Ragdoll cat photo gallery and image credits for pictures of the breed. View images or add your own Ragdoll photos to the site.
Matilda the Ragdoll Cat in her native environment: at The Algonquin Hotel in New York City
Photo Credit: Press Photo Algonquin Hotel, NYC
Mindy, a lilac tortie Ragdoll cat.
Photo Credit: Public domain
Mork, a blue colorpoint Ragdoll cat.
Photo credit: Public domain
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In the 1960s, Ann Baker was developing a new cat breed in California based on a white Persian named Josephine. Josephine is sometimes alternatively described as a white angora or longhair. Wikipedia describes her as a "nonpedigreed white domestic longhaired cat."
After quite a bit of breeding, the result is a beautiful, friendly and docile, semi-longhair with a non-matting coat, in many color and point variations. The Ragdoll is one of the largest domestic cat breeds.
Early on, rumor and speculation about the actual origin of the breed caused difficulty in official acceptance. This was compounded by tales of genetic alterations as well as legal issues. Breeders formed more than one association and line, one of which eventually became a similar looking cat, the Ragamuffin.