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Ragdoll Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
The area where the animal first came from
North America
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
122cm (48in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
9kg (35lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
14 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, White, Fawn, Brown, Golden, Lilac
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Affectionate, calm and friendly

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Ragdoll Location

Map of Ragdoll Locations
Map of North America


The Ragdoll cat has emerged in North America as mixed cat breeding has become more popular. The ragdoll cat is usually part Burmese, Birman, Javanese, Siamese and Persian cat or any of these combinations.

The Ragdoll cat is known to be one of the larger species of domestic cat and commonly have a slightly larger tummy than other cats, along with a rounded body and short limbs.

The Ragdoll cat is normally white in colour with the distinctive Siamese cat style brown markings. The ragdoll cat often inherits the long hair and blue eyes from the Persian and Birman cats but this is not always the case.

The Ragdoll cat is most well known for its calm and affectionate temperament, and its generally easy-going nature. The Ragdoll cat is a relaxed and gentle feline that is also well known for its intelligence.

The Ragdoll cat is named so because of the way in which the Ragdoll breed is often found to be easy to handle, even said to turn floppy when picked up. Ragdoll cats are known to be much more chilled-out and friendly compared to other domestic breeds.

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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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