Easy-going, affectionate and friendly, the Ragdoll cat’s personality is mostly pleasant, enough to make a pet owner “purr” with warmth.
Is the Ragdoll Sociable?
When it comes to family, and its owner, a Ragdoll is not just friendly but very affectionate too. It won’t hide or hiss at strangers at home unless maltreated. This is not common but is usually found in male personality traits.
Is it Family Friendly?
It is so friendly that it will not mind greeting guests at the door or parade its tail around the living room. However, like any other cat, the Ragdoll can be fearful of extremely rowdy children like toddlers that pull on the rear, but it is more patient compared to other cat breeds. A Ragdoll can tolerate younger children despite the loud, stressful noises they make. If anything, a Ragdoll will seek affection from children as well, even going out of its way to sit on the child’s lap for some petting.
How is its Relationship with the Owner?
Unlike other cat breeds, the Ragdoll will prefer to be in the company of its owner. It will greet its owner when he gets home, gets out of the room in the morning or pass by in the living room.
The Ragdoll won’t just rub on its owner’s legs when it is hungry; it will follow him most of the day to see what he is doing. Many pet owners prefer the Ragdoll to other cat breeds because of this personality trait; a loyalty or affectionate that is somewhat like a dog’s.
It can even be trained to do some tricks and also wear a leash and collar. It is possible even to walk a Ragdoll like a dog outside.
How Affectionate is a Ragdoll?
Very affectionate, but a Ragdoll is not just an ordinary lap cat. While it loves petting, it does look for other ways of showing its affection like following its owner around and even playing with him or the children. There is no known evidence whether there is more affection in female personality traits than male personality traits.
Do They Go Well with Dogs?
Not surprisingly, a Ragdoll can adapt fairly quickly to a dog in the house. Generally calm and friendly, a Ragdoll may eventually see the dog as another source of attention and even play with it like it would with a fellow cat or kitten. This friendliness, of all its personality traits, makes the Ragdoll an excellent pet for almost any family.
How Energetic are They?
As a kitten, a Ragdoll is very energetic. It is still playful and fun-loving up until adulthood, with some decline in energy. Keep in mind, though, that a Ragdoll is not technically an adult until it has reached its full growth at an age between 3 and five years. In other words, the Ragdoll will be quite bubbly and goofy for 3 to 5 years before it starts calming down and “taking it slow”. Even so, the Ragdoll has an innate ability to match its energy with the energy of its owner. It knows how and when to tune down its playfulness around others and is considered to be great first cat pets for children.
Male Versus Female Personalities
For some reason, unlike in most dog or cat personalities, a male Ragdoll is more friendly than a female Ragdoll. Physically, a male Ragdoll is more significant and still the goofier one making it more the “life of the party” compared to the female one. A female Ragdoll is said to be more intelligent but warier of strangers. However, it is just as friendly and affectionate once it gets to know the person/animal. You can find out more here about Male VS Female Ragdoll Cats.