Patterns & Colors
Colors & Patterns of the gorgeous Ragdolls:
Ragdolls are one of the top 5 most popular and desired cats in the world today. They are also one of the largest of cat breeds and take 2 to 4 years to develop their full size and colors. Neutered males can get quite large and weigh between 15-20 pounds and females also get large but weigh about 5 pounds less than the males. The coat of the Ragdoll is medium long and plush, like rabbit fur. The fur almost never mats and really doesn't need much grooming(do know if grooming is neglected mats can and will develop.) Coat length varies with each individual, with the neutered cat usually having a longer more luxurious look to them; this is because they don't have the hormones that play havoc on their systems.
Ragdolls should have nice length to their bodies with a long tail to balance and good, strong boning with large round tufted paws to support his frame. Ragdolls have broad heads with a nice width between their medium-sized rounded ears, wonderfully scooped nose, and of course their most reknowned feature-their deep Sapphire blue eyes. Ragdolls have an expression about them like no other cat!
The vast majority of Ragdolls kittens, as in any other breed, are sold mainly as pets. Families that buy them don't mind if the ear set is a little high, or if the nose is a little straight, or their eyes aren't the deepest blue, or the marking less than perfect. Families want the temperament that Ragdolls are most famous for.
Ragdolls have wonderfully laid back temperaments and their popularity as the ideal house pet that is totally devoted to their owners has become legendary. As kittens, they are full of life and are very inquisitve. As they mature they become very loving and trusting cats that love to follow their owner from room to room. Ragdolls love to be in human company and are great with children of all ages. They have a very endearing puppy-like character about them. Ragdolls learn their name and will come when they are called.
(seal mitted tortie)
When meeting a Ragdoll for the first time, you will be in awe of how beautiful they are. The wonderful thing about this breed is that while the kittens are adorably soft and fluffy, the adults are stunning! The Ragdoll is one of the few breeds that get better with age. How a kitten looks when you first see him bears no resemblance to how it will look when he's taken home at 12-16 weeks of age. At one year that same kitten will look different and he will be even more beautiful at two years of age. At the age of four and at full maturity, the Ragdoll looks absolutely stunning.
What can you expect when you buy a Ragdoll? You certainly are not buying a creature that sits around all day doing nothing and never feels pain(as has be misconstrued over the years)and certainly the cat that it was once portrayed to be, but an amazingly beautiful cat. Ragdolls have a sense of humor all their own! They are a cat that will meet you at the door when you come home and one that will chat to you when they feel like it. Ragdolls rely on you to give them love and they will return it to you ten fold! Ragdolls are certainly not a cat to be ignored!!
Word of caution ... Ragdolls are like potato chips, you can't just have one!!
Ragdolls come in several different patterns:
Colorpoint: Dark mask, ears, legs & tail; chest is lighter than body color.
Mitted: Dark mask, ears and tail; matched white mittens on front feet and white hind legs. Chin is white and there may be a blaze on the nose.
Bicolor: The mask has an inverted white "V" with a pink nose. Dark ears & tail; the chest, stomach, legs, feet and ruff are white.
(blue mitted lynx)
Ragdolls come in a variety of colors:
Seal: Points are deep seal brown with a much lighter shade on the body
Blue: Points are slate (gray) blue with a much lighter shade on the body
Flame: Points are deep orange flame to deep red
Cream: Points are buff cream to apricot in color
Chocolate: Points are milk chocolate in color with a much lighter shade on the body
Lilac: Points are frosty gray with a much lighter shade on the
Mink: Points are stronger, richer, and darker than the traditional Ragdolls. Mink Ragdolls comes in all traditional colors and patterns and have a softer, smoother coat than traditional Ragdoll kittens. For more information on the Mink Ragdoll, click here.
Lynx: Barring is from the tabby pattern with the color darker on the points
Tortie: Seal tortie point is brown with patches of a peachy red color. The blue tortie point is grey with patches of a lighter red called cream. Blue torties are also called "cream". When the lynx pattern is present it is called "torbie point". (Tortie points are always female.)