Spotting Good Ragdoll Cat Characteristics
If you're thinking of buying a Ragdoll Cat, it's important to know what to look for and what to avoid. Generally, the cat should be in good health, have no deformities, and have a soft, silky coat. Ragdolls don't show full colors and patterns until two to three years, so don't expect your kitten's colors to stay the same. Here are some things to look for when choosing a Ragdoll.
1. Size and posture
Ragdolls should be medium to large, with an imposing posture and long, sturdy limbs. The body is normally wide and broad from the front and long and rectangular when viewed from the side. The tail should be well plumed and reach the cat's shoulder when you pull it along the side. Check the kitten's balance - it may be heavier around the hip, but this should not affect his posture. Uneven weight can put him at risk of hip dysplasia, although very few cases have been reported.
2. Colors and patterns
Ragdolls can come in all colors, but only four are accepted as breed standards. These are:
* Seal point: fawn to cream colored and a deeper brown at the points, nose leather, and paw pads
* Chocolate point: light milk chocolate with cream or ivory shading
* Blue point: cold gray, ivory, or bluish white. The points, nose leather and paw pads are slate blue
* Lilac point: milk-white coat, pink to lavender nose and paw pads, and pinkish beige at the points
There are also three accepted patterns:
* Colorpoint: coat is darker at the face, ears, tail, legs, and feet, but the chin and chest are closer to the body color
* Mitted: similar to colorpoint pattern, but with white fur on the chin, chest and paws (also called "boots" or "mitts")
* Bicolor: darker at the face, ears and tail, but with a white marking on the face shaped like an inverted V. The limbs, feet, ruff, and stomach are white, and the nose leather and paw pads are pink.