Ragdolls have an interesting past. They were first bred in the United States (California) in the 1960s by a woman named Ann Baker. She basically found free roaming cats and distinguished them by look and temperment and then began breeding them. By carefully selecting only those with her desired appearance and personality, she was able to create the Ragdoll breed that we all love so much today. One of the original cats in this woman's breeding program was a Domestic Longhair, so that's part of the reason why the Ragdoll cat looks the way it does today.
The Ragdoll cat breed sort of acts like certain dogs do. They're very interactive with the family they live with in that they will follow family members around the house, run up to them when they come home, jump on their laps while they're working at the computer, and sleep with them night after night. Obviously, these cats would much rather be with people than without them. This breed of cat has actually been trained to follow commands and to do certain tricks as well, such as coming when called and playing fetch. These are very gentle and affectionate cats that are great around small children. They rarely use their claws and know how to play more passively or more aggressively around certain individuals. Because of the build of the Ragdoll's body, this is the type of cat that prefers to remain on the floor as opposed to leaping from one piece of furniture to another. Also, when it comes to taking care of this cat's fur and gromming him or her, there isn't much to talk about. They don't require much mainenance above and beyond some occasional brushing and combing. Ragdolls will shed from season to season, but because they don't have lots of dense fur, their shedding won't be excessive. Overall, Ragdolls are great cats to own because they're highly personable, very companionable, and can take care of themselves when the family is away.