Tipasheena Ragdolls

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History of the Ragdoll


The story of the Ragdoll began with a lady named ANN BAKER, who lived in California.

Ann Baker was a breeder of Persians, her neighbour Mrs Pennels owned a cat called

Blackie (Persian type) who Ann Baker used to mate with her Black Persians.

The mother of Blackie, also owned by Mrs Pennels, was a cat called Josephine

(a blue-eyed white Angora type) with a not very acceptable disposition.

In 1963 Josephine was hit by a car and according to Ann Baker was taken to the University,

instead of the Vets, to be treated, this still remains a mystery, as to why.

(Ann Baker claims that Josephine had been subjected to genetic engineering, altering

her genetic make-up and that of her kittens. She stated that this could not be proven as it

was part of a government programme, subject to secrecy).

It was because of this, that a lot of Ragdoll owners distanced themselves from her and her


Josephine returned home to Mrs Pennels and in her future litters it was recognised by

Ann Baker, that the kittens born after the accident had special qualities, they  were 

extremely friendly, and became very floppy when picked up, hence the name


It was from these litters that Ann Baker obtained a female kitten named Buckwheat

(Solid Black), Ann's neighbour also kept one of Josephine's kittens, a pointed male

with white mittens, she called him Daddy Warbucks.

Ann Baker also obtained a daughter from Daddy Warbucks and Josephine -

Fugianna (the first Bi-Colour Ragdoll).

It was from these Cats that Ann Baker established the Ragdoll breed.