I tend to be somewhat apprehensive around cats that are big enough to claw my face off or attack my children at any given moment. Ragdolls are great cats. They do not mind being touched and patted and held. When you do hold them, they tend to sort of flop and literally roll around as you pat them. They are very good for apartment living. If you want a cat that will run along with you in the countryside, or that can be walked on a lead.. Umm.. If you live in the countryside, sure, you can let them run in the field and hope that they do not attack the local wildlife or turn feral. But if you plan to take drives to the countryside to allow said cat to run wild, then this might pose a bit of a problem. Firstly, a cat is not a dog. They won't always come back to you if you call to them. Certainly, if they are used to a suburban setting or apartment setting and a small courtyard, dropping them in a large field and expecting them to have at it and then come back to you at home time may be a bit of a stretch. They may just take off and not return, or cower in terror and be quite stressed. If you plan to take the cat to the countryside, keep it on the lead that you have trained it to use. As for walking them on a lead, that is something you need to train your cat to do. Here are some tips on how to do this: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-behavior/teaching-your-cat-walk-leash Even with petting and being held, etc, you can train any cat to be used to that, if you get them while they are kittens. Some may be more willing than others to accept that sort of contact. I do agree that a rescue cat or kitten is a terrific option. Both of my cats are rescue cats. We got them as kittens and they are terrific. Mixed breed, we don't even know what their breed is. But best of all, you are giving a cat a home where it will otherwise be put down because someone else did not want it.