Ragdoll Cat Breed Characteristics
Ragdoll cats get their name from their tendency to go limp when picked up or held. Ragdolls have a very sturdy frame with soft,
medium length fur in different shades of seal (brown) and blue (gray). They are very affectionate and friendly.
They easily take to new people, other animals (including dogs) and children. Ragdolls can take four to five years to fully mature.
Adult males weigh anywhere from 12 to 20 pounds and the females weigh 10 to 15 pounds.
Ragdolls are one of the least aggressive and calmest breeds of domestic cat and posses a warm, affectionate disposition. Ragdolls
are known to greet you at the door and follow you around your home like a puppy; in fact the breed has many dog-like traits, such as
fetching toys and loyalty to their owners.
Because of the Ragdoll’s laid back nature they should be kept as strictly indoor cats as they may not defend themselves from
aggressive animals. For this reason, too, they should never be de-clawed. Ragdolls are smart and are able to learn tricks easily
making the breed a favorite at many cat shows. The large frame tends to make them slightly clumsy; however, they remain playfully
energetic; if you’re looking for a large, gentle playful cat, the Ragdoll is the breed for you.
Ragdoll cats have short legs, semi-long hair coats with "pointed" markings similar to that of the Siamese. They have soft, rabbit -like
fur low shedding and matting. They have medium sized, muscular frames with a broad, flat topped head and medium sized ears
pointed frontward. Ragdoll cats have deep blue oblique eyes and bushy tapered tails.
At birth traditional Ragdolls are born white and develop their colors over the next few days; however, full color may not fully
develop for two or three years. Ragdoll cats come in four colors with three color patterns. Colors are designated by combining coat
color and pattern…for example “Seal Colorpoint” or “Blue Bicolor.” Below are the basic Ragdoll colors and patterns.
Seal Point Ragdoll cats have light tan bodies with dark seal brown points. The shade can range from ivory to pale beige and usually
lightens at the belly and chest area. The nose leather and paw pads should be seal brown to brownish black and may have rose-
Chocolate Point Ragdoll cats have ivory bodies that also lighten at the belly and chest. The points range from warm milk to
bittersweet chocolate with rosy undertones. The nose leather is usually rose-brown and the paw pads are brownish salmon pink.
Blue Point Ragdoll cats appear cold with bluish white to platinum gray fur and no tinge of brown. The points are blue-gray to deep
slate and the nose leather and paw pads are dark blue with pink undertones.
Lilac point cats are creamy white with pink to lavender paw pads. The points are pale dove-gray to warm lavender with the flesh
color visible through the fur.
Colorpoint Ragdoll cats are darker at the points compared to the rest of the body. The point color is usually the same as the paw pads
and nose leather. They have no white markings although some pale-haired Ragdolls may appear white.
Mitted Ragdoll cats also have dark points but also have white fur on the paws, rear legs, chin, ruff and stomach. The paw markings
are called “mitts,” while the rear legs are called “boots.”
Bicolor Ragdoll cats have an inverted V-shaped marking between the eyes which expands over the muzzle. The cat is also dark at
the points with a saddle-like strip on the back and white fur on the rest of the body. The paw pads and nose leather are usually pink.
Lynx Ragdoll cats come in the same coat patterns as listed above but have darker tabby-type stripes of the point color. They also
have white lining along the edge just inside the ears. The noses are reddish brown and outlined in a darker color. The exception is
the bicolor which has a pink nose that is not outlined.
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