Traits and Characteristics of Ragdoll Cats

characteristics of ragdoll cats

Ragdoll cats are easygoing felines that can learn quickly and pick up good behavioral traits with some positive reinforcement training. These prove to be all-around best buddies for everyone. They love being near their human families and their children. They get along with other pets also quite well.

They are very sweet, docile and love to relax with a good cuddling session. These cats love to greet their humans at the door when they come home. These will give you an easy pet feel. Ragdolls were first developed by breeder Ann Baker in Riverside, California in the 1960s

Breed Characteristics

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They are quite affectionate with family.

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Ragdolls have a typical amount of shedding.

They have a high potential for playfulness.

Ragdolls are easy to groom.

They are very intelligent and are kid-friendly.

They have a tendency to vocalize.

Vital Statistics

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This breed has a lifespan of 12 to 17 years. They grow up to 21 inches and weigh 10 to 20 pounds. They are mostly found in Riverside, California in the USA. They usually weigh between 10 to 15 pounds. The males weigh more than 20 pounds.


Ragdolls are known for collapsing into the arms of anyone who holds them. They love being around people and greeting them. They usually follow people around the house and are quick to leap into a lap or snuggle in bed whenever given the opportunity. They come running on being summoned or to play with their toys.

They are docile pets, but also very active. They love to play with toys and get into family activities. Ragdolls love being praised and given treats. They are quick to learn tricks. With some positive reinforcement, they can be taught to use a scratching post. They remind you of their mealtimes in a small and sweet tone.

These cats are well-behaved felines that are easy to live with. They prefer to stay on the same level with the people in a house, unlike some other cats, who love to stay at the highest point in a room.


These cats can be found in pedigreed and mixed-breed varieties. They are may get affected with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a kind of heart disease that they get genetically. They have an increased risk for calcium oxalate bladder stones. A ragdoll may also get a predisposition to FIP that is feline infectious peritonitis.


The cat has long fur with a little undercoat, that means it is less likely to shed. But they do need regular grooming. You need to comb their coat twice a week with a stainless steel comb to remove tangles and dead hair. They are easy going cats when being groomed.

These are some of the basic traits and characteristics of ragdoll cats. If you are still confused about keeping them as a pet, then you can proceed without any second thought.

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