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The Ragdoll is a large affectionate, semi-longhaired cat with captivating blue eyes. One of the largest breeds in the cat fancy, the Ragdoll gets along well with children and other pets, including dogs, often living up to its name as it gets carried around the house in a child's arms. These sturdy cats have no extreme features and blend easily in to the busy modern household.

We often get questions about colours and patterns available in the ragdoll breed. Below are descriptions of coat styles, colours and patterns accepted by TICA.

Coat & Eyes

As per the TICA Ragdoll standard, Ragdolls come with Blue eyes and a traditional pointed coat.

Ragdoll kittens are born white and develop their colours as the age. They are pointed which means the points of the cat (nose, tail, paws) are darker than their body and once developed will stay this way. As with all pointed breeds, the standard calls for Blue eyes, these can be many different shades from light baby blue to a dark deep navy.

Colours

The traditional colours of ragdolls are Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Flame, Cream and Tortie.

A seal point has dark brown/black points, with a light tan body color. Similar to Siamese coloring. A Blue (Seal with (+/+) for the Blue dilute gene) has dark gray/blue points, with a frosty light-gray/silvery body color.

Chocolate is a ressesive colour but contrary to the popular belief is not a dilute colour, it has milk chocolate-colored points and an ivory color body. Lilac is the dilute of the chocolate colour, it has pinkish-gray points, with a frosty white body color

Red (Flame) has dark orange points and a white body, while Cream the dilte version of Red has very light orange/ivory points and a white body. Tortie is the result of a combination of flame or cream with any of the other traditional colours.

Patterns

A colorpoint has dark points, with a lighter shade on the body. They have no white markings.

A mitted has the same points as the colorpoint, with the exception of having pure white "mitts" on the front paws and "boots" on the back legs, as well as a stripe of white fur on the underside, from the under-edge of the chin, along belly, to base of tail.

A bicolor has dark pointed ears, mask, and tail (like the colorpoint), but it has a pink nose and an upside-down "V" shape of white over the nose (in the mask). The body color forms a saddle shape on its back, and the remainder of the cat is white. This one has the most white of all the patterns.

A kitten that ends up with two mitted genes is called high mitted which looks just like a bicolor on the outside but is different genetically, so it is not a "true" bicolor.

A tortie point has random "patches" of the point color along with swirls of cream or red. They may or may not be mitted or bicolor. The tortie pattern only shows up in females but can be "carried" by males.

A lynx point has tabby markings mixed in with the colorpoint, mitted, or bicolor pattern.

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