COLOURS AND PATTERNS EXPLAINED

A Ragdoll cat is born ALL WHITE with its colour and pattern slowly developing up until 3 years of age. Therefore, most of the pictures you will see, especially those of kittens, will be of a mostly white cat except for the points (ears, nose, paws and of course the tail!) which will have colour.

The Colours and Patterns of a Ragdoll are easy to understand once you get the hang of it.

kitten on bed

There are 6 basic colours

Colours:

Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red (also called Flame), and Cream. Some of these are diluted colours of the other.

SEAL: A dark brown that’s almost black.

BLUE (SEAL dilute): A dark bluish grey.

CHOCOLATE: Best described as a chocolate brown.

LILAC, (CHOCOLATE dilute): A noticeably lighter shade of blue/grey with a slight pinkish tinge.

RED or FLAME: Much like most red cats you’ve seen.

CREAM (RED dilute): A noticeably lighter shade of red.

 

That sums up the COLOURS and leads us to the PATTERNS, where I think most of the confusion comes in…

There are 5 basic patterns

Patterns:

COLOURPOINT:

A cat of any of the colours mentioned above, that has only one colour on its body. Bear in mind that a colourpoint has a darker shade of its body colour on its points. The “points” on a Ragdoll are its paws, tail, ears and face.

 

The cat in this photo is a seal colourpoint.

Seal Colourpoint

The cat in this photo is a blue colourpoint.

Blue Colourpoint

MITTED:

A cat much like the colourpoint and comes in Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red and Cream, but has white at some of the points. So, a mitted Ragdoll has white on its front paws, white on its rear legs, with a white chin and chest. The ears and tail are the same as on a colourpoint.

 

A seal mitted kitten aged 7 weeks, the colour is still developing here, so is not too strong in appearance.

mitted 1

The cat in the photo below is Leo at 1 year old, a blue mitted Ragdoll.

mitted 2

BICOLOUR:

A combination of any of the colours mentioned above that has 2 distinct colours on its face. The colour on its ears and top of the head are the same as the body colour, only darker. Additionally, a white “V” is present on the lower part of the face. A BICOLOUR Ragdoll has white legs and white on the face, with a body that may be mostly white with splashes of colour OR with solid colour covering the body.

Angel is a blue bi colour.

bicolour 1

LYNX or TABBY:

Any of the patterns mentioned above, however, has dark stripes the same colour as the body. A tabby Ragdoll has white inside its ears and around the eyes, with reddish nose leather. Tabby Ragdolls ALSO combine patterns. There are Colourpoint and tabby mitted Ragdolls.

Below is a Tabby Mitted Ragdoll.

lynx/tabby

TORTIE:

Is a pattern that is gender specific. Only a female can be Tortie. When a kitten has a Red father or mother and a Seal as the other parent, some of the female kittens will be Tortie. A Tortie Ragdoll has splashes of dark colour on her face and body that’s mostly cream coloured. A blue cream is a female Ragdoll that had one Blue parent and one Red parent but is really a Tortie.

A Tabby Blue Cream bicolour.

tortie

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