During 2018 two ragdoll seminars were organized by SRC. The seminars were held by Åsa Carnbrand and Christine Landin, and they are olso the ones who produced all the material that were discussed during the days. Presented here is a summary  of the lectures for you who could not participate or for those who would like to refresh your memories. 

Introduction

As we have different types of Ragdoll, we have also different categories of judges, which thus gives priority to different kind of cats. We also have breeders and ragdoll owners who think different when it comes to the choice of the ragdoll type. The ragdoll breed’s standard allows a part of own interpretation, which is why the final say in the choice of a winner cat on the show, usually the ”type” d v s head-shape and body type. Regardless of what’s selected, you should never have to doubt that it is a Ragdoll you see. 

Presented below are young cats with different types and expressions.
The female on the first picture have a good and harmonius expression for a kitten.

Presented below are five cats with harmonius expression, good type, ears of medium size and a flat plane between the ears.
The cat on the last picture have an inharmonious, overbuilt forhead, rounded top and small ears instead. 

Points

The distribution of points in the ragdoll standard is listed in the table below, and will be show by green text later in the presentation.

Fault list

In 2011 the fault list was removed because the faults were only direct opposites to the words in the standard. If the standard says “Ears medium in size” then “large or small” is automatically a fault. The previous faults are marked with red later in the presentation.

  • Head
    – Narrow head
  • Nose
    – Stop, roman nose
  • Ears
    – Large or small ears
    – Pointed ears
  • Eyes
    – Almond in shape
  • Neck
    – Too long and too thin neck
  • Body
    – Coby body
    – Narrow chest
  • Legs
    – Short legs
    – Splayed toes
    – Lack of tufting
  • Tail
    – Short tail
    – Blunt tip
  • Coat
    – Short coat (seasonal)

General

The book The Definitive Guide to Ragdolls are written by the founders of the breed. The book repeatedly use words like “huge size” and “floppy cat” to describe the ragdoll. 

Head (25 p)

Shape (Fault: Narrow head)
Nose (Fault: Stop, roman nose)
Cheeks/muzzle/chin (Fault: Narrow head)

Below are some differend head shapes and descriptions for them

The width of the cheeks

The width of the cheeks have a big importance for the expression. 
Sometimes it is said that the nose of the ragdoll is getting shorter, but more often that cat does just have more broadness in the cheeks.

Born 1997, 13 years old
Nose 2,2 cm
Cheek width about 9 cm
Born 2002, 7 years old
Nose 2 cm
Cheek width about 13 cm

Ears (5 p) (Fault: large or small ears, pointed ears)

Correct shape, size and placement of ears
Below are some different ears and comments about them

In Category 1 (FIFe) the ragdoll is joined by the Persians, Exotic shorthairs and Sacred Birman which all by standard should have smaller ears than the Ragdoll. 

The development of the ears over time

Three examples of 6 months old outgrown kittens with big ears – and as adults with broadness in the cheeks which gives the ears a correct size and placement.

6 months ols
Adult

Eyes (5 p) (Fault: almond in shape)

Disqualification:  Other than blue eyes

Neck/body (5 p) (Fault: cobby body, long and too thin neck)

Long body = rektangular
Cobby body = square
Long body = rektangular
Cobby body = square

Long bodies

Short bodies

The first two cats on the picures below have cobby bodies, short legs and straight backs.
The cat below them have a long body, legs of medium lenght and have the correct relaxed and flobby body.

Legs (5 p) (Fault: short legs, splayed toes, lack of tufting)

Correct
Incorrect, standing like a bulldog with elbows pointed outwards
Hind legs to be slightly higher than the front

Tail/coat (5 p) (Fault: short tail, blunt tip, short coat ”seasonal”)

Incorrect, warm and wooly coat.
The coat should be silky and cold, like touching cold porcelain

Remarks

Male 6,5 months old

A young male correct in the standard. Correct body proportions and size with the right “hang” in the body. Medium sized ears, broad head, nice profile, forhead and chin with the righ RAG-look!

Female 7 months old

A young female correct in the standard. Correct body proportions and size with the right “hang” in the body. Medium sized ears, broad head, nice profile, forhead and chin with the righ RAG-look!

Development of kittens

The development of three cats at the ages of 5 weeks, 12 weeks, 5 months and as adults.