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TICA Standards


POINT DISTRIBUTION:
   HEAD (including size and shape of eye, ear shape and set)             30 Points
   TYPE (including shape, size, bone and length of tail)                       30 Points
   COLOR AND PATTERN                                    20 Points
   COAT                                           10 Points
   LEGS AND FEET                                       5 Points
   BALANCE                                           5 Points


Recognized Categories/Division  Colors:
Pointed Category, Solid Division, Tabby Division, Tortie Divsion and Particolor Division (any accepted pattern with white), all colors.

General Description:
The ideal Ragdoll grows large and heavy.  Full maturity of color is not achieved until 2 years old and full weight and size is not expected for at least 4 years.  The Cat is firm and muscular with no fat except on the lower abdomen.  Overall impression is of subdued power.  Females may be noticeably smaller than males.

The coat lies with the body and breaks as the cat moves.  The coat is longest around the neck and the outer edges of the face giving the appearance of a bib.  The coat is short on the face and increases in length from the top of the head down through the shoulder blades and back, with length on the sides and stomach being medium to long.  The fur on the front legs is thick and short to medium in length.  The fur on the hind legs is medium to long, thick and feather-like.  The paws are feather-tufted.

EYE COLOR:
Blue

COLOR/PATTERN DESCRIPTION:

SOLID DIVISION:
Points:
Ears, mask, feet and tail to be darker well-defined color.
Body:
Body color to be lighter than point color; Chest, bib and chin areas may be somewhat lighter in color.  Soft shading of color are allowed on the body.  Allowance to be made for a cat under 2 years of age.

PARTICOLOR DIVISION:
Ragdolls are in a recognized division where the amount of white is a distinguishing characteristic and a substantial number of points are allocated to the exact placement of white markings.

PARTICOLOR DIVISION, MITTED PATTERN:
Points:
Legs: (Except for feet), ears, mask, and tail well-defined.  A broken or evenly matched white blaze of even dimension on nose and /or between eyes to be acceptable.  Chin must be white.
Front Feet:  White mittens evenly matched.
Back Legs:  Entirely white extending no higher than mid-thigh.  
White must go around the hocks entirely.
Body:  The pigment on the body is shade lighter than the point color.  There should be a white belly stripe, varying in width, from the bib down the underside between the forelegs to under the base of the tail.

PARTICOLOR DIVISION, BICOLOR PATTERN:
Points:
Ears, mask and tail to be well-defined.  Mask to have an inverted "V" which should be as symmetrical as possible, and should not extend beyond the outer edge of the eye on either side.  The nose leather must be pink.
Body:
Chest, stomach, all four legs, feet and ruff are to be white.  Body color a shade lighter than points, may have various markings of white and color patches,  White should reach above the elbow on the front legs, and above the hock on the rear legs.

ALLOWANCES:
Lighter eye color in dilutes.  Seasonal changes in coat length and texture.

PENALIZE:
General: Short tail; pointed ears; short legs; cobby body; roman nose.
Mitted:  Any dark spotting on white mittens or underbelly.  Lack of white belly stripe.
Bi-color: White on ears and/or tail; whiskers other than white; pigment on stomach or any area designated white.

WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS:
General: Any eye color other than blue.
Pointed:  Any white.
Mitted:  Lack of white chin.
Bi-color:  Any dark markings on are of white mask.

See show rules, Article Sixteen, for rules governing penalties /disqualification's applying to all cats.

HEAD:
Shape: Broad modified wedge, with slightly rounded contours.
Forehead: Slightly rounded.
Top of Head:  With the appearance of a flat plane in the area between the ears.
Size: Medium.
Profile: Slight slope.
Muzzle: Round, medium in length.
Chin:  Well-developed.
Skull: Medium in size.

EARS
Size: Medium.
Set: Continuation of modified wedge.
Shape: Broad at base, slight tilt forward.  Rounded tip..
Furnishings: Medium.

EYES:
Shape:  Oval.
Size:  Large.
Color:  Blue.
Placement:  Moderately wide set.
Aperture:  Outer aperture to fall in line with the base of the ear. Not oriental.

NECK:
Length:  Short.
Size:  Heavy and strong.

BODY:
Shape: Long and substantial.
Size:  Large.
Chest:  Full.
Bone Structure:  Strong, substantial.
Musculature:  Muscular, powerful
Abdomen:  Fat pad on lower abdomen acceptable (Greater omentum).
Back:  Rump slightly higher than shoulders.
Shoulder Blades:  Broad not prominent.
Females:  May be appreciably smaller than males.
Miscellaneous:  Surprising weight; Powerful: Well-bulit; Heavier in hindquarter.

TAIL:
Length: Long, equal to body length from rump.
Shape: Medium at base with slight taper..
Size:  In proportion to body length.
Miscellaneous:   Carried at an angle higher than back.

LEGS:
Boning:  Substantial.
Length:  Medium.
Musculature:  Medium-heavy.
Hind Legs:  Slightly higher than front legs.

FEET:
Shape:  Round.
Size:  Large.
Tufting:  Desirable.

COAT:
Length:  Semi-longhair.
Texture: Silky.
Density: Plush.
Guard Hairs:  Semi-long.
Undercoat:  Medium
Ruff: Medium ruff, allow for short ruff on whole cats.

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