Ragdoll cats are a breed of cat that is known for their large size, gentle nature and bright blue eyes. But one of the questions that people often ask about ragdolls is whether or not they can have green eyes.
Can Ragdoll Cats Have Green Eyes?
The short answer is no. A traditional Ragdoll cat can not have green eyes. The International Cat Association (TICA) maintains that a Ragdoll cat must have blue eyes in order to be classified as a purebred ragdoll. You can view the Ragdoll Cat breed standard document here.
What do Ragdoll Cats eyes look like?
Traditional Ragdoll Cats have blue eyes of various intensities, ranging from pale to dark navy. A Ragdoll kitten’s eye color typically matures by three months old. Vivid blue is the most popular eye color among breeders and judges in the show ring.
Mink, Sepia and Solid Ragdoll Cats
If you have come across a Ragdoll Cat that does appear to have green eyes then it will most likely be a mink, sepia or solid variant. Black and Cinnamon Ragdolls also belong to this group. These types are seen as controversial in the Ragdoll breeding community as they do not have blue eyes.
Mink and Sepia Ragdolls are not a new breed or color of Ragdoll cat. They are a bloodline traced back to the first Ragdoll Cats bred by Ann Baker. But they do not conform to the pointed, blue-eyed type that is set as the breed standard for Ragdoll Cats. Find more about Mink, Sepia and Solid Ragdoll Cats here.
The eye color of these variants are as follows:
Mink Ragdoll – Aqua, with the color ranging from blue-green to green-blue.
Sepia Ragdoll – green, blue, Aqua or gold.
Solid Ragdoll – green, blue, Aqua or gold but can also have two different eye colors.
Some cat associations accept Mink, Sepia, and Solid Color Ragdoll Cats as purebred Ragdolls, and will issue paperwork to confirm this, while other associations do not. At present, these variants of Ragdoll Cat are not accepted into the show ring.