Ragdoll Cat Breed Characteristics

by Sally on October 22, 2011

sally.jpgRagdoll cats get their name from their tendency to go limp when picked up or held. Ragdolls have a sturdy, imposing frame with soft, medium length fur in different shades of brown and gray. Ragdoll cats are very affectionate and friendly.

They easly take to new people and co-exist with other animals, including dogs and children. It could take your Ragdoll four to five years to fully mature; however, adult males weigh anywhere from 12 to 20 pounds and the females weigh 10 to 15 pounds.

Ragdoll cats are one of the least aggressive and calmest breeds of domestic cat and posses a warm, affectionate disposition. Your Ragdoll cat may greet your visitors at the door and follow them 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. Their trusting nature could also lead to theft by stranger so always keep your Ragdoll inside. Ragdoll cats 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, Ragdoll Cats is the breed for you.

Ragdoll Cat Breed Characteristics

Ragdoll cats have short legs, semi-longhair coats with Siamese like markings. They have soft, rabbit like fur with the look of a Persian without all of the 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 all Ragdoll kittens are white and develop their colors by the age of 10 days; however, they may not show full colors 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 “Chocolate Bicolor.” Here are the basic Ragdoll colors and patterns.

Ragdoll Cat Colors

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-colored undertones.

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. Blue 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 magnolia white with pink to lavender paw pads. The points are pale dove-gray to warm lavender with the flesh color visible through the fur.

Ragdoll Coat Patterns

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.”

Bi-color 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.

How Much do Ragdoll Cats Cost?

The price of a Ragdoll cat depends on the color, pattern, gender, breeder, and location. Ragdoll kittens cost from $400 to $750. This excludes purebred and breeder quality cats, which cost at least $1,000. Breeders often go for $2,000 or higher, depending on the color, pattern, lineage, and show prospects.

If you want a show quality Ragdoll for the alter championship class, be ready to pay between $600 to $1,000. Retired show cats and breeders are available at pet homes for a little less, usually for the price of spaying or neutering. It’s important to ask for a health guarantee when buying Ragdoll kittens. A health guarantee assures you that the kitten is free of any diseases, parasites, or inherited defects. If your kitten dies of unknown causes, your breeder will replace it when you present your health guarantee.

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Cynthia Blue March 14, 2008 at 5:55 am

I would love to see a picture. I’m pretty sure we have a ragdoll mix cat.

Annette July 16, 2008 at 8:40 am

I had a cat that looked and acted just like this…only he was SOLID BLACK. (With a little white heart on his chest).
He was the dearest creature that ever put paws upon this earth.
Someone THREW HIM OUT at less than a year old during an 18inch snowstorm. He was loaded with tapeworms and had so many health issues, but had the most resilient, loving spirit you can imagine. He was with us for 17 years. Not a day goes by that I don’t tear up over his absence.
That cat was my best friend EVER. He was so incredibly SMART.
Would want to play, but was not pesty. He’d bother you, but if you gave him 5-10 minutes of undivided attention, he was content to just be in the same room with you, taking part in whatever you were doing.

I’ll miss him and love him as long as I breathe…and then some.

Melissa Keefer July 19, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Can you tell me anythng about the traditional vs. non-traditional Ragdoll. Recently a breeder said that Mink and Solid Ragdolls are outcrossed. Is this true? I thought an outcross was breeding two different breeds. How can a mink Ragdoll be registered as a pedigree if this is true?

Denise johnson August 26, 2008 at 4:37 am

I have a Lilac Point mitted male ragdoll….Named Oodles (for short of —Oodles Doodles Mac Noodles) he acquired such a unusal name … because I told my Husband the next cat I was going to have get would cost him Oodles of money)…. .. he is very smart..he does play fetch, and great with our grandkids. so easy going…. and he is so beautifully marked… My husband is not a cat lover….. but this one has capture his heart… they truly make a great champion.

Katrina September 21, 2008 at 8:45 am

I have a Blue Mitted female kitten. She was born July 6th and her name is Isabeau.

Chuck February 14, 2009 at 2:35 am

I had a black ragdoll- a breeders reject being all black with color points only in the sunlight. He was my best friend for 17 years, being disabled and home most days, he was always beside me, on me, or when choatic for a while he hid from guests but always keeping me in his line of sight. He was extremely expressive through body launguage, vocal and ‘eye-talk’ almost like we had our secret codes. He either followed me room to room or beat me there. Extremely affectionate but not demanding about it- he knew when I needed space and was always respectful. I had to euthanize him 21 months ago due to mounting helath issues, along with my other baby- a 16 yr old mix, my little girl Chelsea. As much as I loved her, losing Shakespeare has been like losing a soul mate. This week I’ve taken in a friend’s cat for a while, and while she is a sweet affectionate tabby, as with most cats I come across, I find a Ragdoll to have so much more personality and presence. Anyone looking for a bit more than a pet- Ragdolls are more like a sidekick, they are a buddie for life.

Mary Gaynor March 4, 2009 at 6:46 am

Do ragdoll cats shed like most cats or do they have hair like fur?

Chris Ware March 9, 2009 at 7:03 am

I just took what I thought was my “Himalayan” to the vet for spaying and shots. I was told she is a “Ragdoll”. Based on what I read now, it makes perfect sense. I rescued this cat from the woods after I found out about her original owner abandoning her. She was only there for a day and a half, but she’s mine now and in good hands. She is my first cat. I have always been a dog person, but this little girl is the sweetest little kittie I’ve ever seen and I’ve found a new interest and love. She is my best little friend for life!

Gale Sweeney March 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm

My sister just gave my husband and me a kitten and he has all the characteristics of a Ragdoll, right down to his coat, coloring and personality. We’ve only had him for a day now and he is our little shadow (or my parrot as I like to say because he loves sitting on my shoulder, even when I’m standing). He doesn’t like to stray too far from either one of us for very long. I named him Ronan, which is Celtic for “little seal”. He has definitely won my husband over, we were originally looking for a solid white kitten to offset our 2 solid black cats, but, aww shucks, he’s close enough. Speaking of which, our oldest black cat “Artan” loves to play fetch, which we thought rather odd for a cat. Who knows, maybe he is a distant decendant of a ragdoll.

Coinneach Fitzpatrick June 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I have a 2-year-old female seal-point mitted Raggie. Her official (TICA) name is Ragsink Charlotte, but that’s way too dignified for her silly self. I call her Charlie, Chuck, Chucklehead, Madame Charlotte von Floofenheimer… you get the idea. She’s a gorgeous, HUGE, adorable goofball and I love her to pieces.

Kate September 25, 2009 at 8:51 am

I have a ragdoll who is about 4 years old. We found him outside our house, living in the neighbors’ crawl space. He was cold and hungry and scared. We took him to the vet who verified that he was a rag doll and that he was about 6 months old. He seemed to get along with the other cats, except for the alpha female and she tolerates him. Everything has been fine until recently.

He has become very aggressive. He always was one to try to take food out of your mouth or will steal it from your plate. He will give you a small nip if he doesn’t think you are giving him enough attention. But lately he’s been picking on the other cats without mercy. Especially one, who outweighs him by several pounds. He picks on Simie so much, that Simie won’t be in the same room with him and will hide in the bedroom or run outside. We live beside a busy road, so this is not good.

Also Shtinky has started to pee in weird places. He had a small bladder infection last year but that has cleared up. But he was peeing in a cactus, (which is now dead) and he keeps peeing on the couch in the same spot even though we disinfect and clean it thoroughly after each time. He walked up defiantly and squatted on my sister’s bed not long ago and just started to go.

We don’t know what to do about either problem. But we are considering him giving him away to someone that doesn’t have any other cats. He is making the other cats and frankly us very miserable. He’s affectionate, likes to cuddle and loves to play. We would miss him, but we don’t know what to do with him.

Izek January 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I was looking to adopt a siamese cat. I have not had a cat before so I was not experienced with breeds, just knew what htey look like. I adopted an 8 month old cat wihch I thought to be a balanese (long haired siamese) and named her Ivy. Ivy follows me everywhere, wants whatever I eat, sleeps near me and is a good loyal friend. When I took her to a vet I discovered that Ivy is a ragdoll and after looking up the breed it made a lot of sense. I am glad that I got her and wouldnt trade her for any cat in the world, ragdolls are an adorable and loving breed.

KH January 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

We have what I’m starting to think is a ragdoll mix. He’s not
even 7 months old and is pushing 10 lbs. But he’s completely
black except for some silver (what the vet calls “smoke”)
under his tail. Which is so bushy it’s ridiculous! Oh, and
copper-colored rather than blue eyes. He was a stray–
was found at 6 months of age, 1.5 lbs, with two warbles
in his neck. So pathetic, but he’s *gourgeous* now.

Cheda December 24, 2010 at 7:23 am

I have 3 ragdolls from kitten. two females from 1 cattery and one male from the other cattery.
they play fetch hide and seek and meow. You can let them outside but you have to watch them very close.
The male one name is Silvester is around 7kg and is a huge cat hes not castrated cuz he doesnt spray at all in home.
They like to be picked up cuddled love petting and alot more.
You can play with them for hours.
Love Silvester Shiva and Maia

landree June 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I have a cat and i believe it is a black Siberian cat but he also just flops over my shoulder when i pick him up. could it be possible he’s mixed with ragdoll?

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