Ragdoll cats get their name from their tendency to go limp when picked up or held. They tend to have gentle, friendly dispositions and usually get along well with children and other pets.
The Ragdoll breed was developed in the 1960s by California breeder Ann Baker. It is a semi-longhaired breed that comes in four color patterns: mitted, bicolor, van and colorpoint. All Ragdolls have blue eyes. Males weigh 15 to 20 pounds and females weigh 10 to 15 pounds. They are slow-maturing and do not reach full size and weight until age 4.
Ragdolls need to have their coats combed out at least weekly but require no other special care. Health problems sometimes seen in the breed include bladder stones and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.