The bluepoint ragdoll - note the colour on the paws is the same as the facial colour or "point"
The Seal Mitted Ragdoll - note the colour on the body.tens"
The Lilac Ragdoll - Lilac is a "dilute" of the Chocolate Ragdoll
The Seal Bi-Colour Ragdoll
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Ragdolls were developed in the 1960s in California USA by a breeder named Ann Baker. Since then, they have become a very popular breed, mostly because of their wonderful temperaments, beautiful coats, and gorgeous blue eyes.
The breed requirements and standards set by the leading cat associations today state that Ragdolls are:
A BLUE EYED POINTED CAT, MEDIUM TO LARGE BONED
WITH SEMI-LONG SILKY COAT
The most striking thing about a Ragdoll cat, other than their size and beauty, is their amazing personality. They were named "RAGDOLLS" because they are so loving and trusting that many of them go limp in your arms when you pick them up, like a child's ragdoll toy. They love human companionship and will frequently follow you around - they will be "your shadow", whether you are in the bath or doing household chores, they just love to help, especially with folding the washing or making the bed!
They greet you at the door when you come home, are happy to learn to play “fetch” with a ball, and at other times will just lie in your lap and gaze into your face with their stunning blue eyes and purr while stretching out in your lap, wherever you are they just love to be! We have several that sleep with us every night, they are so comfortable with their families that they habitually lie upside down on their backs with their fluffy tufty toes in the air, hoping for a tummy rub. They are intuitive and sweet, gentle and playful.
Ragdoll kittens are all born white, like all pointed cats. Their colours and patterns rapidly emerge as they grow. They come in three main patterns and six colours. The traditional colours are seal and blue. There are also four other colours, chocolate (a lighter brown), lilac (a soft pinky colour), cream, and red (an orangy colour).
The three patterns are colourpoint, mitted and bicolour. The colourpoint kitten is marked like a Siamese kitten (but in no other way is like a Siamese kitten) , dark face, paws and tail, darker color on the back or 'saddle' of the kitten, and tummy and rest of body a lighter shade of the same colour. The mitted pattern is the same as the colourpoint, but a mitted Ragdoll kitten has white on their paws in the shape of white mittens, and their chin is white, with a white chest ruff and the white extending down from the chin and chest to the entirety of their tummy, and down their hind legs. The bicolour pattern has even more white than the mitted. With a bicolour Ragdoll, the head only has a mask that makes their ears coloured, and the mask extends about halfway down their faces with a distinctive inverted "V" over their foreheads. Their chest and ruffs are white, as are their entire front legs and paws. The white extends down from their chest over their entire underside, and both hind legs are white as well. Their backs or saddles are a soft shade of their colour, and their tails and ears and masks are the only truly dark portion of their bodies.
Ragdolls take a long time to mature fully and their magnificent coats do not gain the rich colouring of an adult until they are around 3-4 years old, nor do they stop growing until they are around the same age. A female can be from 4-6kgs and a male around 6-8kgs. They can also be much larger, with a male up to 10 or more kgs. Although the breed is to be a medium to large sized cat, my particular bloodlines tend more to the medium.
The blue cream or "tortie" ragdoll is a mixture of blue and cream.
The Cream Ragdoll has a gingerish hue.
The Chocolate Ragdoll - is a lighter in colour than the Seal Ragdoll