This page was originally published on Nov 7, 2014, but is updated regularly.
Seal Ragdolls – A seal Ragdoll is one that has a very dark brown color on it’s points – ears, nose, legs, tail and on their body. Sometimes they are called seal colorpoint or a seal point Ragdoll. Seal is one of the many colors that Ragdolls and other purebred colorpointed cats come in. For a seal Ragdoll’s coloring, their body color can vary from a light to medium to dark brown – depending on diet, genetics and location, the deepness of the brown may vary.
Seal Ragdolls’ belly and chest will also vary depending on their pattern. For example, a seal point mitted or seal mitted Ragdoll will have white mitts on their paws, a white chin (if they have a dark chin, they are considered mismarked), a white chest and a different stomach pattern. A seal point Ragdoll will be more uniformed – with brown ears, legs, tail, body and usually a pretty consistent belly pattern.
The photos and descriptions below will help you understand how seal is the color, but the pattern of the cat can really make it vary greatly.
Seal Ragdolls can come in a variety of patterns, but their dark brown fur is what makes them all seals.
- Colorpoint mitted (or sometimes just known as “Seal Mitted” or “Seal Point Mitted”)
- Mitted with a blaze
- Tortie or Torbie
And the above patterns can be combined – for example, you can have a Seal Lynx Mitted with a blaze Ragdoll cat.
Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide provides a good example of the different Seal Ragdolls patterns and colors, but some are included here in as well. Please check out the Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide Website as well (link below).
If you are really interested in showing your Ragdoll cat, there is a terrific website that shows what the cat must look like – Ideal Markings in Mitted and Bicolor Ragdolls
Below are photos submitted by readers and breeders of the different patterns that Seal Ragdoll cats can come in. We always welcome crystal clear photos of seal Ragdoll cats to be submitted. If you would like to add yours here, please contact us.
Seal Colorpoint Ragdoll Cat Photos
What is a seal point Ragdoll?
“Seal” is the name of brown color of hair as it relates to colorpointed cats. “Point” refers to the points of a cat – their ears, paws, face and tail.
So if you’re wondering what a seal point Ragdoll looks like – a seal point Ragdoll or a seal colorpoint Ragdoll (same description, but varied a little bit in words) has brown paws, brown eats, a brown face and a brown tail.
Seal (Colorpoint) Mitted Ragdoll Cat Photos
We have a page on the site dedicated to the seal mitted Ragdoll cat transition from kitten to adulthood. You can see it here: Ragdoll Cat Pictures: The Seal Mitted Transition
Seal Bicolor Ragdoll Cat Pictures
Seal Bicolor Torbie Ragdoll Cat Pictures
Seal Lynx Colorpoint Ragdoll Cat Photos
Seal Tortie Ragdoll Cat Pictures
Seal Torbie Ragdoll Cat Pictures
Seal Lynx Ragdoll Cat Pictures
The photos below are of Dior owned by Belladolls Ragdolls. Dior is a seal lynx bicolor Ragdoll (colour–because he’s Australian!).
More Seal Ragdoll Cat Photos
Seal Ragdoll Cat FAQs
Now that you’ve seen our lovely collection of pictures of seal point Raggies, you must have a very good idea of what these gorgeous cats look like.
We’ve made a list of the most frequently asked questions about this Ragdoll coloration and we hope you can find the answers you need.
Are seal point Ragdoll cats born with their trademark brown fur?
No, they are not. All Ragdoll cats are born entirely white (unless it is a Mink Ragdoll). Then, as they grow up, they develop their trademark brown fur on their faces and body.
You can read more about color progression in Ragdolls here. We also added an extensive photo gallery from out Floppycats community to show how the colors begin showing in Ragdoll cats.
Do seal Ragdolls change color?
Yes, they certainly do. Like all Ragdoll cats, seal points can also change color all throughout their lives. They get their generic colors young and then develop the secondary characteristics until they reach adulthood.
The other major wave of color changes comes when the cat reaches seniority. Elderly seal points also change color quite a bit. Aside from that, Ragdoll cats have a unique trait that makes them change color as their body temperature changes.
They can also change color due to diet changes like Charlie did – or because of environment (moving from a cold to warm climate) or because of health reasons.
How does a seal point Ragdoll change color when its body temp is high?
While the changes are visible, you will not notice them on your cat’s face, but rather on its body. When their body temperature increases, their fur becomes lighter in tone. If you notice your cat is suddenly whiter or that its fur is simply lighter in tone, you should probably check their body temperature.
How does a seal point Ragdoll change color when its body temp is low?
As their body temperature drops, Ragdoll cats develop lighter-toned fur. For instance, a gray patch will become lighter and even close to white. In seal point Ragdolls, you may notice that the brown in its paws is getting higher and higher.
Please note that the brown patches on its face are less likely to change. Whenever you see your Ragdoll cat getting darker fur, you should check their temperature.
How do you recognize a seal point Ragdoll cat?
The definite trait that makes a Ragdoll cat a seal point is the patch of brown fur on its face. This is the essential element that makes it a “seal”. As for the points, these are brown patches on its extremities – ears, paws, or the tip of its tail.
Are seal point Ragdoll cats rare?
No, they are not. In fact, the most popular type of Ragdoll cat is a seal point. When people think of Ragdoll cats, they typically picture a seal point Raggie.
This is the breed’s signature coloration, but it is not by far the only one. Just take a look back at the impressive variety of seal point Raggies in the picture gallery above.
At what age can you tell that a cat is a seal point Ragdoll?
While Ragdoll cats are all born white, when they are a few months old, their color traits begin showing. In seal points, you will be able to see its brown patch of fur.
If you are getting your Ragdoll cat from an authorized breeder, then it will be about three months old before you can take it home (I do not suggest getting a kitten from a breeder younger than 12 weeks – they need that time to learn from their mom and siblings). By that age, it will have all of its color traits and you can choose the cat you like best.
What are the characteristics required for showing for seal point Ragdolls?
To be qualified for showing, Ragdoll cats have to have all the required characteristics of the breed. Moreover, each coloration has a standard version and only the cats that have all the characteristics included in each coloration standard can be shown in competitions.
For seal points, it is a brown seal with a white chin and white mitts. A breeder will help you know if you cat is a show quality cat or a pet quality. There are usually categories for pet quality Ragdolls and show quality Ragdolls. So even if you have a pet quality Ragdoll, you may be able to show s/he.
Do seal point Ragdolls have to be brown?
Yes, they do. The “seal” is the brown patch of fur on their faces. While this can be larger in size (over the eyes and the mouth) or smaller (just around the nose), it has to be there for a Ragdoll cat to be considered a seal.
Do seal Ragdolls have blue eyes?
Yes, most of them do (unless it is a Mink Ragdoll). Their striking blue eyes are one of the best-known characteristics of Ragdoll cats. However, not all of them have blue eyes, and this goes for seal points as well.
There is no specific connection between a Ragdoll’s eye color and its seal point coloration. While rare, they can also have gold-yellow eyes or blue-green eyes.
Are seal Ragdoll cats only brown and white?
No, they are not. While the brown patch of fur on their faces is the essential characteristic for a cat to be considered a seal, it can present other coloration patterns on its body as well.
From bicolor seal Ragdolls to seal lynx point Ragdolls and all the way to seal tortie Raggies, there are plenty of amazing combinations out there.
Can seal Ragdolls also be lynx Raggies?
As you can see in our photo gallery above, there are plenty of combinations when it comes to Ragdoll cats. If the brown patch of fur on the Raggie’s face is also brindle, then it is both a seal and a lynx.
Are there any seal and torie Ragdoll cats?
Yes, there are and you can see some of them in our pictures above. If a cat presents the characteristic black and brown tortoiseshell (tortie, in short) and also that for a seal Raggie, then it is a seal tortie Ragdoll cat.
What do seal point Ragdolls look like when they are old?
When seal point Ragdolls reach seniority, their body temperature drops. This causes their darker fur to become lighter in tone. For seal points, that means that the light-colored area around their brown patch will get lighter and also bigger.
In time, it will gain ground over the brown patch and the brown part will become smaller. You will notice lighter to white fur on their faces more and more. Depending on their coloration pattern, you will also notice this on the rest of their bodies, but the changes to the fur on their faces will be the most noticeable.
Is your kitty a seal point Ragdoll as well? If so, in which category would you include her? Tell us all about the amazing colors of Ragdoll cat in the comments section below. You are more than welcome to share pictures of your kitty with us and the rest of Floppycats community on Facebook. Let’s explore the wonderful colors of this amazing breed together!
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