The Ragdoll is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds, with a sturdy body, large frame, and proportionate legs. A fully-grown female weighs from 8 to 15 pounds. Males are substantially larger, ranging from 12 to 20 pounds or more. The genes for point coloration are responsible for the distinctive blue eyes of the Ragdoll. Although the breed has a plush coat, it consists mainly of long guard hairs, while the lack of a dense undercoat results in "reduced shedding and matting."
Ragdolls come in six different colors: red, seal, chocolate and the corresponding "dilutes", including blue, lilac, and cream. This also includes the lynx and tortoiseshell variations in all colors and the three patterns. Ragdoll kittens are born white; have good color at 8–10 weeks and full color and coat at 3–4 years.