This page on our site covers the Ragdoll breed description - but after having this website since 2008, I have come to learn you can't always rely on breed descriptions. So, be sure to keep in mind if you adopt a Ragdoll cat, s/he could have all these traits, some of them or none at all.
Aren't sure you have a Ragdoll Cat? Review our Ragdoll Cat Breeds guide on how to tell if your ragdoll is purebred.
|Weight||Females up to 15+ lbs (6.8 kg)|
Males up to 20+ lbs (9.7 kg)
|Length||17-21 includes (not including tail)|
|Origin||Developed in the 1960s by Anne Baker, a breeder in Riverside California|
|Life Expectancy||13-15 years|
|Coat||Semi long coat, plush and silky|
|Traditional patterns||Bi-color, van, mitted and colorpoint|
|Traditional colors||Seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, and cream|
|Traditional points||Solid, lynx, tortie, or torbie (tortie and lynx)|
|Eye Color||Blue eyes [controversial Minks and Solids might not have blue eyes]|
|Qualities||Breed Score *|
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- Breed Summary
- The Meaning Behind "Ragdoll" Cats
- A Little Ragdoll Cat History
- Ragdoll Cat Breed Characteristics
- Ragdoll Cat Health
- Ragdoll Cat Colors, Points & Patterns
- A Few Tips on Getting a Ragdoll Cat
- 60 FAQs About Ragdoll Cats!
- ❓ General Ragdoll Information
- ❓Ragdoll Health & Lifespan
- ❓ Ragdoll Cat Care
- ❓ Ragdoll Colors & Patterns
- ❓ Owning a Ragdoll Cat
- ❓ Feeding Ragdoll Cat
The Meaning Behind "Ragdoll" Cats
Ragdoll cats are known colloquially as “floppy cats”, they did, after all, get their name, “Ragdoll” from being floppy. Many Ragdoll cats are known to literally “flop”. They adore being handled and often go limp when picked up – hence, its name and its nickname, the floppy cat (and the reason for our site name - Floppycats).
A Little Ragdoll Cat History
The History of Ragdolls is not that extensive because Ragdolls are a relatively new breed of cat compared to others. The first Ragdolls were bred in California in the 1960s by Anne Baker.
Baker bred a white Angora Persian type cat queen, Josephine, who had a Himalayan coat pattern (Siamese) to beautiful longhaired Burmese sire and Birman sire males. The breeding resulted in cats of substantial size, non-matting coat and a very equable disposition.
The kittens with the desired looks were kept and carefully line bred to keep the strain pure. In fact, all Ragdolls must be descendants of Josephine. No other strain of Persian, Birman, or Burmese has been introduced. The traits of the Ragdoll cat can only be found in Josephine’s descendants where the history of Ragdolls exists. The looks may vary slightly as to pattern or color, but the disposition must remain the same to be a Ragdoll. No one, not even the originator, can add to the lines at this time, and still have a purebred Ragdoll.
For a deeper dive into the Ragdoll history check out this post.
Ragdoll Cat Breed Characteristics
The Ragdoll cat is probably most famous for their calm disposition compared to most cats. However, Ragdolls have a more dependent personality than other cats do. Ragdolls prefer to be near people as much as possible and enjoyed being doted on. Ragdolls are also a great breed for children. Many don’t mind being hauled around and being dressed up. The Ragdoll is an all around ideal cat.
Ragdolls, on average, are larger than most cats. The average female Ragdoll is between 14 or 15 lbs, and male Ragdolls average closer to 20 lbs, however, some males can be as big as 30 lbs. According to multiple sources, Ragdoll does not reach full maturity and size until it is 3-4 years old.Since Ragdolls have an extremely mellow disposition, they do not possess the fighting instincts of other cat breeds and therefore should not be left to roam outside.
Ragdoll Cat Health
Usually, most Ragdoll lines are free of most major health risks. Ragdolls are normally a good breed for lower health risks.
Just like any other cat breeds, Ragdolls can be prone to developing health conditions. Health starts with diet, and these websites are great at explaining cat nutrition - CatInfo.org and Feline-Nutrition.org. For a more comprehensive understanding of your Ragdoll’s health, be sure to read the cat health advice given by veterinarians ebook.
Ragdoll Cat Colors, Points & Patterns
While there are not multiple Ragdoll cat breeds, there are multiple Ragdoll colors and patterns. All Ragdoll cats are born white, but as they grow, they develop a wide variety of colors and patterns, seen in the ragdoll color progression. They are colorpointed cats, which means that their bodies are lighter in color than their extremities. As for the patterns they can develop, Ragdolls can be colorpointed, mitted, bicolor, lynx point, or tortie point, as per the Ragdolls Fanciers Club International (RFCI) & Cat Fanciers Association (CFA).
If you want to see more fun photos of Ragdoll kitten to cat changing colors as they age check out our Colorpointed Cats Transition: Ragdoll Cats.
Traditional Ragdoll Colors
|Blue Ragdoll||The body of the cat is a very light gray and the extremities are a darker shade of gray - various color patterns.|
|Seal Ragdoll||The body is creamy white and the extremities are a very dark shade of brown.|
|Chocolate Ragdoll||A combination of a light-colored body and light brown extremities.|
|Lilac Ragdoll||The body is very light in color and the extremities are gray and cream-colored.|
|Cream Point Ragdoll||A combination of an ivory colored body and creamy extremities.|
|The body is very light in color and the extremities are red or orange.|
Traditional Ragdoll Points
|Solid Ragdolls||With this pattern, the cat will have colored markings on its points – the paws, ears, tail and face. Nose leather and paw prints are also pigmented, matching the points.|
|Lynx||Lynx is a variation of other patterns. It includes lynx markings – stripes or ‘pencil lines’ – within the colored points.|
|Torbie||The Torbie pattern is a combination of the tortie calico colors, with the tabby striping of the lynx pattern.|
|Tortie Ragdolls||Short for tortoise shell, which the pattern is said to resemble – these cats are calico-colored, which is a mix of three colors with patches of various size.|
Traditional Ragdoll Patterns
|Bicolor Ragdoll||This pattern has a symmetrical inverted V in the mask. The whole back will be colored, while the front and back legs will be white with a white strip on the cat’s underside.|
|Colorpointed||With this pattern, the cat will have colored markings on its points – the paws, ears, tail and face. Nose leather and paw prints are also pigmented, matching the points.|
|Van||Cats with a van pattern will only have darker points across the ears, mask and tail, which will be well defined from the rest of the white fur. Pads and noses will be pink.|
|Mitted||Ragdolls with a mitted pattern have well-defined color on the legs, ears, mask and tail. However, the front feet and back legs around the hocks will be white, as will the belly.|
More Controversial Ragdoll Color Patterns
|Mink Ragdoll||Mink Cats are just darker versions of their lighter counterparts–like Blue, Lilac, Red, Seal, Solid, and Tortie.|
|Solid Ragdolls||Solids come in the same three patterns and same colors as the pointed, except Seal (dark brown) is Black on solid cats.|
|Black Ragdoll||This color variation for Ragdolls is yet to be accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA)|
A Few Tips on Getting a Ragdoll Cat
There are a few different options you can pursue if you are looking for a Ragdoll cat for sale.
Rescuing a Ragdoll Cat
One option is Ragdoll rescue organizations. There is no one go-to place for Ragdoll cat rescue, but there are a variety of smaller or regional organizations that specialize in Ragdolls to look into, or you can go for more general options like shelters. If you are looking at local shelters, be aware that Ragdolls are often mistakenly grouped under Himalayan and/or Siamese. You might also ask a breeder if they have an older Ragdoll breeding cat who needs to be retired to a permanent home.
Adopting a Ragdoll Cat
Another option is to adopt a kitten directly from a breeder, but be aware that it does take some research to find good local Ragdoll cat breeders. Even breeders who are hardworking and invest a lot of time and energy into their business can still have quite a few problems. Some ways to evaluate a breeder are to check and see if their cats look healthy and happy in pictures, find out more about their reputation, for example, whether they were raised in the breeder’s home and if they were exposed to children and/or dogs. If you have children or dogs, a cat bred in this environment might be better prepared for your home. Look into multiple breeders so that you can compare these and use these questions to ask cat breeders.
The breeder will present you with the official documents of the parents, including their medical background (and vaccination status). Another way to get your very own Ragdoll cat is to adopt one from a cat shelter. Even if this breed is one of the most popular ones in the world, pet abandonment is still a big issue. This way, you can save the life of a Ragdoll in need. You will be getting a companion in return.
If you're looking to adopt Ragdoll kittens, you might be interested in our book about bringing home a Ragdoll kitten, A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home.
Buying a Ragdoll Cat
If you are looking how to get a ragdoll cat, then you should begin by searching for authorized catteries in your area. It is absolutely essential that you get your cat from a breeder because that is the only guarantee that you will get a purebred Ragdoll cat. The kittens in this breed look a lot like kittens of other breeds, which means that it is quite easy to get scammed unless you seek your cat in a well-reputed cattery. You should take the time to talk to the breeders to find people with whom you connect with. You should also request to see the parents of the kittens because this should give you an idea of what the kittens will grow up to look like.
Ragdoll Cat & Kitten Pricing Suggestions
- Rags, purchased in 1989 with his brother Cosby – $350/each
- Caymus and Murphy, purchased in 2004 – $600/each (reduced by $50 each because my parents were buying 2)
- Charlie and Trigg, purchased in 2009 – $800/each (reduced by $50 each because I was buying 2)
Here is a breakdown of the prices of Ragdoll kittens that I have found (please leave comments below to let me know if prices are much higher than these):
|Pet (Alter) Quality||USD$850+||(some breeders charge more for females due to the fact that spaying costs more than neutering, also some breeders will charge more for rare or non-traditional color patterns, like Torties , Creams, Lilacs and Flames)|
|Show (Alter) Quality||USD$1200- USD $2300+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is perfectly marked to be shown at cat shows, but is spayed or neutered.|
|Breeder Quality||USD$1500- USD $2500+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is fit for breeding and should also have been tested to be free of genetic diseases.|
|Show/Breeder Quality||USD$2300- USD $2700+||This is a Ragdoll cat that is perfectly marked to be shown at cat shows, and is also fit for breeding.|
Cost of a Pet Over their Lifespan
Owning a pet has many factors such as food, veterinarian visits, pet insurance, grooming their long hair, and related expenses of owning a cat.
60 FAQs About Ragdoll Cats!
We've prepared a list of the most commonly asked questions about Ragdoll cat facts. We hope you find the answers you need right here:
❓ General Ragdoll Information
Are Ragdoll cats quiet?
Yes, they are. While they do engage in social activities and spend time with their human parents, most Ragdoll cats are not vocal. So, if you are looking for a cat to have conversations with, this may not be it. However, their quiet nature makes them ideal for apartment living.
Are Ragdoll cats deaf?
No, they are not. This is one of the common misconceptions about this breed, particularly the lighter-color members such as lilac points or blue points. Their lightly-colored coats and their blue eyes have made many question their hearing, but it is not the case for Ragdoll cat.
Are Ragdoll cats playful?
Energetic, curious, and engaging, Ragdoll cats have a surprising dog-like personality which will immediately show once you start living with them. This is why they actually tend to be playful and very resourceful in spending their time around the home. They can simply enjoy being by themselves by finding something to play with, and they typically relish playing with their human companions just as well.
Regardless if you’re engaging in simple physical games with your Ragdoll, such as playing catch, or if you’re stimulating it with puzzles and other specially created games, you can immediately notice how your cat becomes interested and thrilled. Having said this, here are 5 of our favorite toys for Ragdoll cats: