Ragdoll cats are mostly known for their large size, their bright sparkling blue eyes, a semi-long silky rabbit-like fur, and a docile and people loving personality. They say Ragdoll cats act more like dogs than cats.
While some breeds can be traced back hundreds or thousands of years, Ragdoll cats only date back to the early 1960s. Ragdoll cats acquired their name because, when held, they go limp and become completely relaxed and floppy, like a feline ragdoll.
There are SIX basic colours for ragdolls : Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red and Cream.
Seal is a dark brown colour that is almost black. A seal ragdoll has deep dark brown colouring on the points. The body colour can vary from an even smoky light to medium brown, that gets darker with age. There may be some gradually shading into a lighter colour on the belly and chest.
Blue, a diluted form of seal, is a dark bluish grey colour. A blue ragdoll has grey-bluish colouring on the points. The body colour is a lighter platinum, bluish grey tone, shading gradually to an even more light tone toward the stomach and the chest. Paw pads and nose leather has a dark blue-grey tone.
Chocolate is a dark chocolate brown colour. A chocolate ragdoll has dark brown (like milk chocolate) colouring on points but the body coat will keep its ivory white colour, shading, if at all, towards the color of the points. Paw pads have a salmon pink colour and the nose leather has a burnt rose tone.
Lilac, a diluted form of Chocolate, is a lighter shade of blue grey colour with a slight pinkish tinge. A lilac ragdoll has lilac grey or pinkish colouring in the points. It seems like the dilute pigment permits the flesh tone to show through. The body colour of the lilac ragdoll is an even milk white colour shading, if any, towards the color of the points. The paw pads have a coral pink tone and the nose leather has a translucent old lilac hue.
Red (aka Flame)
Red is the red colour you may have seen with most reddish cats (apricot colour). A red ragdoll has a deep orange red colouring of the points. The body colour of the red ragdoll is a warm, even, creamy white colour, shading, if any, towards the same tone as points. Paw pads and the nose leather have a hot pink tone.
Cream, a diluted form of red, is a noticeable lighter shade of red. A cream ragdoll has a cream (deep to pale cream) colouring of the points. The body colour of the cream ragdoll is an even white colour all over, shading, if any, towards the same colour of the points. The paw pads and the nose leather have a rosy pink tone.