Ragdolls are large, heavy cats, with broad chests and large hindquarters. They are slow-maturing, and do not reach full maturity until approximately three years of age. Females are smaller than males, weighing about 10-15 pounds on average. Males weigh an average of 12-20 pounds as adults, although some may grow to be larger.
The Ragdoll’s medium length, silky coat has a soft rabbit-like texture. There is little shedding of the coat except in the spring and fall. Its soft texture means it does not tend to mat, requires occasional combing.
There are 6 basic colors
SEAL – is a dark brown that’s almost black.
BLUE – (SEAL dilute) is a dark bluish grey.
CHOCOLATE – is best described as a chocolate brown.
LILAC, (CHOCOLATE dilute) is a noticeably lighter shade of blue/grey with a slight pinkish tinge.
RED or FLAME, is much like most red cats you’ve seen.
CREAM dilute) it a noticeably lighter shade
Note: Ragdolls are born ALL white with their color coming in slowly and full color isn’t reached until they are around 3 years of age.
There are 5 basic patterns:
COLORPOINT, has dark points (ears, tail, face and feet) with a body of a lighter shade. that has just one color on its body. Colorpoint a do not have white markings. (although the pale body color may appear white on some cats).
MITTED, has dark points and lighter body like a colorpoint, but also has white “mitts” on the front paws, white “boots” on its rear legs and as an added attraction, has a white chin, a white strip on the stomach, and a white ruff.
BI-COLOR, has the dark points (ears and tail), but the mask has an inverted white “V” running between the eyes and expanding into the muzzle. The body color forms a “saddle” on the cat’s back and the remainder of the cat is white. Bi-colors have pink nose leather and paw pads.
LYNX is a pattern of dark stripes of the same color that’s on the body. Lynx come in any of the traditional ragdoll colors.
TORTIE and TORBIES have orange and cream “mottling” mixed in with their primary color. The mottling can be very extreme to slight. Every Tortie is unique, there are no two alike, each have different markings.
TORBIE is term used to describe a tortie cat which also has the lynx gene (tabby stripes). Tortie + Tabby = Torbie