Welcome to the site dedicated to Ragdoll Cats. Hope that you will find here your future favorite pet.
The Ragdoll is a large, semi-longhaired cat, with gorgeous blue eyes. As the name suggests they are a floppy cat that loves a cuddle and ‘flop – go limp’ when you pick them up. Their coat is said to be non-matting, rabbit like but if you disregard it, knots can appear, especially under the front and hind legs.
Ragdolls have a superbly gentle, laid-back temperament that are totally devoted to their owners. As kittens they are full of life and inquisitive and as they mature they become very loving, trusting cats that follow their owners everywhere. They become puppy-like and even learn to come to their name. They love human company and because of their gentle loving temperament are an indoor cat only.
Patterns & Colours
Today you can view many colours in the breed. Currently the main colours in the Ragdoll are Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red and Cream. They also come in Tortie and Tabby (Lynx) Patterns. Chocolate and Lilac are allot more difficult to acquire.
The Ragdoll patterns are:
Bicolour - white inverted "V" in the facial mask, white legs, feet, ruff and stomach, point coloured ears and tail.
Colourpoint - facial mask, ears, feet, tail and nose. A colourpoint has no white.
Mitted - White in front paws "gloves" and halfway up in back legs. Chin and chest are white and stomach has a white strip. Sometimes a mitted Ragdoll may also have a white blaze/snip on the nose.
Chocolates and Lilac by Trumagik Ragdolls
There is a little bit of controversy about the lilacs and chocolates. Currently in Australia there are very few quality lilacs and chocolates as many don't understand how to produce these colours. There have been reports of lilacs being purchased and on arrival finding out they have indeed purchased a blue ragdoll. The best way when looking at these colours is the pedigree, if true and correct? I have found some pedigrees in ragdolls showing lilac and chocolates that are really blues or seals.. So ONLY if your pedigree is true and correct you will be able to work out whether you indeed do have a carrier or a true lilac/chocolate. Remembering that it is the parents ONLY not 2 or more generations back that give you the outcome in the colours of the ragdoll. I have found many people are looking further back in a pedigree and seeing a chocolate/lilac and then assuming that this will have an effect on the colour of the kittens. Look at the parents then look at THEIR PARENTS ONLY to attain whether the parent is in fact a carrier of chocolate and/or blue or a true lilac/chocolate. Many judges cannot be a great guideline to helping you assess your ragdolls colour as there are not enough on the show bench or in Australia for them to really know the colours of the breed.
Look at your pedigrees!
Following is a brief outline on how you get the two colours in ragdolls
To produce a guaranteed chocolate carrier ( lilac cannot be carried, Lilac is a dilute chocolate, there is no such thing as a lilac gene) one parent MUST be a lilac or chocolate. Two carriers will also produce 'carriers' in the litter but not all kittens in that litter will be carriers. Kittens in this litter can only be proven carriers once bred to a lilac, chocolate or another carrier.
To produce true lilacs or chocolates you need to breed one of the following - chocolate to chocolate / lilac to lilac / chocolate to lilac / carrier to lilac/chocolate. There is a little more to this in the way that to produce chocolates and lilacs out of chocolate and lilac parents in the one litter, the chocolate must carry a dilute. Otherwise the kittens will be ALL be chocolate.