RAGDOLL CAT BREED INFO

RAGDOLL CAT BREED STANDARD

RAGDOLL CARE AND FEEDING

 
For a more detailed description
of the placement of color on the
Ragdoll cat according to standard,
please visit the Ragdoll Cat Breed
Standard page.

Ragdoll Cat Colors & Patterns

Ragdoll Cats traditionally come in 4 colors:

Blue
Seal
Lilac
Chocolate

These are the original colors of the Ragdoll cat at the
beginning of the breed in the 1960's by a woman in
California named Ann Baker. 

The original Ragdoll cat was ALWAYS Blue-eyed.

The founder of the breed only kept the Blue-eyed
kittens she produced in the beginning as 'Ragdolls'.

Kittens with solid coats and different colored eyes
in the early litters were called by another name such
as 'Honey bears'and that breed was never developed
by Ann Baker.

Would you like to know more about how the breed
got started and lots of very interesting historical
data?  You can see photos of early Ragdolls and
pedigrees at the Ragdoll Historical Society Website.

This website is very new and has been the culmination
of many years of hard work and dedication by
early pioneers of the Ragdoll breed.

Read correspondence never before seen, documents,
records and more from the foundation of the Ragdoll.

It will dispel any doubt about whether cats that are NOT
blue-eyed are truly 'Ragdolls'.



It's wonderful to want to keep the original bloodlines of
the Ragdoll exclusive.  However, in the interest of
health and genetic variety, over the years other
cats were permitted into the gene pool.

These cats produced pointed, blue-eyed kittens
in Red, Cream and Tortie.

Lynx pattern was also introduced from another breed.

Yet, the Ragdoll remained a pointed, blue-eyed cat.

After years of perfecting the new colors to conform
to the breed standard, the Ragdoll was permitted to
be shown in CFA and TICA with these new colors as
well as Lynx.

They conformed to the standard of being a pointed,
blue-eyed cat but with a different coat color than the
traditional and original Ragdolls.

The breeds introduced to produce mink, sepia or
solid are not registered or shown in CFA.

They are registered but not shown in TICA.

This is because they are not to standard.  They DO NOT
 have Blue eyes and they are NOT POINTED. 

The very essence of the pointed, blue-eyed  Ragdoll is
missing.  Ragdolls are highly recognizable as a breed.
They are very distinct.

Lola from Baby to Adult

Seal Mitted Ragdoll

The Seal Point Mitted Ragdoll is a very cute
looking character.



He has the same dark points on his ears,
mask and tail as the Seal Colorpoint.

However, this baby looks a bit naughty!
Was he wading through a dish of cream?



He's got a white chin and chest, a
white belly stripe, two little white mittens
and full white socks on the back legs.

As an adult, this is the most regal of looks!

What a handsome kitty!

Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll

The Seal Color of the Ragdoll Cat is the darkest of all. 

That little baby, born pure white, quickly begins to
develop the dark points.  



The baby shown above is a seal mitted Ragdoll.  He will
have white paws and back legs.

In the COLORPOINT RAGDOLL CAT the points are
found at the face mask, ears, feet and tail.

The body of the Seal Colorpoint deepens to a shade
of taupe.

There is no white on a colorpoint cat. 

The deeper the contrast between the body and the
points, the better.


 
Lola - Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll Kitten 3 months old




Lola - Seal Colorpoint kitten - 5 months old




Lola - Seal Colorpoint Adult



Lola daughter 'Penelope - Seal Colorpoint Kitten

Seal Bicolor Ragdoll

Seal Point Bicolor is a very popular color and
pattern in the Ragoll. It's one of the very first
that were developed in the Ragdoll cat breed.

A bicolor cat will always have an inverted
White 'V' on it's face, a pink nose, chest, belly,
partial to full white front legs and full white back
legs. Their back will develop either a saddle of
color that is several shades lighter than their
points or just some sporadic spotting.  Either
is acceptable.

Bicolors can have varying degrees of white.



Rocky, our fabulous stud cat, is a seal bicolor.

Seal Lynx Ragdolls



Lynx or Tabby pattern can occur in
any color or pattern.

It's identified by the white inner ear lining, white eye
liner, a butterfly mark under the nose and in colorpoint
or mitted kittens the nose should be cinnamon with a
darker edge lining in the point color.  It is acceptable
to have a nose in the actual point color.

Lynx is a dominant gene which means
that one parent must be lynx in order
for its offspring to be lynx.

Lynx is not carried like other genes.
Either you have it or you don't.

In the Seal Ragdoll Cat the lynx can
appear as:

Seal Lynx Colorpoint
Seal Lynx Mitted
Seal Lynx Bicolor

If a cat is a Tortie it then becomes
'Torbie' when it has the lynx overlay.



Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll
Seal Mitted Ragdoll
Seal Bicolor Ragdoll
Seal Tortie Ragdoll
Seal Lynx Point Ragdoll
Seal Lynx Mitted Ragdoll
Seal Lynx Bicolor Ragdoll
Seal Torbie Ragdoll

 

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