Spotlight on...The Ragdoll

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The Ragdoll

Size:  Extra Large, 10-20 lbs

Grooming needs:  Low; semi-frequent brushing

Exercise:  Moderate

Environment:  Indoor

Temperament:  Calm, Friendly, Playful

Life Expectancy:  12-17 years

Interesting fact:  Ragdolls are the largest domestic cat breed around, with males having been recorded at 35 lbs!

Appearance:  Ragdolls are beautiful cats with a bunny-soft, medium-length coats.  They have points; meaning the face, legs, ears and tail are darker than the rest of the body.  This breed has intense blue eyes.  The Ragdoll is large-boned and strong, with a large chest and hindquarters. 

Personality:  Ragdolls are so named because they go limp when picked up.  Unlike most cats they tend to do this even when on their backs, with anyone who picks them up.  They act like puppies, following their people from room to room, right on their heels.  They are very affectionate, and love greeting their people at the door.  Ragdolls tend to be playful throughout their lives, and are known for coming when called, learning tricks, and enjoying a game of fetch. 

Common Health Problems: This is generally a healthy breed, but heart disease screening is advisable.



Best Match:  Ragdolls may make good first cats.  They tend to be quiet and well mannered.  They want to be part of the family, and alternatively snuggle and play with their people.  They tend to do well with children and other pets, and even usually tolerate being dressed up!

Featured Adoptable: Monty of Ragdoll Rescue Northwest is a sweet Ragdoll boy looking for a loving, quiet home.  β€œHe loves attention, brushing, laps, and chin scratches.  He is shy at first, but will warm up to new people, new situations, and other animals with time and patience.  He is available to Portland-area homes only.” To learn more or to meet Monty, please contact his foster mom at

Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend, Jacob, their adopted yellow Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish, and two miniature Silver Appleyard ducks, Louie and Olive.