page title icon The Guide to Ragdoll Cat Colors & Patterns

by Linda Mathews Last Updated October 18, 2021

The Ragdoll breed is in great demand not only for its attentive, affectionate personality and gorgeous blue eyes full of curiosity and love but also for its huge range of beautiful colors.

The Ragdoll Cat has a soft semi-long coat that does not require regular grooming. Ragdolls are born completely white (an exception is minks), and over time their pattern and color appear. We invite you to admire the different cat colors and patterns that Ragdoll cats have. Let’s head into this amazing stuff.

Ragdoll Cat Colors: The Basics of the Coat

These cats have silky, soft-touch, and long hair. The owners of these cuddle buddies love to cuddle with them because the coat offers an excellent tactile sensation. However, the condition of the coat and its color depends on genetics. Below we will explain what lies behind the color of cats and why Ragdoll kitties look like little cute ghosts.

The Himalayan Gene: Temperature Check

The Ragdolls have a Himalayan gene that suppresses pigmentation in certain areas of the body depending on the temperature in those areas. For example, if the body temperature is low, then the color becomes darker. This is why cats have points of different shades since the body temperature in these areas is the lowest. Besides, it is known that the color of a cat adapts to the climate where a pet lives, so in winter and summer, the color of the Ragdoll’s coat may differ.

Ragdoll Kittens: Snow White and Super Fluffy

Ragdoll kittens are born completely white due to their high body temperature. However, as the kitten grows up, the body temperature decreases in some areas, and a certain color and pattern appear.

Ragdoll Cat Colors

There are six basic colors of Ragdolls that can be combined with any pattern or even several of them. The pattern is found on the face, ears, tail, legs, but their huge luxurious mustache is always snow-white. Let’s consider the main Ragdoll cat colors in detail.

Seal

Seal

You definitely saw this iconic look – the body of a light tan shade with dark brown points and piercing blue eyes. This dark majesty is the darkest Ragdoll when it reaches the age of three years. Seal coloring is one of the most popular and incredibly-looking shades.

Blue

Blue

Blue majesty is definitely the phrase that describes this kitty best. This color is chic, delicate, and is loved by millions of people around the world. The main color of the coat ranges from light gray to blue-gray, and the points on the cold areas of the body are dark gray.

Chocolate

Chocolate

Choccies will definitely melt your heart with their fluffy ivory-white coat, extra cute points of a milk chocolate shade, and cinnamon-pink paw pads. Chocolate Rags’ coat ranges from light brown to dark chocolate brown. In bicolor Ragdolls, it can be combined with lilac or cream.

Lilac

Lilac

It is impossible not to fall in love with this snow-white fluffy cloud with blue eyes! This color is rare and similar to blue, but the difference is that the base color is frosty white, and the markings are pinkish gray. Their nose and paw pads are of a beautiful delicate pink color.

Flame

Flame

It’s amazing how many colors Raggies come, and various shades of red are some of the most astonishing colorations. A fiery coat of red Ragdoll cats can be either bright orange or dark red. Most often, you can spot Ragdolls with a red mitted pattern.

Cream

Cream

This shade is not very common in cats, but still, it looks marvelous and cute because Raggies resemble toasted marshmallows. The cream is similar in color to red, but much lighter. It is somewhere between light brown and red.

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Ragdoll Cat Patterns

The Ragdoll breed has a variety of patterns that make the appearance of these fluffy fur balls unique. Sometimes several patterns can be combined.

Bi-color

Bi-color

Bi-color cats have dark markings (just as color point cats have), but on their muzzle, the dark hair is overlaid by a patch of white hair in the shape of an inverted V. This pattern looks like a mask that covers the entire face and goes between the eyes.

It is believed that this “V” pattern should be symmetrical and not extend beyond the outer edges of the eyes. This marking makes these lovely babes even cooler and more attractive. The ears and nape of the kittens are also dark in color, dark fur on the back forms a “saddle”, the paws are completely white, and the skin on the nose and paw pads are pink.

Van

Van

These van-tastic felines have a colored mask that covers their upper face and ears, it resembles a cute hat that is worn on a cat. This feature makes the Ragdolls of this color unique.

The body of Van Ragdolls is white, and compared to other colors, they have more white areas on the body, while their ears and tail are dark.

Colorpoint

Colorpoint

Color-point cats feature dark ears, tails, muzzles, and legs that are combined with a light coat. The nose and paw pads are of the same tone as their dark markings. There should be no white spots on the coat, although the light base color of some cats may appear white.

Mitted

Mitted

This is a unique Ragdoll color and if you own it, then you are a real lucky one! Mitted cats have a basic light color combined with dark markings like a color point, and in addition to this, they have white “socks” on their paws, a white chin, a white stripe on the belly, and a white collar. Their legs and mid-thighs are also white.

Tortie

Tortie

Tortie Raggies are similar to the calico pattern. These lovely cats have a variety of colors that create this pattern. Raggies are distinguished not only by their unique appearance but also by their wonderful personality.

Lynx

Lynx

Ragdoll Lynxes look like a lynx at first sight, but they have a wonderful character, soft coat, and their appearance is not so wild as it may seem. Lynx Rags will definitely steal your heart! The lynx pattern in Ragdolls is very similar to the tabby cat pattern – the classic “M” on the forehead and stripes on their legs make them look amazing.

Ragdoll With Blaze

Ragdoll With Blaze

The Rag pattern is sometimes referred to as “with blaze”. The blaze is a white line or spot on the cat’s face that was formed by accident and is shaped like an hourglass. This zest definitely makes the cat look unique.

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Mixing Ragdoll Patterns & Coats

Mixing Ragdoll Patterns & Coats

Sometimes it happens when a Ragdoll cat demonstrates several types of coat patterns. All combinations are alluring and quite unique, we will consider them below.

Seal Point Ragdoll

The fur of these Ragdolls has a gradient of warm shades. The body color ranges from cream to fawn, the chest and belly are lighter in color, whereas the points, nose, and paw pads are dark chocolate.

Chocolate Point Ragdoll

These Chocolate buddies have ivory fur on almost the entire body. The points are light-brown (they are often compared to the color of warm milk chocolate), and the nose and paw pads are pink with a brown undertone.

Blue Point Ragdoll

On the body, shades of white prevail, and the points are gray-blue. Their nose and paw pads are slate gray.

Lilac Point Ragdoll

The body of these cats is white, and the dots are warm gray; noses and paw pads are in different shades (from pink to lavender).

Red Point Ragdoll

These felines are called Flame Points because they feature orange, apricot, or red points that look marvelous in contrast to their pale body. The nose and paw pads of these felines can be either pink or red, depending on the shade of their points.

Cream Point Ragdoll

The name of these cats suggests the presence of cream points and bright white fur on the body. The nose and paw pads can be either pale pink or hot pink.

Seal Lynx Point Ragdoll

You will love this beautiful cutie because it has deep brown points and a body covered with light brown stripes.

Chocolate Lynx Point Ragdoll

Their body is ivory, sometimes there may be stripes of a light brown color. Points are of a light chocolate shade, sometimes with light stripes.

Blue Lynx Point

Most of the body of the Blue Lynx Ragdoll is white, sometimes with shades of blue. The points are dark gray with light stripes.

Lilac Lynx Point

They are distinguished by a white body, and on the points, there are stripes with a pinkish tint.

Red Lynx Point

White buddies have bright points, which can be apricot or bright red, and have light stripes. Sometimes ticking appears on their bodies.

Cream Lynx Point

These cream-colored hairballs have cream or yellowish points with light-shaded stripes.

Seal Tortie Point

Featuring cream or fawn bodies, these felines have brown points that can be mottled with red or cream.

Chocolate Tortie Point

These beautiful creatures have milk chocolate points overlaid with red. Their bodies have mottled areas.

Blue Cream Point

These felines have white bodies with dark gray points covered with cream spots.

Lilac Cream Point

The body is white, covered with cream-colored spots, the markings are gray with a pink tint. Their eyes are blue, and their nose and paw pads are coral pink or lavender-pink.

Seal Tortie Lynx Point

The body is cream or fawn, the points are dark brown, and spots and stripes of cream and red are superimposed on the main color.

Chocolate Tortie Lynx Point

They have an ivory body with milk chocolate points that have overlapping red and cream spots. The skin on the nose and paw pads can be of different colors and patterns: pink, brown, flesh-colored, or mottled.

Blue Cream Lynx Point

Blue cream felines have a platinum coat with gray-blue points that are overlaid with cream mottling.

Lilac Cream Lynx Point

These cats have a white body combined with gray dots that have a pink tint. They may also have pale stripes or ticks on their bodies.

Ragdoll Cat Color Chart

You can consider the Ragdoll cat colors chart, provided by the Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide Club. Each table is based on a single mother cat and her kittens’ possible colors. Various letter combinations (e.g. DD, Dd, dd) refer to feline genotypes.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the most popular Ragdoll color and pattern?

The conqueror of millions of hearts is unambiguously the Ragdoll Seal point cat. The second place is taken by the Blue point, which looks simply incredible thanks to piercing blue eyes and chic steel fur. The top three is closed by the exceptional lilac color.

What is the rarest Ragdoll color?

There are many rare cat colors, but the Lilac Colorpoint (also known as the dilute of the Chocolate point) is the rarest Ragdoll color.

Do Ragdolls change colors when they get old?

Yes, the color of Ragdoll cats changes with age. The hair on the main part of the body becomes lighter, and the points located on the limbs become darker. We know that body temperature affects their color, and as cats age, their body temperature decreases, so the color of the points becomes darker. Besides, some cats have gray hair on their muzzles.

Bottom Line

So, as you might have noticed, Raggies have a basic six colors that can be combined with other patterns to form literally dozens of different colors that look amazing. However, don’t forget that regardless of the color and pattern, Ragdolls are cute, lovely, and affectionate pets who will brighten up your life.