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Ragdoll

Ragdoll

Easy To Get Along With

Easygoing, Gentle, Loyal

Ragdolls are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Ragdolls, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Ragdoll and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Large, powerful, long, muscular Coat:Semi-long, silky, plush

Length of fur
4

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.

Dental: Ragdolls have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is affectionate and easygoing, an excellent companion for the whole family.

Positive Traits:

  • Doesn’t need much exercise
  • Good with children and other pets
  • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with
  • Docile and devoted

Negative Traits:

  • Long coat needs to be brushed regularly
  • Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly

Whether you are considering adding a new Ragdoll to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Ragdoll will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Ragdoll you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Ragdoll could encounter:

  • Heart Disease
  • Arterial Thromboembolism

Ragdolls were developed in the 1960’s by a breeder in California, who sought after cats with a specific look and docile temperament to create the breed. Their soft, medium length coat comes in six colors: seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream. Mild-mannered and friendly, Ragdolls get along well with children and other pets. Ragdolls are one of the largest cat breeds and tend to spend most of their time on the floor, instead of in high places.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Ragdoll shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
  • Sudden hind leg weakness or paralysis, labored breathing, collapse, weakness on one side of the body
  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.

    Dental: Ragdolls have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is affectionate and easygoing, an excellent companion for the whole family.

    Positive Traits:

    • Doesn’t need much exercise
    • Good with children and other pets
    • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with
    • Docile and devoted

    Negative Traits:

    • Long coat needs to be brushed regularly
    • Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly
  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Ragdoll to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Ragdoll will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Ragdoll you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Ragdoll could encounter:

    • Heart Disease
    • Arterial Thromboembolism
  • History

    Ragdolls were developed in the 1960’s by a breeder in California, who sought after cats with a specific look and docile temperament to create the breed. Their soft, medium length coat comes in six colors: seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream. Mild-mannered and friendly, Ragdolls get along well with children and other pets. Ragdolls are one of the largest cat breeds and tend to spend most of their time on the floor, instead of in high places.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Ragdoll shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
    • Sudden hind leg weakness or paralysis, labored breathing, collapse, weakness on one side of the body

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