The story begins in the mid-1960s in the town of Rivrside in California with Ann Baker a lady who housed in her courtyard a semi-long haired white cat named Jospehine owned by nearby Mrs. Pennels.

Josephine habitually lived in a semi-wild state and periodically gave birth to kittens with a shy character, until one day she was hit by a car and was injured with the loss of an eye and a strong head injury. The cat was rescued and rescued by two neighbors of Ms. Beker who worked at the university and after her recovery was returned to Ms. Pannels. Ann Beker noted that the first litter after the accident was very different from all previous litters.

The story begins in the mid-1960s in the town of Rivrside in California with Ann Baker a lady who housed in her courtyard a semi-long haired white cat named Jospehine owned by nearby Mrs. Pennels.

Josephine habitually lived in a semi-wild state and periodically gave birth to kittens with a shy character, until one day she was hit by a car and was injured with the loss of an eye and a strong head injury. The cat was rescued and rescued by two neighbors of Ms. Beker who worked at the university and after her recovery was returned to Ms. Pannels. Ann Beker noted that the first litter after the accident was very different from all 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 had a strange characteristic, taken in their arms, loosened their muscles, abandoning themselves in total relaxation as "A rag doll"

The name Ragdoll, in English means "rag doll". Ann Baker concluded that the cat had undergone "genetic manipulation" during her university stay, making her insensitive to pain and completely relaxed in her muscles. Thus was born the myth of Ragdoll and its insensitivity to pain, there are several theories more or less true about the mild character of this breed and its ability to relax the muscles. Some people claimed that after the serious accident, Josephine had been treated in the university with experimental drugs with mutagenic properties, but today scientists say that in the 60s there was no means, no adequate knowledge to conduct genetic mutations.

The mutation could only happen casually, other people claimed that during the accident, Josephine had suffered 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 had a strange characteristic, taken in their arms, loosened their muscles, abandoning themselves in total relaxation as "A rag doll"

The name Ragdoll, in English means "rag doll". Ann Baker concluded that the cat had undergone "genetic manipulation" during her university stay, making her insensitive to pain and completely relaxed in her muscles. Thus was born the myth of Ragdoll and its insensitivity to pain, there are several theories more or less true about the mild character of this breed and its ability to relax the muscles. Some people claimed that after the serious accident, Josephine had been treated in the university with experimental drugs with mutagenic properties, but today scientists say that in the 60s there was no means, no adequate knowledge to conduct genetic mutations. The mutation could only happen casually, other people claimed that during the accident, Josephine had suffered severe trauma as a result of which her reproductive cells were damaged.

Today, scholars argue that in order to have a certain temperament and total relaxation of the muscles, the collaboration of multiple genes is needed and therefore this theory also seems unlikely.
Even today, scholars are very cautious about the genetics of Ragdolls, the only sure thing 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 out of the ordinary and particularly sweet character, unique in the world.
Thus began, by Ann Baker, a long selection on the character and type of variety of his cats.

With the first three children following Josephine, Buckweat (A black cat), Fugianna (A Bicolor cat) 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. Ann Baker herself on 09/12/1975 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 from Beker by the spouses Dayton.

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