The Ragdoll - Its colours, patterns and varieties

The Ragdoll exists in different colours, patterns and varieties.
However, these three categories are not recognized in the same way by the different cat federations.

colours

tableau des couleurs
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The colour palette of the Ragdoll consists of:
- Seal (brown)
- Blue (gray-blue)
- Chocolate (light brown)
- Lilac (frosted grey slightly pink)
- Red (red/apricot)
- Cream (cream to very light apricot)
- Cinnamon
- Fawn
- Silver
- Smoke (silver Tabby)

Patterns

There are three patterns recognized by all the cat federations:
Colorpoint, Mitted, Bicolor.
There is a fourth: Van (High White), which is recognized only by very few federations.

Colorpoint :
Points : ears, mask, legs and tail are of the basic colour of the cat, darker than the body and if possible homogeneous.
Body : the colour of body varies from eggshell to milky white according to the basic color of the cat. Chest, collar and chin can be a bit clearer. Slight shadows are allowed on the body.

Mitted :
Points : ears, mask, legs and tail (not the paws) and the tail are of the basic colour of the cat, darker than the body and if possible homogeneous. A white blaze on the nose and / or between the eyes, broken or not, is accepted provided that it does not extend to the nose. The chin must be white.
Front legs: white gloving , regular and closed.
Hind legs: completely white until the middle of the thigh. The white must cover the heels. There should not be a spot of colour in the white.
Body: the colour of body varies from eggshell to milky white according to the basic color of the cat. The chin must be white and extend in a white band, of variable width, at the collar, the chest, passing between the front legs and under the belly to the start of the tail.

Bicolor :
Points : ears, mask, legs and tail (not the paws) and the tail are of the basic colour of the cat, darker than the body and if possible homogeneous. The mask presents a white inverted V, which should be as symetrical as possible and should not extend beyond the external borders of the eyes. The nose leather is pink.
Body : the body colour varies from eggshell to milky white according to the basic color of the cat. Chest, abdomen, legs and feet are white. Some white spots are accepted on the back and flanks.

Van (High White):
This motif is recognized by only very few cat federations. In France, the LOOF allow the ragdolls Van to participate in exhibitions, but they are not allowed to access the championships.
Points : the colour of the points is restricted to the ears, to the upper part of the mask and the tail. The nose leather is pink.
Body : white with the exception of a few small spots Eggshell to milky white, provided they do not represent more than 20% of the surface of the body, head and tail included.


Varieties

- Tabby (Lynx):
The Tabby variety consists of stripes that are found on the different points.
The colour of these stripes is the same as the basic colour of the cat.
The Tabby variety can be combined with Colorpoint, Mitted and Bicolor patterns.
Its principal characteristics are:
- An M-shaped mark is present on the forehead. This is more or less pronounced depending on the presence or absence of white on the face.
Bicolors, often have the the "M" reduced to the two legs of the "M", hence limiting to a small vertical line above each eye.
- The entire mask is striped. The stripes are more or less pronounced depending on the colour of the cat.
- The nose of the Colorpoint, Mitted and Bicolor is brick red to pink; its outline is in the colour of the points.
- The contour of the lips and the ears, the area of the patterns near the nostrils as well as the hair inside the ears are broken white.
- The legs and the tail show rings, except for the Bicolor where the legs remain white.
- The rest of the body may also have stripes or marks. They are generally hardly visible due to their colour (very) clear.

- Tortie (Tortoiseshell):
A pattern showing a mix of several colours, of which the intensity and regularity of the marking vary from one cat to another is called the Tortie pattern.
The size of the coloured areas varies from very thin seedlings to large coloured areas.
The combinations of colours for the Tortie pattern are:
- Seal / Red
- Blue / Cream
- Chocolat / Red
- Lilas/ Cream

- Torbie :
The term Torbie applies to a coat which has the Tortie pattern combined with the Tabby pattern.