Developed in California in the 1960s, the overall impression given by a Ragdoll is that of a large, powerful, imposing cat, distinctively marked and striking in appearance with vivid eyes. They are famous for their relaxed temperament, being gentle and easy to handle. Ragdolls come in four colours - seal, blue, chocolate and lilac - and three patterns: colourpoint, mitted and bicolour which includes white patterning. Grooming a Ragdoll's silky coat is easy and should be carried out weekly. Few breeds combine beauty and mild manners to such an extent, and they make wonderful companions to young and old alike.   As from 1st June 2001 Ragdolls may compete for Championship titles at GCCF licensed championship shows.