All Ragdolls are pointed, that is, they have the Himalayan Himalayan gene in their genetic heritage, which has always identified the Siamese. This gene comes from a spontaneous mutation of cats that have adapted to cold and snowy areas, and is responsible for the blue coloring of the eyes and the non-uniform coloring of the hair, with darker hair at the cold ends of the body and lighter on the body. The light coloration allowed a better mimicry to the cats that lived in these areas and at the same time, the dark color allowed to heat more the parts less irradiated by the blood and therefore by its nature colder. It is no coincidence that the coloring of Ragdoll is more intense in winter, while in summer it tends to lighten.
A Ragdoll of any color at birth will be white but with growth the color will intensify until it stabilizes around two years.
The coloring can be expressed in three different varieties:
the ends of the body have a darker and more marked color, it must not have white spots
the limbs are characterized by a symmetrical white color, called gloves, which must not go beyond the wrist in the front legs and the hock in the rear ones. A white stripe starts from the chin and runs along the whole abdomen without interruption. There may be a white spot on the nose or between the eyes, called blaze, which makes it, in my opinion, a truly irresistible cat. According to Mrs. Baker (the founder of the Ragdoll breed) the mitted ragdoll embodied the maximum expression of the beauty of the Ragdoll.
The bicolor was the first variety to be recognized by feline associations, thanks to its absolute uniqueness in the panorama of feline breeds. The bicolor variety includes 4 different genetic types, the "true bicolor" or true bicolor,
the High Mitted, the Mid high white and the High White called Van. All four varieties are characterized by large white areas of the coat, in particular of the legs and belly and by the presence of the inverted white "V" on the muzzle. Very often the aesthetic difference between one and the other variety can be very small or nonexistent.
Seal: è un marrone molto intenso che ricorda il colore delle foche
Blue: è la diluizione del seal, si presenta come un grigio
Chocolate: sfumatura di colore che ricorda il cioccolato al latte
Lillac: è la diluizione del Chocolate, è un grigio molto chiaro con sfumature che vanno dal rosa al lilla
Cream: Diluizione del colore rosso
Tortoiseshell: (a guscio di tartaruga) viene utilizzato per indicare i gatti in cui il pelo è colorato a chiazze arancioni, crema, cioccolato e nelle rispettive diluizioni.
Tutti i colori possono presentarsi con il disegno tigrato del Tabby