Ragdoll Cat Colors and Patterns
Ragdoll cat colors and patterns come in a wide variety. Each one is gorgeous and elegant in its own right. For example, the Ragdoll pictured below, Dandenong Tora Rhianne, is a Seal Mitted with a blaze. The blaze is the white stripe that goes down the center of the nose.
The Ragdoll cat has a soft semi-long coat that does not require as regular a grooming as many other long-haired breeds. Ragdolls are born white (unless they are mink cats), and Ragdoll cat colors and patterns come in slowly.
Ragdoll Colors & Patterns Quick Guide
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 entirely evident by 8-12 weeks, but Ragdoll patterns and colors only come for about 2 years.
Any cat that is a color-pointed breed (like a Ragdoll, Birman, Himalayan, Siamese, etc.) will color later in life because the point gene reacts to the surrounding warmth. As a result, all point kittens inside their mom, with a constant warm temperature, will be born (almost) completely white.
The moment the kittens start to be exposed to the lower ambient temperature, they start to color. Since their extremities 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, and the darker the cat will become). They will also continue to vary with the season.
For example, some full-grown Ragdolls will be slightly lighter in summer than in winter. Any cat that is a point will color later in life because the point gene reacts to the surrounding warmth.
Here is a list of the different Ragdoll cat colors. If you are looking for pictures of specific Ragdoll cat colors and patterns, they will be on each of the following pages.
- Blue Ragdoll
- Chocolate Ragdoll
- Cinnamon Ragdoll
- Cream Point Ragdolls
- Lilac Ragdoll
- Mink Ragdoll
- Red Ragdoll or Flame Ragdolls
- Seal Ragdoll
- Solid Ragdoll
- Tortie Ragdoll
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.
Ragdoll Cat Breeds
Aside from color, Ragdoll cats also display various patterns. As defined by the Cat Fancier’s Association, here are the main patterns observed in Ragdoll cats and their main characteristics:
The Bi-Color Pattern
For bi-color Ragdoll cats, the points are restricted to the ears, tail, mask, and saddle area, where they appear shaded. The mask is white and looks like an inverted “V,” which remains within the outer edges of the eyes. Please note that symmetry is preferred for this color pattern. The nose leather is pink.
The body appears colored like this – the cat’s chin, chest, and underside are white, while its upper body may display spots. Its legs and feet are entirely white, which is the preferred variant. They may also show minor dark spots.
The paw pads are preferred to be pink, but a mixture of colors on the paw pads and the fur are acceptable because of the presence of two colors in the pattern. Please note that to determine the color, the point color of the ears is the deciding factor.
It is cause for penalties if the “V” extends beyond the outer edges of the eyes or is excessively asymmetrical. White markings on the ears may also lead to penalties. If the “V” is absent or if it has dark spotting, the cat is disqualified. This is also the case if the cat presents extensive dark areas on any of its legs.
The Van Pattern
For this pattern, the point color is restricted to the ears, tail, and mask. The color of the ears and tails is dense and clearly defined. Minor white spotting is allowed. The mask may be limited to the upper part and display some gradual fading in color.
The body, the legs, and the feet of the van pattern cat must be pure, glistening white. Please note that minor spotting is allowed. The nose leather and the paw pads are pink.
Should the cat present more than 20% color on the body, this is cause for penalties. Additionally, the cat is disqualified if the point color on the head or the tail is absent entirely.
The Colorpoint Pattern
For this Ragdoll cat pattern, the point appears darker, with a well-defined color on the ears, mask, feet, and tail. In addition, the nose leather and paw prints are fully pigmented and match the point’s color.
There is a definite contrast between the body and the points. Therefore, the chest, bib, and chin areas may be lighter in color. Please note that the presence of any locket or white spot anywhere on the cat’s body is cause for disqualification.
The Mitted Pattern
Mitted Ragdoll cats display points in well-defined colors on the legs (except for the feet), ears, mask, and tail. They may even have a white blaze shaped like a star, a diamond, an hourglass, or a line in one patch or broken, centrally, and symmetrically located anywhere from the top of the nose leather to the forehead.
The chin has to be white, and it must extend into a white stripe on the belly. The front feet display white mittens, which must be evenly matched. It is preferred that these go up to the wrist joint. On the hind legs, the white must go up to and around the hocks entirely and extend no higher than mid-thigh.
The nose leather appears fully pigmented and must match the point’s color. As for the paw pads, these must be pink, but they may display minor spotting of color, which corresponds to the color of the points. The body must be in definite contrast with the points.
Mitted Ragdoll cats must also have a white belly stripe, which may vary in width from the bib, between the forelegs, and down the midline of the cat’s underside. Please note that soft shadings are allowed on the body. Keep in mind that the full color is achieved at two years of age and that the absence of the white chin is a cause for disqualification.
Ragdoll Cat Markings and Colors – FAQs
Now that you’ve seen all the primary colors, patterns, and markings, we have more interesting information about Ragdoll cat characteristics. We’ve prepared a list of the most frequently asked questions about Ragdoll colors and patterns.
What Is the Most Popular Ragdoll Color and Pattern?
The most popular Ragdoll color is the seal point. This is what the traditional Ragdoll cat looks like and what people expect to get when it comes to Raggies.
After the seal point comes the blue point Ragdoll, which has dazzled many cat lovers with its lavishly good looks and steel gray coat. The next Ragdoll on the popular list is the lilac. This off-white shade with lavender-pink tones is exceptional, so people are looking for this particular type of Raggie.
What Are the Rarest Ragdoll Colors?
Despite their popularity, lilac Ragdolls are still very rare. Another rare sight is the flame point Ragdoll cat. Raggies that come in these colors are very important for breeding because they possess this rare set of genes that gives these unique colors.
Are All Ragdoll Cats Born White?
Yes. Regardless of their final color, all Ragdoll kittens are born entirely white. Then, in the first few weeks of their lives, they start to develop their coat color.
While some might take approximately one month to be visible, others take much longer. For instance, it takes as long as two years for mitted Ragdolls to develop their final coloration pattern.
How Can I Tell What Color My Ragdoll Kitten Is?
You must wait at least one month to find out which color your Ragdoll kitten is. In the first part of their lives, all Raggies are white, but they gradually get their coloration.
After only a few days, you can get some hints, but it takes as long as 3-4 weeks to see if you have a chocolate or a lilac Ragdoll cat. The color becomes completely visible at 8-12 weeks, but for the patterns to finalize, it might take as long as two years, as is the case for mitted Ragdolls. So, be patient, and enjoy exploring your cat’s coloration!
Do Ragdoll Cats Change Color?
Yes, they do. The most spectacular Ragdoll color progression change in Ragdoll cats is that caused by temperature. It is most visible when the cat is exposed to heat or cold for an extended time.
While this is unlikely to happen in normal conditions, the temperature-related color change becomes visible when the cat’s body temperature goes up or down. When their body temp is high, the fur on their bodies (not their legs or extremities) becomes visibly lighter in tone.
Then, when their body temperature goes down, the fur on their bodies becomes darker in tone. If you notice any change in your Ragdoll cat’s fur color, you should first take its temperature and then take it to the vet for a checkup.
Do Ragdolls Change Colors When They Get Old?
Yes, they do. When Ragdoll cats age, their senior years will be marked by the whitening of their fur. This becomes particularly visible on their faces, but it is not restricted to this.
First, their coats will become darker on their bodies and their extremities. This is a response to their chronic drop in body temperature, which is considered average for senior cats. Aside from that, they might get some white hairs on their faces.
When Do Ragdolls Get Fluffier?
Temperature is the main factor that determines the fluffiness of your Ragdoll cat’s coat. But, of course, this is different in the cold and warm seasons.
During the colder months of the year, the Raggie gets its winter coat, which is visibly fluffier. Still, when the warmer months arrive, it will begin to shed and be left with smoother and shorter fur.
What Is a Traditional Ragdoll Cat?
The typical color for a Ragdoll cat is the seal point. It’s all in the Ragdoll history story. The first Raggie, Josephine, was what we now call a seal point; all the Ragdoll cats in the world are her descendants.
The standard colors for Raggies were the four common Himalayan – Seal, Chocolate, Lilac, and Blue. As for the patterns, these were solid points, from their Siamese part, mitted, from their Birman part, and bi-colors.
What Is So Special About Ragdoll Cats?
What seems to set Ragdoll cats apart from other breeds is their floppy nature, puppy-like personalities, and bunny-like fur. As such, many “dog people” prefer Ragdolls over other cats. While not all Ragdolls are floppy, most don’t mind if you hold them. Also, not all Ragdoll coats are the same, but the breed standard is a non-matting bunny-like fur.
As you can see, there are plenty of color markings for Ragdoll cats. This wonderful breed comes in seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, flame, cream, and tortie. They can also display various patterns, such as bi-color, van, colorpoint, and mitted.
Which is your favorite of them all? What color is your Ragdoll cat? How long did it take before its color was apparent? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.
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,
Lookin to get Rag doll kitten. For ESA.lost my daughter
I learned long ago not to recommend breeders! I believe that people should make sure to do their homework on reputable breeding practices and decide for themselves. But some readers do recommend some breeders.
Here are the pages on the site that you might find helpful:
How to Know if a Cat Breeder is Reputable: An Interview with Bette Willette
A small checklist when looking for a breeder:
Are they TICA or CFA registered?
Do they show their cats?
Do they DNA test?
Do they keep kittens at least 12 weeks of age?
Do they provide a health guarantee?
Do the kittens come to you already spayed/neutered?
Do you feel comfortable with the communication with the breeder? You want to be able to contact your breeder months or years down the road with questions.
To see if a cattery is actually registered with TICA, you can go to this website. Be patient, when adding the cattery name into the search engine, it can take a minute or two to respond. The TICA online list is only a list of TICA catteries that decided to pay an extra fee to be listed. It is actually a very small percentage of Ragdoll breeders that did choose to advertise there.
For CFA cattery names, you can check here.
RFCI is a great place to look also, the catteries listed there have been checked thoroughly to ensure they are registered with one or more of the major cat associations. They do sign a code of ethics as well, however with any breeder, do your own research and homework.
Watch out for scams – https://www.floppycats.com/ragdoll-breeder-website-scam-ragdoll-family-or-ragdoll-giants.html
You might also search for a Ragdoll rescue, so we have the following webpage to help you find a Ragdoll Rescue in your area:
If you find someone you like, you can always send me a link to their website and if I see any red flags, I will let you know – that’s the best I can do.
Good luck! Hope that helps and hope you’ll share your new little one with us on Facebook when you get s/he.
My kitten’s mother is a Bicolor ragdoll and her father is a seal point ragdoll and even though her paperwork says she is a seal point, she is clearly lilac point. Does this combination produce a lilac point kitten very often or is it rare?
I have three Ragdolls, one mitted Traditional and two blue mink. I was originally adopting a brother and sister then come to find out Mom could no longer have kittens because of the size of two in the litter I adopted from. Mom is only 6.8 pounds and I could not love her enough but three are most certainly a handful. Can’t say enough about the breed, just love them to pieces.
Lots of loves, Lisa, Blue Angel (Mom Cat), Milo and Reigna
Great info to repost, Jenny! I ALWAYS enjoy reading about this specific topic as the number of color patterns are soooo varied & beautiful! So hard to pic a favorite! I would lurve to have one Ragdoll with each available color pattern…lol. Would definitely need a much bigger place…lol. 🙂 <3
Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3
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
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!
Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3