Ragdoll Cat Colors and Patterns

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Ragdoll Cat Colors and Patterns

Originally published Nov 6, 2014

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 is the white stripe that goes down the center of the nose.

Ragdoll Patterns and Colors
Dandenong Tora Rhianne from Ciara’s Ragdolls

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.

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Any cat that is a color-pointed breed (like a Ragdoll, Birman, Himalayan, Siamese, etc.) 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.

Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Charlie as a Kitten and as an Adult
Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Charlie as a Kitten and as an Adult

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.

Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Cat Trigg Bliss Happy IMG_0511
Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Cat Trigg

As a result, all pointed 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.

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

Here is a list of the different Ragdoll cat colors.  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.

Ragdoll Cat Color Patterns Blue Bicolor Mitted Point Lynx 1.6

Ragdoll Cat Color Patterns Blue Tortie Bicolor Mitted Point Cream 7.12

Ragdoll Cat Color Patterns Seal Blue Red Cream Bicolor Mitted Point Lynx Tortie 13.18

Ragdoll Cat Color Patterns Seal Bicolor Mitted Point Lynx Tortie 19.24

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

Seal bicolor Ragdoll cat Addie IMG_7802
Seal bicolor Ragdoll cat Addie

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 it 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 spotting. ITs legs and its feet are entirely white, which is the preferred variant. They may also display minor dark spots.

The paw pads are preferred to be pink in color, 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 if it 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.

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The Van Pattern

Ragdoll Breeder Tennessee Center Hill Ragdolls 1
Oliver – Traditional Seal Van Bicolor, Altered Pet – Center Hill Ragdolls

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 maybe limited to the upper part and it may 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. If the point color on the head or the tail is absent entirely, then the cat is disqualified.

The Colorpoint Pattern

Seal colorpoint Ragdoll Cat Harlow IMG_3432
Seal colorpoint Ragdoll Catm Harlow

For this Ragdoll cat pattern, the point appear darker, with a well-defined color on the ears, mask, feet, and tail. The nose leather and paw prints are fully pigmented and they match the color of the point.

There is a definite contrast between the body and the points. The chest, bib, and chin areas may be somewhat 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

Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat Charlie with a Blaze on Red Asian Chest IMG_0486
Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat with a Blaze, Charlie

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 it must extend no higher than mid-thigh.

The nose leather appears to be fully pigmented and it must match the color of the point. 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, 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 2 years of age and that the absence of the white chin is cause for disqualification.

Ragdoll Cat Markings and Colors – FAQs

Now that you’ve seen all the main colors, patterns, and markings, we have even more interesting info about Ragdoll cat characteristics. We’ve prepared a list of the most frequently asked questions about Ragdoll colors and patterns.

Blue Lynx mitted Ragdoll Cat trigg chiggy cleaning bathing Seal mitted with a blaze Ragdoll cat Charlie
Blue Lynx mitted Ragdoll Cat trigg chiggy cleaning bathing Seal mitted with a blaze Ragdoll cat Charlie

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 this is 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 truly exceptional, so people are looking for this particular type of Raggie.

What are the rarest Ragdoll colors?

In spite of 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 purposes because they possess this rare set of genes that gives these remarkable colors.

Are all Ragdoll cats born white?

Yes, regardless of the final color they have, all Ragdoll kittens are born entirely white. Then, in the first few weeks of their lives, they start to develop the color of their coat.

While some of them 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.

Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Cat Trigg Chiggy August 2019 IMG_5589
Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Cat Trigg August 2019

How can I tell what color my Ragdoll kitten is?

To find out which color your Ragdoll kitten is you have to wait at least one month. In the first part of their lives, all Raggies are white, but then, 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 2 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 color 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 amount of time.

Ragdoll Cat Color Change – Charlie
Ragdoll Cat Color Change – Charlie

While this is unlikely to happen in normal conditions, the temperature-related color change becomes visible when the cat’s body temperature goes either 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, in turn, when their body temp 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.

Seal Ragdoll Cat Color Change Charlie
Seal Ragdoll Cat Color Change in Charlie

Do Ragdolls change colors when they get old?

Yes, they do. When Ragdoll cats become old, 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 normal 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. This is different in the cold season and in the warm season.

During the colder months of the year, the Raggie gets its winter coat, which is visibly fluffier, but then, when the warmer months arrive, it will begin to shed and it will be left with a smoother and shorter coat.

Ragdoll Cat Charlie WInter Coat vs Summer Coat
Ragdoll Cat Charlie WInter Coat vs Summer Coat

What is a traditional Ragdoll cat?

The typical color for a Ragdoll cat is the seal point. It’s all in the history of the Ragdoll cat. The very first Raggie, named Josephine was what we now call a seal point and all the Ragdoll cats in the world are essentially her descendants.

Seal mitted Ragdoll cat Caymus IMG_1438
Seal mitted Ragdoll cat, Caymus

The typical colors for Raggies were the four standard 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.

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. There are also various patterns they can display, 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 completely visible? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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  1. […] paws, a beautiful bushy tail and blue eyes that are large and oval in shape and they come in a variety of color points and mitted. The coat is silky and medium in length, and the fur is fairly dense. The coat comes in seal, blue, […]

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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