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Old Dominion Rags

Ragdoll History

  • Breed was developed by Ann Baker nearly 50 years ago, with the first kittens named as Ragdolls born in 1965. ​
  • Ann's first cats she began the breed with were: Josephine, Daddy Warbucks, Fugianna, and Buckwheat – the four cats that our beautiful Ragdolls are descended from. Of these four, only Daddy Warbucks and Fugianna were registered as Ragdolls in the National Cat Fanciers Association (NCFA) in 1966.
  • Ann borrowed from her neighbors, the Pennels, a cat with an appearance of the Sacred Cat of Burma. She bred this cat to Josephine,  a white angora cat- this breeding  produced Daddy Warbucks. Ann also acquired Josephine’s daugher, Buckwheat, from her neighbors, the Pennels. Ann mated Daddy Warbucks to Josephine- a mating producing  Fugianna. These became the foundation cats in creating the Ragdoll breed. It is from these four cats: Josephine, Daddy Warbucks, Fugianna, and Buckwheat – that Ragdolls are descended. 
  • Denny and Laura Dayton are credited with bringing the Ragdoll breed to worldwide recognition by various cat registration organizations. They purchased a breeding pair of kittens from Ann in 1969, which was the first known record of Ann selling her Ragdolls. The Dayton's named their two cats Buddy and Rosie.  
  • The Ragdoll breed was selectively bred over many years for desirable traits, such as large size, gentle demeanor, and a tendency to go limp when picked up.
  • To read about the early days of the Ragdoll Breed, the Ragdoll Historical Society details Ann's beginning with the breed and sequential information about the early years of our beautiful Ragdoll Breed. 

~About Our Cattery & Traditional Ragdoll History~

Who We Are

We are a small, in-home cattery located in Southwestern Virginia. We raise traditional ragdolls kittens and cats underfoot here in our home as a family so all of our kittens get lots of love, attention, and of course, kisses from all of us! All of our Kings and Queens are HCM genetically tested and are all double negative to ensure your family is getting the healthiest kitten to adopt into your family as its newest member. 

What We Offer

  • TICA registration
  • Documentation of HCM -/- 
  • Health and Genetic Guarantee
  • Spaying/Neutering (on pet kittens)
  • Vet Checks
  • Vaccinations (two sets at 8 & 12 weeks)
  • De-worming
  • Food
  • Toys & Pet Bed/Blanket for Acclimation

Appropriate Litter


  • We at Old Dominion Rags use the paper pelleted litter So Phresh with all of our Ragdolls. When you adopt a kitten from us, rest assured your new furry family member will come home appropriately litter trained, making their transition much easier on all involved. To find the litter at a reasonable price, visit Petco, where you can find a wide variety of pet supplies for your new kitten/cat. 


What Is A Traditional Ragdoll?

  • Traditional Ragdolls-are bred from the primary Ragdoll pedigree lines - a blue-eyed pointed cat in the four colors of seal, blue (a dilute of seal), chocolate, and lilac (a dilute of chocolate) in the three patterns of colorpointed (no white on the paws), mitted (white paws), and bi-color (inverted white "V" on the face)
  • Original Ragdolls- fully traced to Ann Baker's four Original Cats:  Raggedy Ann Daddy Warbucks, Josephine, Blackie, and Beauty. Refer to the Ragdoll Historical Society to see Ann Baker's history with our beautiful cats! To see some pictures of  Ann Baker's original cats that started our beautiful breed, view the  Ragdoll Historical Society's Photo Album

Food and Our Cats' Diets


  • We at Old Dominion Rags feed our cats a well balanced diet. For hard food, we use a 50/50 mixture of the two brands Fussie Cat & Taste of the Wild. Both foods can be ordered at a reasonable price online from Chewy.com. Our cats are also fed extra proteins by using freeze dried meats which can be ordered from Fresh is Best. To make our Kings, Queens, and kittens' diet complete, we also alternate farm fresh eggs, cooked for safety.