POINTED Ragdoll Cat Colors & Patterns
and patterns of the Blue Eyed Pointed Ragdoll Cat.
Click any of the photos to enlarge and see the description.
There is a huge variation within color groups depending on the
pattern of the cat as you will see.
Ragdolls are accepted for registration and exhibition as purebred,
blue-eyed pointed cats in the following colors:
- Red (flame)
- Blue Tortie
- Seal Tortie
- Lilac Tortie
- Chocolate Tortie
Within each of those colors there can be these distinct
There is one more variation that can occur in any combination of colors
and patterns above. This is the;
- Lynx or Tabby which then makes a 'Tortie' cat a 'Torbie'
Many of these colors and patterns are not fully visible until the cat reaches
maturity at approx. 3 years of age.
What about Mink and Solid Ragdolls?
standard which calls for them to be "a pointed, blue eyed cat".
Mink and Solid cats are not pointed. Mink and Solid are not blue-eyed.
They are not rare or long lost bloodlines. Minks have been developed
by breeding Ragdolls to other breeds such as Tonkinese to get their soft coat.
End of story.
This is proven by tracing their pedigrees. I have personally traced the
pedigree of mink cats that have been touted as being fully SBT right
back to the foundation cats. My research found that not only had one outside
breed been introduced to get this mink line but THREE different breeds
had been introduced. Persian, Tonkinese and Birman.
If you aren't a breeder of cats, you wouldn't have any reason to educate yourself
about pedigrees and such things. Here is a quick education on how a kitty mixed
with another breed can get to be called a Purebred SBT Ragdoll.
The way the cat registries such as TICA (The International Cat Association) work
is that a Ragdoll could be bred to a Tonkinese. Resulting babies are registered
as 1st generation ragdolls and usually given letters in front of their registration number
such as "AON" or "AOT" .
If the offspring of the 1st generation ragdolls are bred
back to another pure Ragdoll, the resulting offspring are called
2nd generation or "BON" or "BOT".
The offspring of the 2nd generation bred to a pure Ragdoll are called 3rd generation
Ragdolls and registered as "CON" or "COT".
Finally, if a 3rd generation Ragdoll is bred to a pure Ragdoll the offspring is registered
as a purebred Ragdoll cat with the letters SBT meaning "Stud Book Traditional"
Many breeders of Minks, Sepias and Solids point to their pedigree to show that they have no
outcrosses. However, generally their pedigree shows only the last three generations. That's a
pretty short pedigree. I can guarantee that the only line on a Mink cats pedigree that traces
back to the original cat (if any) are those lines that bred into the traditional blue eyed
pointed Ragdolls. All others end at another breed being introduced.
I have nothing against the Mink, Sepias or Solid cats. They can be wonderful
kitties. What I do dislike, very much, is the misinformation presented to buyers
who don't have any knowledge of how to verify the information presented by
Many breeders of these types of cats are honest and don't
claim that their cats are rare, without any outcrosses, from old lines etc.
However, some breeders are intentionally misinforming the public.
That is just unethical. It's our responsibility as breeders to educate the public
about our breed and to present the facts.
Mink, Sepia and Solid cats are NOT accepted
for registration in the strictest of cat associations such as the
Cat Fanciers Association (CFA)
To get an accurate history of the Ragdoll Breed you simply
need to visit theRagdoll Historical Society. The advancement
of the breed is well documented.
The foundation cats and how the breed was brought to
recognition and finally acceptance leaves no doubt that
Ragdolls have always been BLUE EYED POINTED CATS.
Any mink, sepia or solid cats called or registered as Ragdolls
have had another breed introduced in the lineage.
This is proven by a look back on the pedigrees. Not one of the
mink, sepias or solid 'Ragdolls' has been
able to trace it's foundation back to the original Ragdoll cats 100%.
Is it just the minks, sepias and solids that have been 'outcrossed' to
get their color? NO
Any blue eyed, pointed Ragdoll that is not BLUE or SEAL has been
crossed with another breed in order to get their color. Any Ragdoll
that has LYNX (TABBY) pattern, has been outcrossed to get the lynx
HOWEVER, they are still blue eyed and they are still pointed and most are still
registerable in ALL cat associations and allowed for exhibition in all associations.
(There are a few new colors trying to get accepted which haven't thus far.
Accepted colors in the Ragdoll breed are shown to the left.)
WHY? Because they fit what the BREED STANDARD calls for. There aren't any
changes or alterations needed in order to fit these cats in.
Minks and Sepias and Solids would require changing the breed standard to
allow Ragdolls with any eye color and without points. How sad.
What makes our Ragdolls so special, those stunning blue eyes and the
contrast between point and body color, would be lost
and we'd have a breed that simply looks like a regular barn kitty.
I hope it never comes to that.