The Ragdoll cat breed dates to the 1960s, when a Californian woman named Ann Baker bred a free-roaming white female cat with longish hair to a stray black-and-white male with white paws, or mittens. Their kittens — a solid black male, a bicolor sealpoint female and a longhaired brown male became the forebearers of what would come to be known as Ragdolls, a name based on the cats’ tendency to loll in a lap or be carried around without resistance.
The Ragdoll is recognized by The Cat Fanciers’ Association, The International Cat Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.
In 1981, the first Ragdolls were imported to the UK. With the backing of an enthusiastic group of breeders, a Ragdoll Breed Club was founded in 1987, and the breed was formally recognised by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (G.C.C.F.) in 1990. The breed has rapidly gained popularity in the UK, more Ragdolls are being registered every year with the G.C.C.F. as their popularity continues to rise. These lovely looking cats are renowned for their sweet, placid temperaments which is just one of the reasons why they are fast becoming a popular companion and family pet because they get on with everyone and thrive on being in a family environment.