Coat Colourpoint colour of points: ears, mask, legs and tail to be well defined and in harmony with the body colour
Bi-color Points: – ears, mask and tail – to be well defined. The mask to have an inverted white “V”. Body colour is to be a shade lighter than the points; with or without white spots on the back. Belly white and without spots. Preference is given to white legs.
Mitted Points (except paws, chin and the possible white stripe/markings on the bridge of the nose up to the forehead) and body colour as in the Colourpoint, well defined and in harmony with the body colour. White stripe extends from the bib and runs down the underside between the front legs to the base of the tail.
Bi-color Nose leather: Pink
Faults Colourpoint coat: any white spot
ears: white on the ears tail: white on the tail

Source: Scandinavian RagdollClub