So, you're thinking about adding a Ragdoll kitten to your family? Here's a bit of history and information on the breed:
The Ragdoll breed was developed in the 1960s by Ann Baker in Riverside California when she bred Josephine, a white Persian/Angora-type, longhaired cat (non-pedigreed), to a Birman-type cat that belonged to a neighbor. Eventually, the offspring of Josephine created the foundation for the Ragdoll. These offspring had unique temperament traits that were very endearing. By selecting individual cats in subsequent litters that possessed the look, temperament and criteria she wanted for her cat program, Ann created the Ragdoll breed.
Traditional (genotype cscs) = Seal - dark brown that is almost black; Blue (Seal dilute) - dark bluish-gray; Chocolate - medium brown; Lilac (Chocolate dilute) - lighter shade of blue/gray with pinkish tinge; Red/Flame - orange;
Cream (Red dilute) - noticeably lighter shade of orange; Tortie - combined/mottled coloring, including Red or Cream; Cinnamon - light caramel-brown; Fawn (Cinnamon dilute) - very pale beige.
Mink (genotype cbcs) and Sepia (genotype cbcb) = a richer tone in any of the point colors.
Solid (genotype Ccs) = highest color contrast of any of the Ragdoll types (example: seal represented as black)
Ragdoll Patterns: Colorpoint, Mitted, Bicolor (True, High Mitted, Mid High White, High White/Van)
Ragdoll Secondary Patterns: The following patterns are secondary patterns and cannot be found by themselves on Ragdolls; they are only found superimposed over one of the primary patterns listed above.
Lynx: The Lynx pattern shows tabby markings towards their points. The Lynx markings are in addition to the
traditional patterns of Colorpoint, Mitted, or Bicolor.
Tortie: The Tortie pattern is a mix of red or cream with one of the other traditional colors.
Torbie: The Torbie pattern is a mix of Tortie and Lynx - Tortie coloring with Lynx/Tabby markings within.
The Traditional Ragdoll has sparkling blue eyes and a bunny-soft, semi-longhair coat which, while requiring some care and maintenance, does not require extensive grooming. Traditional Ragdoll kittens are born white, acquiring their point color and coat pattern as they age. In fact, full color development may not be seen until 3-4 years of age. Although the Traditional Ragdoll is the look most people think of when discussing this beautiful breed, there are actually 4 types of TICA registrable Ragdoll types: Traditional, Mink, Sepia, and Solid. While Traditional Ragdolls are born all white - darkening as they grow - Minks, Sepias and Solids are born with their color/patterns. Minks and Sepias have a richer overall tone with darker points than Traditionals. However, like Traditionals, these two Ragdoll types also acquire some darkening in the first years of life. Minks and Sepias also differ from Traditionals in their eye colors: Minks have gorgeous aqua-colored eyes, while Sepias' eye color can range from stunning aqua-green to gold. Solids are the highest contrast color of all the Ragdoll types, boasting full color from the time of birth, including colors such as; Flame/orange, Blue/gray, Seal/black, and more! Solid Ragdolls typically have green or gold-colored eyes. The same Ragdoll patterns apply for all 4 types of Ragdolls, though there is minimal contrast between the point colors and warm-toned body areas of the Minks and Sepias. Solids are a single solid color, with the exception of Torties, or when the Mitted or Bicolor pattern is represented. At maturity, female Ragdolls weigh 10-15 lbs. Males typically weigh 15-20 lbs., some - in rare cases - reaching up to 25 lbs.