Ragdoll - RAG
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Ragdoll is a muscular, large and heavy, semi-longhaired, blue-eyed pointed cat. It is slow to mature, and may not reach full weight and size until 4 years old. Females are noticeably smaller to males. Ragdolls appear in three patterns,; the full colour is not reached until 3 years old.
Top of head
Medium size, broad modified wedge with slightly rounded contours. Slightly rounded forehead not domed. Appearance of flat plane between the ears in adults.
Muzzle and chin
Cheeks well developed tapering to a rounded broad muzzle of medium length, in line with the wedge. Chin firm, in line with the nose.
Nose straight to the bridge then change of direction of a gentle curve from the forehead to the nose. A slightly raised nose leather (retroussé nose) is preferred, but a completely straight nose is acceptable.
Blue, the more intense the better. Large open and oval, moderately wide set and slightly slanted. Outer aperture to fall in line with the base of the ear.
Medium in size, broad at the base with rounded tips. Set wide on the skull with a slight tilt forward.
Size and boning
Muscular and substantial, with a broad chest. Fat pad on the lower abdomen is acceptable. Substantial boning.
Medium long to long body, the mature cat is as broad at the shoulders as it is in the hindquarters.
Short and muscular.
Legs and paws
Legs medium in length, hind legs to be slightly higher than the front, substantial boning. Paws large, round and tufted.
The tail is long, preferably to the shoulder, medium broad at base, slightly tapering to tip. Well-furnished and bushy.
Silky flat lying dense coat.
Short on the face increasing in length from the top of the head to the shoulders down the back. Medium to long on the side, belly and hindquarters. Short to medium length on legs. Longest around the neck framing the outer edge of the face giving the appearance of a bib.
Silky, soft, dense. Minimal undercoat gives the coat body but coat still falls smoothly.
The colour must be even, lighter on the body with minimal shading. A clear contrast between point and body colour.
Colourpoint - ears, mask, legs and tail colour to be well defined and in harmony with body colour.
Mitted - ears, mask, legs and tail colour to be well defined and in harmony with body colour. Patches of white allowed on back. White chin, with or without a stripe marking on the bridge of the nose up to the forehead (flash), white not to extend into the inner corner of the eye. White stripe extends from the chin and runs down the underside between the front legs to the base of the belly.
Evenly matched mittens on front feet, covering all toes. White goes up to and around the hocks on the back legs and extends no higher than mid-thigh. Small colour spots on back legs acceptable.
Bicolour - ears, mask, legs and tail colour to be well defined and in harmony with body colour. The mask to have an inverted 'V' and be as symmetrical as possible, that completely surrounds the nose leather and does not extend beyond the outer edge of the eye on either side. No colour acceptable within the inverted 'V'. White chin. Chest, stomach and bib to be white. Legs and paws preferably white, small spots of colour allowed. Patches of white allowed on back.
Special breed faults
Wooly, fluffy or cottony texture to the coat (kittens' fluffy coats acceptable.
Finely built body.
Anything but blue eyes.
Allow for underdeveloped colour in young cats.