The History of Ragdoll

Questa immagine ha l'attributo alt vuoto; il nome del file è aquamarine-dolls-ragdoll-kennel-a-ragdoll-tortenete.pngThe story begins in the mid-60s in the town of Riverside in California with Ann Baker a lady who housed in her courtyard a white cat with semi-long hair named Jospehine owned by neighbor Mrs. Pennels.
Josephine habitually lived in a semi-wild state and gave birth to periodically shy cats, until one day she was hit by a machine and injured with the loss of an eye and a strong head injury. The kitten was rescued and rescued by two neighbors of Mrs. Beker who worked at the university and after her recovery she was returned to Mrs. Pannels. Ann Beker noticed that the first litter after the accident was very different from all the previous litters.

Josephine’s puppies born before the accident were wary and wild, while those born after the accident, were absolutely confident, devoid of aggression and all start a strange feature, picked up, loosened their muscles, abandoning themselves in total relaxation as “A rag doll”
The name Ragdoll, means “rag doll” in English. Ann Baker came to the conclusion that the cat during her university stay had undergone “genetic manipulation”, making her insensitive to pain and completely relaxed in the musculature. Thus the Ragdoll myth and its insensitivity to pain is born, the theories are more or less true about the mild character of this breed and its ability to relax muscles. Some people claimed that Josephine following the serious accident had been treated at the university with experimental drugs with mutagenic properties. Today, however, scientists say that in the 1960s there were neither means nor adequate knowledge to conduct genetic mutations.

The mutation could only happen randomly, other people claimed that during the accident, Josephine had suffered a severe trauma as a result of which her reproductive cells were damaged.
Josephine’s puppies born before the accident were wary and wild, while those born after the accident, were absolutely confident, devoid of aggression and all start a strange feature, picked up, loosened their muscles, abandoning themselves in total relaxation as “A rag doll”
The name Ragdoll, means “rag doll” in English. Ann Baker came to the conclusion that the cat during her university stay had undergone “genetic manipulation”, making her insensitive to pain and completely relaxed in the musculature. Thus the Ragdoll myth and its insensitivity to pain is born, the theories are more or less true about the mild character of this breed and its ability to relax muscles. Some people claimed that Josephine following the serious accident had been treated at the university with experimental drugs with mutagenic properties. Today, however, scientists say that in the 1960s there were neither means nor adequate knowledge to conduct genetic mutations. The mutation could only happen randomly, other people claimed that during the accident, Josephine had suffered a severe trauma as a result of which her reproductive cells were damaged.

Today, scholars maintain that in order to have a certain temperament and total relaxation of the muscles, the collaboration of several genes is necessary and therefore this theory also seems unlikely.
Even today scholars are very cautious about the genetics of the Ragdolls, the only thing certain is that from that moment there has been a different and new genetic design.
And it was Ann Baker who decided and created an absolutely new breed, characterized by an unusual and particularly sweet character, unique in the world.
Thus began, by Ann Baker, a long selection on the character and typology of the variety of her cats.
With the first three children following Josephine, Buckweat (A black cat), Fugianna (Una gatta Bicolor) and Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbuks, he started the three varieties still recognized today, the colorpoint, the Bicolor and the Mitted, and began to breed with the affix Raggedy Ann. The same Ann Baker on 12/9/1975 founded the IRCA (International Ragdoll Cat Association) and thus patented the name Ragdoll. The first Ragdolls in Europe arrived in 1981 and were purchased directly by Beker from the Dayton spouses.