Ragdoll Patterns and Colors

| November 6, 2014 | 4 Comments

Ragdoll Patterns and Colors:

Dandenong Tora Rhianne from Ciara's Ragdolls

Dandenong Tora Rhianne from Ciara’s Ragdolls

Ragdoll cats come in a variety of patterns and colors. Each one is absolutely beautiful and elegant in its own right. The Ragdoll pictured above, Dandenong Tora Rhianne, is a Seal Mitted with a blaze. The blaze, of course is the white stripe that goes down the center of the nose.

The Ragdoll cat has a soft semi-long coat which does not require as regular a grooming as many other long-haired breeds. Ragdolls are born white (unless they are minks) and Ragdoll Patterns and Colors come in slowly. You can tell seal and blue anywhere from a few days to a week, but you cannot determine chocolate and lilac for 3-4 weeks. All color is completely evident by 8-12 weeks but Ragdoll Patterns and Colors do not come for about 2 years.

Any cat that is a point will color later in life basically because the point gene reacts to the surrounding warmth. As a result, all point kittens that have been inside their mom, with a constant warm temperature will be born as (almost) complete white. The moment the kittens start to be exposed to the lower ambient temperature they start to color.  Since their extremities will tend to be colder, they will color the fastest. Ragdoll cats will continue to color with age (the older, the less blood will flow through the veins…the darker the cat will become) and they will also continue to vary with season. Some full grown Ragdolls will be a hint lighter in summer than in winter. Any cat that is a point will color later in life basically because the point gene reacts to the surrounding warmth.

As a result, all point kittens that have been inside their mom, with a constant warm temperature will be born as (almost) complete white. The moment the kittens start to be exposed to the lower ambient temperature they start to color. And given that their extremities will tend to be colder, they will color the fastest. They will continue to color with age (the older, the less blood will flow through the veins… the darker the cat will become) and they will also continue to vary with season. Some full grown Ragdolls will be a hint lighter in summer than in winter.

Merlin and Myst

Myst (Blue Colorpoint Ragdoll) and Merlin (Seal Mitted Ragdoll) (owned by Karen Wilkinson)

Here is a list of the different Ragdoll cat colors and patterns.  If you are looking for pictures of specific Ragdoll color patterns, they will be on each of the following pages.

Are you interested in knowing what types of Ragdoll color patterns produce what color patterns in kittens? If so, please click on either link below to find out more.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Patti Johnson says:

    Every single color combination and pattern is so gorgeous to me! I wish I could have one Ragdoll each for every combination & pattern possible! Wow. I’d have a lot of Ragdolls, wouldn’t I? 🙂 <3

    Lurve, lurve, lurve the photos and links to all the different types of Raggies! Such gorgeous babies!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  2. Elena says:

    I have blue colored Raggdoll. She is very cute and adorable, but her mother is Seal Mitted, and both types of coats are very beautiful! (but I prefer Blue colored :))
    With love Elena&Kasya

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