How to Tell if My Cat is a Ragdoll?

Last Updated on August 6, 2021 by Jenny

If you are trying to find out if a cat is a Ragdoll cat, then there are a few steps that could lead you towards the right answer. If you think that your cat might be a Raggie, then checking for some specific traits of the breed might help you towards your answer. Please note that there are only two ways to know for sure if your cat is a purebred Ragdoll:

  • If the cat has official papers from an authorized cat association like CFA or TICA – Ragdoll breeder stating that the cat is a purebred pedigreed Ragdoll.
  • If the cat takes a DNA test – this can confirm or deny that the cat is a Ragdoll or Ragdoll mix. If your cat does not have papers from a breeder, then the only way to confirm that it is a Ragdoll is by performing a DNA test.  Update: I learned from this post on our Facebook Group that the UC Davis Cat Ancestry test is better.

Aside from these two official methods, you can find out if your cat is a Ragdoll or maybe part Ragdoll by analyzing the cat. Here’s what you should do:

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Analyze the Cat’s Physical Traits:

If your cat looks like a Ragdoll, then it must be a Ragdoll. But what does a Ragdoll cat look like? Here are a few key areas that you should check:

Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Charlie with an hourglass blaze outside on grass IMG_1730

Check the Eyes

Almost all Ragdoll cats have blue eyes. It is one of the best-known traits of the breed. While there are Ragdoll cats with non-blue eyes, these are not accepted by Ragdoll associations. If your kitty has beautiful blue eyes, then you should keep looking because you are certainly on the right track.

15-year old Ragdoll Cat Caymus Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat with Paws Crossed under table IMG_3725
15-year old Ragdoll Cat Caymus

Check the Cat’s Size and Weight

Ragdolls are large in size compared to other cats. Adult males weigh between 12 and 21 lbs and adult females weigh between 8 and 15 pounds. Start by weighing your cat to see if it matches this weight class. If it does, keep looking because you may have a Raggie. If you have a small-sized cat with Ragdoll features, then you might have a half-breed.

10-year old blue lynx mitted trigg chiggy outside April 2020 upside down IMG_2286
10-year old blue lynx mitted Ragdoll cat Trigg

Check the Cat’s Coloring

Ragdoll cats have many colors and patterns. They can be blue, seal, chocolate, lilac, cream, tortie, mink, solid, or flame. As for the patterns, they can be bi-color, van, mitted, or colorpoint. You should see pictures with the variations of these Ragdoll colorations to see if your cat looks like any of them. Check to see if your cat is pointed – if the fur on its body is lighter than the points on its body – its face, ears, tail, and legs.

Check the Cat’s Coat

Ragdoll cats have a very special coat texture. Their fur is luxurious and very light to the touch. They have medium-long fur and they shed very little compared to other cats. Grooming Ragdoll cats is quite easy, especially if you have the right tools for the job. If your cat’s fur is easily matted, then you might not have a Ragdoll because one great characteristic of this breed is that they don’t get mats as easily as other long-haired cats.

10-year old blue lynx mitted trigg chiggy outside April 2020 IMG_2291

Analyze the Cat’s Personality and Temperament

Ragdoll cats are not only famous for their extraordinary fur and beautiful blue eyes. They are among the most popular cats because they also have a delightful personality. They are great with people, they are easy going, and they are delightfully floppy. Here’s what you should be looking for:

Analyze the Cat’s Personality

One of the best Ragdoll personality traits is how they become completely relaxed when they are picked up. They just lie limp, like dolls, which is actually how the breed got its name. While there are some exceptions out there, their floppy personality is a characteristic of Ragdoll cats. If this sounds like something your cat does, then you may have a Raggie.

Trigg Chiggy Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll cat laying on grass outside IMG_1720

Analyze the Cat’s Engagement Level

Ragdoll cats are called puppy dog cats because they are extremely playful. Many of them enjoy playing fetch with their owners, and they will not miss out on the opportunity to play with you. Naturally, some Ragdoll cats are more playful than others, but all Raggies are engaged when it comes to playtime. Does your cat like playing with toys? Have you ever tried playing fetch? You might want to give it a try. Even if it won’t end up answering your Ragdoll breed question, you will surely have a lot of fun.

Analyze the Cat’s Social Skills

Ragdoll cats are excellent companions and they have a special affinity for humans. They are great with people and also children. They become very fond of their masters and they enjoy spending a lot of time with them. They can turn into feline bodyguards because they follow their owners all over the house, including the bathroom. They usually don’t draw a lot of attention, they simply enjoy being close to their human companions, so you can often find them lying down quietly, close to you. Ragdolls are also very good with dogs, which makes this breed one of the few that is appropriate for cat and dog households.

Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Charlie with an hourglass blaze outside on brick patio IMG_1545
Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Charlie

Check the Cat’s Documentation

If you have any documentation for your cat, this could be extremely useful to help you find out if it is a Ragdoll. If it meets all the breed characteristics, then the cat should have a pedigree clearly pointing out its breed, as well as its genealogy. If you don’t have that, then you should look for the cat’s medical records. When the cat was vaccinated or examined by a veterinarian, the cat got a chart and you should find information about its breed there. If you have any information about the cat’s parents, that could be extremely useful.

Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Cat Trigg Stretched Out Sleeping IMG_0409

Take a Test:

A Floppycats’ reader, Beth, took a test for her cat using the Basepaw kit, and here is what she said:

“The whole process was very easy.  I ordered the kit online (Amazon).  It arrived 2 days later.  The kit consists of a box, which is also used to return the kit with the postage included.

test a Ragdoll Cat for genetics

Inside the box are the instructions and a tube that contains a swap and mixing liquid. I created an account on and registered the kit with Bailey’s information.  

  • I took the swap and rubbed/swirled it along the inside of Bailey’s cheek and gums for 10 seconds.
  • Then I inserted the swap into the end of the tube with the liquid and shook it up.  
Basepaw testing for Gentics

I returned it to the box, and mailed it through the USPS. Then I waited.  They say it takes 4-6 weeks.I mailed Bailey’s kit on 6/14 and received the results on 7/30.

Ragdoll Cat Genetics Test

I received an email once the results were ready. The results include the breed analysis, the health markers, the feline breed categories, and an overview of each breed.”

Seek a Professional Opinion

If you think that your cat has all the Ragdoll traits, then you can seek a professional opinion to get a confirmation. Here’s who you can talk to:

Contact the Official Associations

You can contact the Ragdoll Fanciers Club International or the Cat Fanciers Association and ask them for an opinion on your cat. They can also help you get in contact with reputable Ragdoll breeders, who can help you find out if your cat is a Ragdoll.

Speak to Your Veterinarian

You can also talk to your veterinarian about your cat’s breed. Your doctor can help you find out if your cat is Ragdoll or not. The vet can analyze the cat, as well as its documents, and answer your questions. Have you managed to tell if your cat is a Ragdoll? This breed has many amazing traits and if your cat shares them, then you might have your very own Raggie. Tell us all about your process in the comments section below.

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9 thoughts on “How to Tell if My Cat is a Ragdoll?

  1. Sally says:

    Thanks for the information. I was curious if our adopted rescue cat was part Ragdoll. He is a large cat about 15lbs with a white streak down his nose, white chin, white neck and continuous white soft medium fur all the way down his abdomen to his tail. He has white mitt paws. He looks like he is part American short hair otherwise. He is super sweet super easy to pick up and place over our shoulder. He is easy going about being picked up. He has always acted like a dog, coming to greet us and sit next to us on the sofa. He even comes on walks around the block with our puppy. He even naps next to our rescue puppy. He does not have blue eyes, he has light yellow green eyes and a wide face. He does not bite or scratch people. He is super gentle. At the shelter he was the volunteers’ favorite. As soon as you open the door to his crate he would sit on your lap. He does seem to go rather limp when picked up. So was curious if he may be a mix of Ragdoll and American shorthair. Thanks

  2. Connie Hamilton says:

    Hi i am getting my little ragdoll in 6 weeks am paying 800 hundred for him not found out much about him yet but would really like to know if he is a full bread i have pictures thank you. Xx

    • Jenny says:

      The only way to know if he is purebred is if he has the papers to prove it. $800 sounds pretty inexpensive – that’s around what I paid for mine 11 years ago.

  3. Midge Connor says:

    We are cat lovers. Waiting for the queen to give birth mid sept. Here in Idaho. Very happy in anticipation. Want to know anything and everything about rag dolls.

  4. Gloria says:

    Help Please. I live on the Central Coast in CA. and I’m looking for a special companion. . . We had our last kitty for 18 years,a nd she was wonderful We don’t have any pets at the present but have wanted a Ragdoll for several years, .

  5. Patti Johnson says:

    P.S. Miss PSB is a purebred Ragdoll that we got from a very lurvely & pawesome breeder (Little Apple Ragdolls) back in January 2013. 🙂 <3

  6. Patti Johnson says:

    SUPER PAWESOME & FABULOUS POST, Jenny honey! Such great info and GORGEOUS pics!!! TYSVM for sharing! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & blessings!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks, Patti – yes, knowing you got your Ragdoll from a reputable breeder is the easiest way to know you have a Ragdoll.

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