The Chocolate Ragdoll is a lighter brown in color than the Ragdoll sealpoint. "Chocolate" is the color of the cat's points - but their patterns can vary just like other colors in the Ragdoll cat breed.
Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide provides a good example of the different patterns and colors as well. Please check out the Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide Website as well.
According to the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), here is what these patterns and variations look like:
The Chocolate Point Ragdoll Cat
The body of the chocolate point Ragdoll cat is ivory in color, which can shade gradually into a lighter color toward the cat's stomach and chest. Its points are a milk-chocolate-like color, in a warm tone.
The eyes are blue in color and the nose leather and paw pads are cinnamon-pink.
The Chocolate Lynx Point Ragdoll Cat
The body of the chocolate lynx point Ragdoll cat is ivory in color. Please note that body shading may take the form of ghost striping or ticking.
As for the points, these appear like warm milk-chocolate bars, distinct and separated by a lighter background color. The cat's ears are a warm milk-chocolate with a paler thumbprint in the center.
The eye color of the chocolate lynx point Ragdoll cat is blue. The specific pattern for the nose leather is cinnamon, which is considered permitted, but the preferred version is pink edged in cinnamon.
The paw pads for the chocolate lynx point Ragdoll cat are cinnamon in color.
The Chocolate Tortie Point Ragdoll Cat
The body of the chocolate tortie point Ragdoll cat is ivory in color, but it may appear mottled in older cats. The points are milk-chocolate in color, in warm tones, but it may appear variably mottled with red and/or cream.
The specific eye color for this type of Ragdoll cat is blue. The nose leather and paw pads are cinnamon in color. Please note that flesh or coral pink mottling is the desired version for chocolate tortie point Ragdoll cats.
The Chocolate-Tortie Lynx Point
The body of the chocolate tortie lynx point Ragdoll cat appears ivory in color. The body shading may take the form of ghost striping or ticking and/or cream mottling.
The points appear as milk-chocolate bars, distinct and separated by a lighter background color. The ears are a warm milk-chocolate-like color and they present a paler thumbprint in the center.
Please note that variable mottling of red and/or cream may overlay the markings of the points. The specific eye color of the chocolate tortie lynx point Ragdoll cat is blue.
The nose leather can be cinnamon in color, which is considered permitted, but please note that the preferred version is pink edged in cinnamon. Additionally, flesh or coral pink mottling may be present.
The paw pads for the chocolate tortie lynx point Ragdoll cat are cinnamon or they could be cinnamon mottled with flesh or coral pink.
Please note that chocolate tortie lynx point Ragdoll cats resemble lynx points more than they do tortie points.
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Chocolate Bicolor Ragdoll Cats
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Chocolate Point Mitted Ragdoll Cat
Chocolate Point Mitted Ragdoll Cat with a blaze
Chocolate Ragdoll Kittens
The kittens pictured below are from Guysndolls Ragdolls in Australia. They are all Chocolate kittens.
The kitties below are from Beautiful Ragdolls.
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Are chocolate Ragdolls rare?
Yes, chocolate Ragdolls are rare, which also makes them more expensive than Ragdolls of other colors. Blue Ragdolls are the most common. Raggies in terms of color, and chocolate and red Ragdolls are the rarest. Keep in mind that if you are looking for a chocolate Ragdoll cat, it may be more difficult to come across one.
What is the difference between chocolate Ragdolls and seal point Ragdolls?
Both chocolate and seal point Ragdolls have ivory white bodies and brown points. The main difference between them is the shade of brown.
Seal point Ragdolls have intense dark brown points, while chocolate Ragdolls have their points in a much lighter and warmer shade of brown, which can vary all the way to milk-chocolate.
Take a look at the pictures above and compare them to our collection of seal point Ragdoll cats to notice the difference.
Are chocolate Ragdolls born brown?
No, they are not. Like almost all other Ragdoll cats, chocolate Raggies are born entirely white. In the first few days, it's almost impossible to figure out what color the kittens are going to be.
It can take a couple of weeks until the kittens get color in their coats. Read our article on Ragdoll color progression and development to find out more.
Do all chocolate Ragdolls have blue eyes?
Yes, they do. According to the CFA, chocolate Ragdoll cats should have blue eyes. However, genetics may sometimes be unpredictable, so it is not impossible for a chocolate Ragdoll to have different-colored eyes, but it is unlikely.
Can chocolate Ragdolls change color?
Like all Ragdoll cats, the chocolate variety also shares this amazing ability to change color. It all comes from a gene that is specific to this breed that affects the way they produce pigment in their coats.
For them, pigment production is dictated by body temperature. When their temperature gets higher, they can't produce pigment properly, so their coats appear lighter in color.
On the other hand, when their body temperature is lower, pigment can be produced, which makes the color of their coats darker in shade.
How do chocolate Ragdolls change color when their body temperature is high?
When their body temperature is high, the milk-chocolate-colored areas of a chocolate Ragdoll cat become milkier. These will not become entirely white, but they will appear in a lighter tone.
This is most visible in the areas where their coats are lighter, which will get closer to their ivory background. What you may notice is that the pattern of the cat's coat is different.
Should you notice that your chocolate Ragdoll suddenly has lighter-colored fur, then take its temperature. If it has a fever, then you should take the cat to a veterinarian.
How do chocolate Ragdolls change color when their body temperature is low?
As their body temperature becomes lower, pigment production is increased in chocolate Ragdolls and their milk-chocolate areas become darker in tone.
You may notice a shift from chocolate toward brown, and if this is the case, then consider taking their temperature.
While fevers are a sign of acute diseases, low body temperature is also a sign of disease, which can also be acute, but also chronic. So, if you notice that your cat has low body temperature, then take it to the veterinarian.
Are overweight chocolate Ragdolls darker in color than slim ones?
This might seem unlikely, but body weight does affect how a chocolate Ragdoll is colored and it has everything to do with fatty tissue deposits. In overweight cats, this type of tissue is present in large quantities below the skin, which maintains a lower temperature in the skin area, where pigment production happens.
This happens because fatty tissue has low thermal conductivity and blocks the heat away from the skin. The most affected areas are the abdomen and chest areas and the fur in this area will appear darker in tone in chocolate Ragdolls that are overweight.
However, this is not permanent. If the cat loses weight and the fatty tissue deposits disappear, the heat barrier disappears with is, and pigment production is decreased. Then, the fur will become lighter in color.
Do chocolate Ragdolls get darker coats when they get older?
Yes, they do and it also has to do with their body temperature. Young chocolate Ragdoll cats have fast metabolisms and higher body temperatures, which makes pigment production decrease and keeps their coats lighter in color.
Then, as they get older, their metabolism starts to slow down, and their body temperature drops. This triggers an increase in pigment production and the cat's fur becomes darker in color in the areas where the temperature is lowest, which are the limbs, the face, and the abdomen.
Old chocolate Ragdolls also get white fur on their faces, but their coats become darker in tone.
Are there any chocolate lynx Ragdoll cats?
Yes, there are. Chocolate Ragdolls come in two lynx variations - Chocolate lynx point Ragdolls and Chocolate-tortie lynx Ragdolls.
Their points look like milk-chocolate-colored bars, which are distinct and separated by a lighter background color.
Their nose leather can be either full-cinnamon, but the preferred version is pink edged in cinnamon. For both lynx variations, the paw pads are cinnamon in color and the eyes are blue.