Tortie Ragdolls: The Ultimate Guide to These Calico Beauties

Meet the tortie Ragdoll, a feline masterpiece where sass meets sweetness, and fiery fur swirls around mesmerizing blue eyes. These calico cuties aren’t just beautiful—they’re a genetic anomaly wrapped in a purring cuddle bug. If you are searching for a calico Ragdoll or calico ragdoll cat, it’s probably because you have seen either a tortie or torbie Ragdoll cat.

Desi, a seal tortie mitted with a blaze Ragdoll cat as a kitten and at 3.5 years old. Loved by Shohnda
Desi, a seal tortie mitted with a blaze Ragdoll cat as a kitten and at 3.5 years old. Loved by Shohnda

The nomenclature is just different in the breed’s descriptions of colors and patterns, but in essence is the same thing.

Forget the classic Ragdoll’s point markings. Torties bring the party with a kaleidoscope of orange, cream, black, and even chocolate, dancing across their plush coats. No two patterns are alike, making each tortie a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. But this vibrant splash of color isn’t just a fashion statement; it’s a genetic quirk!

X Cromosome

The tortie magic happens thanks to the X chromosome. Female cats have two Xs, and the orange fur gene lives on one. When both X chromosomes carry the gene, you get a fiery orange cat. But when only one X has it, the result is a calico or tortie, depending on how the orange patches get “painted” onto the developing kitten.

What’s The Difference Between Tortie and Calico?

“The Only Difference Between a Tortie and a Calico Is the Presence of White. The calico pattern has an extra spotting gene, which produces white, unpigmented spots. Those white spots can be either small or very big.” – sourced from PetHelpful.

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Prada 5 year old Seal Tortie Ragdoll cat from Kansas Ragdolls bred by Leanna at House of Steward Ragdolls
Seal Tortie mitted Ragdoll cat, Kansas Ragdolls Prada loved by Laura

It doesn’t make a lot of sense then, why calico Ragdoll cats are called torbies or torties – since they always have white on them, but the fact remains that they are. Some get the words “tortie” and “torbie” confused.

Sookie a seal tortie Ragdoll cat loved by Addy
Sookie, a seal tortie Ragdoll cat as kitten (L) and as an adult (R), loved by Addy

However, the name “torbie” derives from a tortie (calico like coloring) that also has a lynx gene (tabby stripes), but the cat may still be referred to as a tortie, when technically it is a torbie. Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide provides a good example of the different patterns and colors. Please check out the Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide Website as well.

Tortie Ragdoll Coat Pattern Standards

According to the CFA standards for the Ragdoll breed, there are various factors to look for to confirm a purebred tortie Ragdoll cat breed. In all of them, the eye color will be blue. That blue Ragdoll eye is really quite striking.

In a Seal-Tortie Point, the body color will be pale fawn or cream, shading to the lighter color on the stomach and chest. Older cats might show some cream in the body color. The points will be seal brown, mottled with red or cream, while the nose leather and paw pads will be seal brown and ideally have flesh or coral pink mottling.

The coat pattern on a Chocolate-Tortie Point will be mainly ivory and can be mottled with older cats. The points are a warm milk chocolate color, sometimes mottled with cream and/or red. Paw pads and nose leather will be cinnamon shaded.

Jingle, a blue cream tortie Ragdoll cat, loved by Kim
Jingle, a blue cream tortie Ragdoll cat as kitten and as an adult, loved by Kim

Lynx Ragdoll variants of both of these pointed cat color variants exist. These include the same coat color but with stripe patterns on the legs and an ‘M’ shaped outline on the head.

The Tortie Personality

Don’t let the tortie’s fiery fur fool you. These cats are known for their laid-back, lap-loving personalities. They inherit the ragdoll’s signature “floppy cat” trait, going limp with contentment when cuddled. But be warned: beneath that cuddly exterior lies a sassy spirit. Torties are known for their independent streak and playful personalities, keeping their humans entertained with their antics.

  • Tortietude: Some believe torties have a spunkier personality than other cats, and often describe them as independent and opinionated. Science hasn’t confirmed it, but who can resist a cat with ‘tude?
  • Rare and Regal: Only about 25% of Ragdolls are torties, making them more unique and potentially pricier than their point-marked counterparts.
  • Talkative Torties: Some owners swear torties are more vocal than other cats, expressing their opinions (and demands) with a variety of meows and chirps.

Photos of Tortie Ragdolls

Dive into a kaleidoscope of colors, from fiery orange and rich chocolate to creamy swirls and inky black. Witness the mesmerizing blue eyes that pierce your soul, and prepare to be charmed by the playful personalities peeking through each pose.

These fluffy wonders are more than just stunning models; they’re cuddle champions, mischief makers, and purring bundles of joy. So scroll through, fall in love, and maybe even find your next furry soulmate!

Find photos of Tortie Ragdolls below, including those beautiful piercing blue eyes.

Seal Tortie Ragdoll Cats

Prada 5 year old Seal Tortie Ragdoll cat from Kansas Ragdolls bred by Leanna at House of Steward Ragdolls
Seal Tortie mitted Ragdoll cat, Kansas Ragdolls Prada loved by Laura
tortie ragdoll
Seal Tortie mitted Ragdoll cat, Motley Ripley born February 27 2016
seal tortie mitted ragdoll
Seal Tortie mitted Ragdoll cat, Motley Ripley born February 27 2016
Tortie Ragdoll Cats with a Blaze Seal Mitted Tortie with a blaze Mia and Mya
Mia and Mya – they are sisters. They are seal point mitted torties and Mia has the full mask and Mya has the half mask. They are a year and a half old. My girlfriend Tina and I live with them in Cape Coral Florida.

Seal Tortie Bicolors

Lila is a seal point bicolor tortie Ragdoll cat Pictured here at 14 weeks and 9 months
Lila is a seal point bicolor tortie Ragdoll cat. Pictured here at 14 weeks and 9 months. Photo by Lisa Davidson. Lisa wrote, “Lila was about 14 weeks old in these pictures and was pretty much a white cat with odd-colored ears and  tip of color at her tail. Her flame coloring on her face was completely absent, and if not for her little pink nose and toes, there was no way to tell she was a bicolor.”
Pacificats Pippa Longstockings, a seal tortie point bicolor girl at 14 weeks old
Seal Tortie Bicolor – Pacificats Pippa Longstockings
Pacificats Pippa Longstockings, a seal tortie point bicolor girl at 7 months old
Pacificats Pippa Longstockings is a seal tortie point bicolor girl (above) 14 weeks old and(below) at 7 months old
Pacificats Pippa Longstockings, a seal tortie point bicolor girl
Seal Tortie Bicolor – Pacificats Pippa Longstockings
Pacificats Pippa Longstockings, a seal tortie point bicolor girl
Seal Tortie Bicolor – Pacificats Pippa Longstockings
Pacificats Claire, a seal tortie point bicolor girl
Seal Tortie Bicolor – Pacificats Pippa Longstockings as a kitten

Pacificats Claire, a Seal Tortiepoint Bicolor

Pacificats Claire, a seal tortie point bicolor girl
Pacificats Claire is a gorgeous seal tortie point bicolor ragdoll kitten at (above) 7 weeks old and (below) at 7 months
Pacificats Claire, a seal tortie point bicolor girl
seal tortie point bicolor ragdoll, Pacificats Claire
Collage of tortie ragdolls

Snugglers – A Chocolate Lynx Torbie Bicolor

Snugglers, a tortie Ragdoll cat

Snugglers’ owner writes, “I bought Snuggler from Sue VIllareal (Lonerock Cattery, Bancroft, Wisc.) BUT Snuggler was bred by a gal named Deb who had a small cattery in Madison, Wisc I Think – – SNuggler was listed on her Pedigree as “Little Deb Snuggler”, her mother was “Little Deb Lilah” & her father came from Gypsy Moon Ragdolls in Indiana, his name was “Gypsy Moon Possum”.”

Snugglers
Snugglers
Snugglers
Glory, a chocolate tortie bicolor owned by Lonerock Ragdolls, Sue Villareal
Glory, a chocolate tortie bicolor owned by Lonerock Ragdolls, Sue Villareal
Annabella, a seal flame bicolor torbie, owned by Brita Pingry
Annabella, a seal flame bicolor torbie, owned by Brita Pingry
Annabella, a seal flame bicolor torbie, owned by Brita Pingry
Annabella, a seal flame bicolor torbie, owned by Brita Pingry
seal tortie lynx point mitted torbie goose
Goose, a seal tortie lynx point mitted Ragdoll cat, who is 11 years old and is loved by Lindsay

Blue Tortie Ragdoll Cats

Blue Mitted Tortie Ragdoll Cat Nova loved by Mikaela Chris
Holliewoodrags Nova, blue tortie point mitted Ragdoll cat loved by Mikaela & Chris in Nottingham, UK
Chloe a blue tortie colourpoint Ragdoll cat loved by Charlotte - follow her on justchloetheragdoll
Chloe, a blue tortie colourpoint Ragdoll cat, loved by Charlotte – follow her on @justchloetheragdoll
Blue Cream Tortie Ragdoll Cat Freya loved by Helen
Blue tortie Ragdoll
Ivy, a Blue cream tortie Ragdoll, loved by Gina
Ivy, a Blue cream tortie Ragdoll, loved by Gina
Angelight Ragdolls Kittens
A Blue Cream Tortie Point Bicolor kitten and her sister, a Seal point tortie Point Bicolor from Angelight Ragdolls at 8 weeks old, Chamomile is a blue cream tortie bicolor, while her sister is a Seal Tortie Bicolor. Chamomile will have cream and blue patches with white, and Jasmine will have Seal (brown) and red patches with white.

Can a Ragdoll be a tortie?

Yes, a Ragdoll can be a tortie! In fact, the tortie pattern (also called tortoiseshell) is a recognized variation within the Ragdoll breed.

While the standard Ragdoll pattern features pointed markings on the face, ears, legs, and tail, some Ragdolls can also have tortie points, or a mix of orange, cream, black, and chocolate patches on these areas.

Tortie Ragdolls are less common than traditional Ragdolls with pointed markings.

Male Tortie Ragdolls are exceptionally rare. Due to the genetics of the tortie pattern being linked to the X chromosome, only females can have two X chromosomes carrying the orange and black fur genes. Males only have one X chromosome, so they can only be orange or black, not both.

Some people confuse Tortie Ragdolls with Calico cats. While both have patches of different colors, the patterns are slightly different:
Tortie Ragdolls have distinct patches of color on their pointed areas (face, ears, legs, and tail).

Calico cats have patches of color all over their bodies, including white areas, and not necessarily in pointed patterns.

Do tortie Ragdolls have blue eyes?

Yes, tortie Ragdolls, like all Ragdolls, typically have beautiful blue eyes. The blue eye color in Ragdolls is due to a gene that limits melanin production in the iris. This gene is present in all Ragdolls, regardless of their coat color or pattern. Therefore, whether you have a classic pointed Ragdoll, a tortie, or any other variation, you can expect those captivating blue eyes.

It’s important to know that the shade of blue can vary from a pale icy blue to a deep sapphire.

What is the difference between tortie and torbie Ragdoll?

Torbie Ragdolls are tortie but with a tabby or lynx pattern. So if a tortie Ragdoll is like a canvas painted with colorful blocks. Then a torbie Ragdoll like the same canvas, but with some of the blocks having intricate patterns within them.

Tortie Ragdoll:
Torties have patches of orange, black, and cream in the classic Ragdoll pointed markings (face, ears, legs, and tail). They have no tabby patterning (stripes or swirls) within the colored patches. They are more common than a torbie Ragdoll.

Torbie Ragdoll:
Torbies also have patches of orange, black, and cream in the pointed markings, but the patches often show tabby patterning (stripes or swirls). Their tabby patterning is due to an additional “lynx” gene alongside the genes for the tortie colors. They are ess common than a tortie Ragdoll.

What color Ragdolls are rare?

The rarest Ragdoll colors are lilac and flame point. Lilac Ragdolls are gray and cream in color and flame point Ragdolls are light red and orange in color. Ragdoll cats of these colors are particularly important for breeding.

What does bicolor Ragdoll mean?

A bicolor Ragdoll is a Ragdoll cat that has an inverted and symmetrical V in its mask. Bicolor Ragdolls have almost their whole backs colored and they have white on the front and back legs. They also have a long white strip that extends from under their chins to their bellies and the lower part of their tails.

Are Ragdolls high maintenance?

No, Ragdolls are not high maintenance cats, but they do require regular care from their owners. These cats need regular grooming because they are long-haired cats, and they also need playtime with their owners. Ragdolls are independent cats, but they need to be stimulated intellectually with toys and playing.

Do Ragdolls get fluffier with age?

No, Ragdolls do not get fluffier with age, but they do get fluffier during winter when they have their cold season coats. They begin shedding in spring to shift toward the summer coat.

How long do Ragdoll cats live?

Ragdoll cats can live 9 to 15 years, on average, but most of them will live longer than that. There are records of Ragdoll cats that have lived to the age of 26, so it ultimately depends on the individual.

Are Ragdolls hypoallergenic?

No, they are not. In fact, no cat is 100% hypoallergenic because people can develop allergic reactions to cats’ saliva, urine, dander, fur, etc. Ragdoll cats do not have undercoats, which has sparked the myth that they are hypoallergenic, but that is not true.

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16 Comments

  1. Fabiana Kerbes says:

    I know this thread is a little old but I was wondering if anyone knew of a good breeder that has tortie ragdolls? I absolutely love the color but its not that easy to find!

  2. Gorgeous flurries.
    Have a real curiosity in my life.
    I found this site because I was trying to find out what point coloring is on one of two kittens my female had.
    One is a lilac point mink female, and turns out the other is a seal Torrie… however, the Tortie is a male.
    Didn’t believe that was possible.
    How rare is that? Anyone?

    1. I am not sure that I follow. Maybe send me photos of your kittens? Did the breeder not know?

      1. Apologies.
        Completely new to Ragdolls
        My first is Jemma, and she was bred when I got her.
        Owners were moving out-of-state and could not take her.
        No clue how to get in touch with them now.
        Named the female kitten Hippolyta and the male Perseus.
        Both fearless and floppy and lovebugs!
        How do I get photos to you?

  3. Olivia owner says:

    hOW DO I LEAVE Olivia’s picture I used to have your website Jenny but I have lost it what I need is your personal address so I can send you the picture of my Diva.
    Jason

  4. Patti Johnson says:

    OMG, I lurve me some tortie/torbie Ragdolls!!!! One of my very favorite color patterns. (Actually it’s hard to find a color pattern on a Ragdoll that I’m not crazy about. lol)

    But, the tortie/torbie color pattern really reasonates with me as it just is so random and beautiful and every single kitteh seems to have this gorgeous different splotchy thing going on with their adorable faces!

    The pics of the kittehs above are SUPER GORGEOUS!!!! Miss Pippa Longstockings (gotta love THAT name!) and Miss Claire are my favorite pics because of those beautiful splotches on their face! Argh! Gah! Beauty and cuteness overload!!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these pics, Jenny!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbug 🙂 <3

  5. Reinforcing the no scissors comment- I was stupid enough to try it and poor Andy ended up with 5 stitches on his chest and I felt horrible. I didn’t cut him, but the skin pulled away from the matt and split. I agree with the pulling gently with your fingers- if your cat will allow it, you can usually work them out. Otherwise, I let the experts at my vet give them a buzz with shears.

    1. Late comer to this topic, but have a solution even long-haired non-Rags love.
      I keep my nails long.
      When I find a tangle I just start easy scratching skin and gently work my nails outward through the tangle starting at the outside edges.
      Every kitty I’ve had the pleasure of meeting loves the fact that a human has claws too.
      Some are suspicious off the standard grooming tools, but fingers are lovin’ tools.

  6. Gently work around the edges pulling the hair straight. The furball will get smaller. If you very, very carefully use the blade of a scissors or something else straight or sharp work through the hairball from near the cat (hand protecting) out, splitting it into one or more knots. It you do this over time, watching tv with your cat in your lap etc, you can work it out without having to cut a bald spot in your cat.

    1. That’s the same way I deal with Milly’s large knots and do it when their sleepy they don’t notice as much.

  7. My male Ragdoll occasionally gets an armpit matt. The only painless way out is electric Grooming sheers. Buy yourself a kit (about $25), if you have another person it takes 2 seconds to sheer it away. You’ll never know it was there with all their hair! I always have to do it by myself, and this cat hates to be held!!! I tried combs with blades, matt pullers, and the grooming sheers is really the only tool you’ll ever need that works fast and is painless….Never ever use scissors!!!!!!!!!♥

  8. My 18 month old Ragdoll Tinkerbell has developed a large furball on her breast – what is the best way to deal with this?

    1. Hi, Kathy! Mats can be very painful as they pull at the kitty’s skin. If left, a skin infection can develop, so it is important to get it out. If the mat is close to the skin, you will have to shave it off or get a groomer to do it. If it can be worked away from the skin, you can carefully use a small pair of scissors to cut it out. They only time I work on sorting out a mat, is if it is small and far enough away from the skin so that I can hold it and the pulling doesn’t hurt the Raggy. Hope this helps.

    2. Sharon Wood-Purdy says:

      The best way I have found is to use a seam ripper. It is only sharp on the one part, you will not cut the cat’s, or dog’s skin ( I have used this method on dogs, as well ). Just break the matt apart, little by little, then comb, or pull it apart. Takes a little patience, but dies not seem to bother the pet. And no bald spots!

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