All About Ragdolls; Colours & Patterns

As figuring this whole colours and patterns thing out caused me some trouble while doing my research, I thought I’d try making it a little easier for other (potential) Ragdoll lovers. I’m not claiming I know everything, but this is a summary of the knowledge I’ve collected with my research. Get a cup of tea, because this is going to be a long, long post. Ragdoll cats can be divided into two categories; pointed and solid. Pointed ragdolls are considered traditional, and are acknowledged in championship competitions, which would mean Solids, Minks and Sepias are not.

There are three basic (traditional, pointed) patterns.

  • Colour-point
    On colour-pointed ragdolls, the ears, tail, face/mask and feet are a darker colour (e.g. ‘Seal’) than the rest of the body. Their nose and paw pads also match this colour. Pointed ragdolls don’t have any white markings on their body, although the paler shade of their body might make it look that way.
  • Bi-colour
    Bi-colour ragdolls have the darker ears and tail as well, but their mask is interrupted by a an inverted V-shape starting between the eyes, and going into the muzzle. They have what some would call a saddle on their back; the top of their back is also a darker shade. The rest of their body is white, and the nose and paw pads are traditionally pink.
    A known variation on Bi-colour is Van, also known as High Bi-Colour, in which most commonly the colouring doesn’t start until around the ears/above the eyes, and most of the face is white.
  • Mitted
    Mitted ragdolls are similar to the colour-points in their darker points, but their feet are white, which makes the cat look like its wearing boots and mitts. Their chins are white, they have a white strip on their belly, and their ruff (collar, mane, whatever you want to call it) is also white. The nose and paw pads match their darker points.
    A known variation on Mitted is High-Mitted, in which instead of just the feet, about three quarters or a larger part of the legs are white.

There are six ‘bonus’ patterns, that can be combined with the basic patterns or overlay them.

  • Lynx
    Also known as ‘Tabby’ as it shows tabby markings on the face in what look likes little V- or W-shapes. It can overlay any of the three traditional patterns.
  • Blaze
    A distinct white marking on the nose and/or between the eyes; commonly shaped as an hourglass (a.k.a. double blaze) or a triangle, but also seen as dots or stripes. Most commonly seen on Mitted or Tortie ragdolls.
  • Tortie
    This pattern appears on females only, and can overlay any of the three traditional patterns. Tortie-points are most commonly seen with splotches of cream, blue and red on their face, but there are other combinations.
  • Torbie
    A combination of the lynx and tortie pattern/overlay.
  • Mink
    Caused by a special gene. Mink ragdolls are very similar to the traditional colour-points, only their coat colours are darker, and warmer than the traditional ones with less of a contrast to the rest of the body. Their ideal eye colour is aqua, instead of the traditional blue, but the blue still occurs.
  • Sepia
    Very similar to to Mink ragdolls, only Sepia ragdolls have substantially darker coats, and they can have a multitude of eye colours, while Mink ragdolls can only have aqua or blue.

Mink and Sepia ragdolls are born with more colour on their coats than the traditional ragdoll; those are born completely white. They are also less common due to their special genes, which is why they sometimes cost more. Some breeders do not officially recognise Mink and Sepia ragdolls as part of the breed, and stick to the traditional colouring/patterns.

Then there are two non-traditional (non-pointed, and not officially recognised by a lot of breeders) options, having already mentioned Mink and Sepia;

  • Solid
    These ragdolls are uniform in colour, but they can still have show a Mitted or Bi-colour pattern. Solids are not blue-eyed, and can even have odd eyes (two colours. A special variation of the Solid ragdoll would be Solid-White; this is considered a very special breeding as they are completely white, but their genetic information is that of a pointed cat. 
  • Calico
    A colour mix of white, red and black. Again, they can have all sorts of eye-colours, and they carry the point-gene. Calico ragdolls are not common, and not officially recognised by the majority of breeders.

Now, for colours. There are six different colours traditional ragdolls can come in, not including mink, sepia and tortie variants. You can see these colours in the pictures.

  • Seal
  • Chocolate
  • Blue
  • Lilac
  • Cream
  • Red/Flame

From left to right, a Blue Bicolour, a Lynx Cream Point, a Chocolate Lynx Mitted with Blaze, a Seal Mitted with Blaze, a Lilac Point and a Flame Lynx Point, also known as Sanji, my friend’s cat.

Non-traditional ragdolls are a little harder when it comes to listing colours, since they are so many, many of which I do not know of. Some of the traditional colours can be found in Solid Ragdolls. These are the ones I’ve heard of so far;

  • Cinnamon
  • Black (Smoke)
  • White

I found all the information and pictures online, so copyright goes to the respective owners.

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