The Ragamuffin (often spelled RagaMuffin) is a breed of domestic cat, a variant of the IRCA Ragdoll, that first made its appearance in 1994. Ragamuffins are notable for their friendly personalities and thick, rabbitlike fur.
Ragamuffins are a muscular, heavy breed of cat needing approximately four to five years to fully mature. The physical traits of the breed include a rectangular, broad-chested body with shoulders supporting a short neck. The head is a broad, modified wedge with a rounded forehead and a nose dip. Ragamuffins come in all coat colors and patterns with a medium-length coat that increases in length toward the stomach. Although the coat is thick and plush, it does not readily mat or clump and is easy to care for.
The head is a broad, modified wedge with a rounded appearance. The forehead should be moderately rounded. The body should appear rectangular with a broad chest and broad shoulders and moderately heavy muscling in the hindquarters, with the hindquarters being equally broad as the shoulders. There should be a fatty pad in the lower abdomen. Fur length is to be slightly longer around the neck and outer edges of the face, resulting in the appearance of a ruff, and increasing in length from the top of the head down through the shoulder blades and back, with the coat on the sides and stomach being medium to medium long. Every color and pattern is allowable, with or without white. Some color patterns, such as pure white, are rarer than others and are generally in greater demand.
Ragamuffins come in all patterns and colors, although colorpoints are not allowed under CFA standards. Their eyes can be any solid color, with some exhibiting heterochromia.
The only extreme allowed in this breed is the very docile nature. The Ragamuffins love people and are very cuddly and affectionate, with a tendency to go limp when held. While not overly athletic, they enjoy playing and climbing scratching posts, and some will even run after and retrieve toys. They greet family members at the door and will follow familiar people around the house. Because of their gentle nature, as a very general rule, it is considered advisable to keep Ragamuffins mostly indoors, the idea being that they are more vulnerable to threats present in outdoor environments than the majority of other cats. They can be vocal at times and are very lovable and attentive. Fanciers who raise both Ragdolls and Ragamuffins claim that their temperaments are very similar. These cats adapt easily to a variety of territories.