The Ragamuffin is a medium-longhaired cat which is very similar to a Ragdoll. They are heavy, muscular cats that do not reach maturity until they are around 4 years old. When fully grown, the females of this breed weigh 10 to 15 pounds and the males 15 to 20. They have broad chests, powerful shoulders and rectangular bodies with short necks. Ragamuffins have large walnut shaped eyes and full cheeks. They have a ruff around their neck, and every possible color and pattern is allowed in this breed.
They have a rather obvious dip or scoop in their nose, while their “˜cousin’ the Ragdoll has a gentler curve. The Ragamuffin’s skull is also rounded, while the Ragdoll’s is rather flat. The breeders of the Ragamuffin emphasize a sweet expression in the cat, and its chubbier face assists with that.
The Ragamuffin was created in 1994, making it one of the newest domestic cat breeds. It was accepted into the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 2003.
Like the Ragdoll, the Ragamuffin is an extremely docile cat and should not be kept outside for long. They are very affectionate and love to play, sometimes even fetch. They are sweet-tempered animals, though some have been known to bite when they are neglected.