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 a domestic cats and possess a warm, affectionate disposition.
Ragdolls are known to greet you at the door and follow you around your home like a puppy 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 can 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 and 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 five colors with three color patterns. Colors are designated by combining coat color and pattern…for example “Sealpoint” or “Blue Bicolor.”
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 sealed 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 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 blues 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.
Flame point cats are creamy-white with apricot to orange points.
MINKS and SEPIAS The mink Ragdolls come in traditional pointed colors, but the color is much richer than in traditional pointed Ragdolls. Also the mink Ragdoll kittens are born with color -- not white, as the traditional. Their color is so rich that the pointed color difference is minimal – it is there, but barely visible, especially in the darker shades. The mink also descends from the original cats that went into creating the Ragdoll breed.
Solids are non-pointed cats. They are part of the foundation lines and have the deepest saturation of color. Solid Ragdolls come in black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, cinnamon, fawn, blue/cream, and calico/tortie. Solid Ragdolls also have the same three patterns as the traditional Ragdoll (pointed, mitted, or bicolor, however, the point color is not visible). Any of these patterns and colors (depending on the mating) can also be marked with lynx (tabby stripes). Eye color between the traditional pointed variety, mink/sepias, and solid Ragdolls are also distinguishing features of each. With the traditional Ragdoll, the eye color is always blue. Whereas, the mink Ragdoll has either a blue or lovely aqua (blue-green) eye color. The sepia can have aqua or golden-green eye color. The solids have eye colors of green, gold, copper, or blue-green.
Please note all kittens are born with blue eyes and their true eye color does not begin to appear until 10 to 12 weeks of age