Ragdolls and Ragamuffins both started out as moggies (like all cat breeds did, but some have been around as a breed longer than others) .
Basically I guess one could look at it that the Ragamuffins branched off from some of Ann Baker's Ragdolls from after the breed had split, with a group of breeders going their own way to get the Ragdolls recognized by the established cat fancy.
The Ragamuffins were developed from the IRCA Ragdolls and some other breeds in development. I think they have a bit more Persian in them?
Seems like i have heard that they tend to be even more laid back. but I'm sure it does vary between individuals. In any case the personalities are similar and if raised right, they tend to be friendly ,loyal cats, generally pretty laid back as adults, generally not very dominant to other cats. enjoy the company of their humans,
though not necessarily by sitting on laps. To be honest, many large, longhaired cats are not lap cats. and there are Ragdoll & Ragamuffin breeders who will tell you they often prefer to sit near you than on you.
I think the thing about Ragdolls going limp is often not true. but remember Baker was a very, ummmm , eccentric person, and said all sorts of odd stuff about Ragdolls. acting like they did not feel pain , that you could throw them across the room and they would not be hurt etc. and very weird claims about aliens and secret scientific experiments .
There is a site where the difference between Ragdolls and Ragamuffins and the history of the breeds has often been discussed including by some people who have been involved a long time in these breeds.
Last edited by marie73; 02-15-2013 at 11:08 PM.