Ragdoll Calico Cat – is there such a thing?

Ragdoll Calico Cat

By Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

November 6, 2022

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Ragdoll cats are a type of domestic cat that is known for its docile and placid personality. They are one of the largest breeds of housecats, with males typically weighing in at around 20 pounds and females around 15 pounds.

Ragdolls get their name from the fact that they tend to go limp and relaxed when picked up, like a ragdoll. They are also known for being particularly affectionate towards their owners and enjoy cuddling and being petted.

One interesting quirk of ragdolls is that they cannot be calico.


What is a Calico Cat?

A calico cat is any domestic breed of cat with a tri-colored coat that is primarily white with large patches of black and orange. The pattern is unique to the calico cat, and it is caused by a genetic mutation. Calico cats are almost always female because the mutation is on the X chromosome. For a male cat to be calico, he would need to have two X chromosomes (XXY), which is very rare.

So, can a Ragdoll cat be calico? The official answer is no. While ragdolls come in a variety of colors and patterns, calico simply isn’t one of them. However, a traditional Ragdoll cat may be a tortie (tortoiseshell) which is often confused with calico.

Ragdoll Calico Cat

What is the difference between a tortie and a calico?

Many people believe that all tortoiseshell and calico cats are the same, but there is in fact a difference between the two. Tortoiseshell cats are a combination of two colors, usually black and orange, with no white on them at all. While calico cats are tri-colored with patches of black, white, and orange fur. The pattern on a tortie’s fur is usually more random, with no one color predominating, while the pattern on a calico’s fur is usually more symmetrical. As with the Calico, Tortoiseshell cats are almost always female; male tortoiseshells are very rare and are usually sterile.

Ragdoll Tortie Cat

What does a tortie ragdoll cat look like?

There are six main colors that ragdoll cats can be: seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, cream and flame. There are also three patterns that these colors can come in: point, mitted, or bi-color and two variants of torite and lynx.

A tortoiseshell cat is a cat with a mottled coat of two colors. With Ragdoll cats, the common color combinations are usually blue and cream or seal and flame. The colors are blended together in a patches, with no distinct pattern. Tortoiseshell cats are sometimes also called calico cats, but this is technically incorrect. A true calico cat has a tricolor coat of white, black, and orange fur.

Ragdoll Tortie Cat

Pictures of Tortie Ragdoll Cats

Seal Bicolor Tortie

Seal Mitted Tortie


Seal Color Point Torite


Mitted Blue Tortie


Chocolate Tortie Point


Lilac Tortie Point


Can a Ragdoll Cat be Calico?

If a ragdoll cat is calico then it is likely to be a mixed breed. This is because the ragdoll cat breed does not have the gene for the calico coat pattern. The Ragdoll cat is a pointed breed, meaning that they have color on their faces, tails, and legs with a pale body. So, while it is possible for a Ragdoll to be tortie, it is not possible for a purebred Ragdoll to be calico.

In conclusion, calico cat is a domestic cat with a coat that is predominantly white with large patches of orange and black. The pattern is found in many other cats, but the term “calico” is usually reserved for this particular coloration. Ragdoll cats are a type of domestic cat that is known for its docile and relaxed nature. The breed was developed in the 1960s, and its name comes from the tendency of these cats to go limp when picked up. While ragdolls can come in a variety of colors, they cannot be calico.

Find out more about Ragdoll Cat colors and Patterns

Written by Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

I'm Jennie, the creator of Ragdoll Cats World. I have been owned and loved by Ragdoll Cats for almost twenty years after getting my first Ragdoll kittens, Huey and Choo-Choo back in 2003. They lived to the grand old age of 18 and 17 and they even made the move from London to Australia with me! We now have two Ragdoll cats, Violet and Ocean, and a Maine Coon cat named Eddie, and we love sharing our knowledge of all things related to Ragdoll Cats with you at Ragdoll Cats World!

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