The Ragamuffin is a large semi-longhair cat derived from the Ragdoll breed that has evolved into a completely separate breed as a result of a split-off that formed in the mid-1990s from the original Ragdoll breeding programme in America. Like her Ragdoll relatives, the RagaMuffin is bred for her excellent temperament and is an affectionate, cuddly teddy bear cat with a completely laid-back nature that can take up to four years to fully mature. One of the first concerns was the genetic health of their stock, which was already in the fifth generation of inbreeding, and so they outcrossed with Persians, Himalayans, and domestic longhair cats, making the RagaMuffin more distinguishable from her Ragdoll ancestors. A RagaMuffin is now a distinct breed and not a cross between a Ragdoll and a British Shorthair (or similar). There is now strictly no outcrossing with Ragdolls, and the UK RagaMuffin Club, formed in 2008, is affiliated with the American RagaMuffin Associated Group and has agreed to breed in this country under the same guidelines. Ragamuffins were first recognised in the UK by the Governing Council of Cat Fancy (GCCF) in 2010.
Read our RagaMuffin Buying Advice page for information on this cat breed.