12 Ragdoll cat facts for the ultimate cat lover

by Ally Hirschlag
Apr 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Ragdolls are one of the largest domestic cat breeds. They have sturdy bodies, proportionate legs and can weigh up to 20 pounds.

1 /11: Colorpoint coats

1/11 :Colorpoint coats

Ragdolls are known for their long-haired "colorpoint coats." This means they're lighter in their torsos and darker at their extremities.

2 /11: Relaxed cats

2/11 :Relaxed cats

Ragdolls are known for their relaxed temperaments and their tendency to go limp when picked up. 

3 /11: Docile Ragdoll

3/11 :Docile Ragdoll

Some believe the "extreme docility" makes them vulnerable, but most Ragdolls exhibit totally normal, playful cat behavior. 

4 /11: Blue-eyed Ragdoll

4/11 :Blue-eyed Ragdoll

Ragdolls have beautiful, blue eyes. The deeper the blue, the more favorably they're looked upon at cat shows.

5 /11: Ragdoll kitten

5/11 :Ragdoll kitten

Kittens are born mostly or all white. They start to gain color by 8 to 10 weeks old and reach their full color by 2 or 3 years old. 

6/11 :Mitted Ragdoll

One variety is the "mitted" Ragdoll. They have white mittens on their front and back paws and usually a white belly as well. 

7 /11: Bi-color Ragdoll

7/11 :Bi-color Ragdoll

Bi-color Ragdolls are all-over white, except they have a darker face and an inverted white "V" on their foreheads.

8 /11: Inbreeding

8/11 :Inbreeding

Unfortunately, around 40 percent of Ragdolls are the result of inbreeding due to the miniscule pool of "foundation cats."

9 /11: Sweet Ragdoll

9/11 :Sweet Ragdoll

Ragdoll cats were first bred by Ann Baker in Riverside, California, in the 1960s.

10 /11: Floppy kitty

10/11 :Floppy kitty

Their "floppy" nature leads to the development of a myth that Ragdolls can't feel pain. They can, so please don't test it.

11 /11: We love you, Ragdolls!

11/11 :We love you, Ragdolls!

Ragdolls are a beloved cat breed because they're affectionate, loyal and will actually play fetch with you! Couple that with their cuteness and you have the perfect pet.