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Ragdoll Cat Breed Profile

Weight 10-22 lbs (4.5-10 kg)
Origin USA
Color Black, brown, red; multi-colored
Fur Medium length, silky
Lifespan 10-15 years
Personality Likes learning tricks, polite, playful, affectionate

Ragdoll Photo: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock

Breed Characteristics

The Ragdoll is a very gentle, large cat with brilliant, light blue eyes. They have one particularly special characteristic: when you lift up a Ragdoll cat, it will let its body go limp like a ragdoll. That’s where the name came from.

Personality and Temperament

The Ragdoll is one of the few cats that loves to travel! For a cat, that’s really unusual and impressive. So if you travel a lot and don’t want to leave your cat alone, a Ragdoll would be perfect for you.


Ragdolls are very polite cats that are never clingy but that like to always be close by. They greet their humans at the door and like to hop up into your lap for a pet.

Ragdoll Photo: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock

Keeping Them Happy

Ragdolls make good house cats and love sitting in a comfy place by the window. They also like to cuddle up in bed or on the sofa. Climbing and jumping are not their passions, so you won’t often see them on high shelves or the top of a cat tree like other cats, such as the Norwegian Forest Cat or the Bengal.

The first characteristic you’d probably notice about a Ragdoll is its gentle manner, but that doesn’t mean that they just sit around being lazy all day. They’re very intelligent and like learning tricks e.g. coming when called or fetching toys.

Ragdolls get on well with other cats and dogs.


Ragdoll Photo: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock

Pros and Cons


  • Polite
  • Affectionate, cuddly
  • Friendly
  • Very intelligent
  • Learns tricks
  • Gets along well with other pets


  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Sheds a lot


Popular Cat Breed

In the USA, the Ragdoll is the most popular cat of them all! The Cat Fanciers' Association (an American cat breeding association) counts the number of cats registered for each breed every year. In 2022, the Ragdoll landed in first place. However, it's not the first time it has achieved such a high ranking. It's the fourth time in a row and in previous years it was always in the top 5.


Together with the Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Ragdoll is one of the largest and heaviest cats. Their large blue eyes are a particular highlight. Their fur is half-length (but they don’t shed a lot!) and comes in seal (black), blue (blue-gray), chocolate (dark brown), lilac (lavender, purple-gray), red or cream. Their fur may have van, bicolor, colorpoint or mitted markings.

Ragdoll Photo: Serita Vossen/Shutterstock


The Ragdoll dates back to a long-haired cat called Josephine that lived in 1960s California (USA).

Fun Facts

Ragdoll kittens are born with white coats. Their fur coloring develops at around 8-10 weeks. It only finishes changing after a few years.

Comparable Breeds

Ragdoll Photo: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock