Recently, I came across this new breed, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! It’s a Persian-Ragdoll mix! I know, who came up with that idea?!
If you’re a family person and need a cat to perfectly fit your needs, look no further. This mix is exactly what you need and I’ll explain it all to you in a bit.
I was stunned when I saw that people actually thought to pair these two beautiful breeds, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Coming from Persian and Ragdoll parents, this kitto is among the friendliest to welcome into your home.
You can either adopt it or buy it, as you wish. But before you do so, it would be nice to find out what would you get yourself into, right?
Persian Ragdoll Mix: Where do they come from?
First things first, these beautiful creatures are a pretty new breed, meaning that someone decided to cross the very affectionate Persian and super playful Ragdoll. Of course, each kitten can have different characteristics based on what they got from their parents, but I bet you’ll love any one of them!
So, where do they come from? Let’s quickly analyze both parents, and then we’ll talk about their pawesome kids. Are you in?
Let me introduce you to the oldest domestic cat ever. Back in the day, this was the cat for those who were wealthy enough to provide it with a lot of space in their homes. Once you get yourself a Persian, you have to look at it as your family member, nothing less.
They are perfect for active family life as well as single people, and they absolutely love to be around humans. This breed is known for its high intelligence and it actually became one of the most popular in North America, Japan, and Europe.
As for their appearance, Persians have rounded heads with flat faces, long whiskers, tiny noses, and small ears with rounded tips. They are medium-sized, but they have big paws and somewhat short tails.
Their fur is long and thick and they can have various colors and patterns. Think about greyish, ginger, white, black, light yellowish, and dark lavender colors for solid Persians, and add a dozen more for other cross breeds. Fascinating, isn’t it?
These cats usually weigh around 12 pounds (5 kg) and they can be tall as around 10-15 inches (25-40 cm). When it comes to their lifespan, they can live over 15 years.
This breed was actually created in the 1960s by a guy who wanted to have a beautiful cat with a caring personality. Eventually, he made it. Ragdolls are purrfect cats if you love to pet your furkid all day long!
They are extremely friendly and outgoing creatures, so adopting them into a family with kids, or other pets, won’t be much of a problem. The Ragdolls don’t need vigorous exercise or long playtime, but they need regular cuddles. Can you provide that?
This breed has a single coat and medium-length fur that has to be brushed at least twice a week in order to avoid furballs and tangles. Since they don’t have undercoats, shedding is not so frequent.
Even though you could assume that they are hypoallergenic because of this, it’s not completely true. Most people are allergic to their saliva and feces. Therefore they’re not safe for people with severe allergy reactions.
They have dazzling blue eyes and white fur with traces of brownish, seal, grey, cream, and dark lavender, usually on their faces, paws, ears, and tail. They can live up to 17 years, weighing not more than 20 pounds (9 kg), and can be around 9 inches (20 cm) tall.
What does the mix between Persian and Ragdoll look like?
First of all, I have to tell you one thing – you’ve scored a jackpot if you have this feline as your pet! The Persian Ragdoll mix is a perfect indoor and family cat. Of course, the characteristics may vary from one to another, depending on the hereditary qualities of kittens adopted from their parents.
However, some things can’t drastically change, so these babies will usually have longer fur, even though some can have short coats that need weekly brushing. Depending on which parent are they more similar to, they’ll need different treatment.
Their fur will mostly be whiteish, but you can also expect dark chocolate, or dark lavender colors, at least in traces. They’ll have small, rounded ears, and their noses will mostly be inherited from Ragdoll’s parents, so their faces won’t be as flat as Persian’s.
When we’re talking about their eyes, I’m sure theirs will hypnotize you easily, regardless of the color. Generally, the color of Persian and Ragdoll mix’s eyes is mostly blue, but they can be green, or brownish as well.
The mix of Persian and Ragdoll will be between 10-15 inches (25-40 cm) tall and will have around 8-13 pounds (3,5-6 kg). Of course, these measurements may vary because of your feline’s genes. They’ll be fully grown-ups in around 3 years, not before.
Main characteristics of Persian and Ragdoll mix
Now that you know a little bit about its ancestors and what they actually look like, it’s time to go through the main characteristics of the Persian-Ragdoll mix breed. I assume that you could’ve concluded so far that they’re friendly creatures and that they (mostly) don’t require a lot of care.
Of course, you’ll have to brush her fur here and there, ensure her healthy nutrition and play with her from time to time, but that’s not going to be a problem at all.
You’ve also learned by now that these beautiful creatures live long enough to make you happy for at least a decade. Are you ready to discover more benefits of this cross-breed?
Perhaps you’ll start looking for your own Persian Ragdoll mix as soon as you wrap up this article, who knows? “Nanny cats” and “puppies” sound like a weird combination, but I’m sure you won’t be able to resist it.
So, without furder ado, let’s dive in.
These adorable furbabies are exceptionally affectionate and, very much like their parents, want to spend a lot of time with you. They are overly curious felines, so you’ll have to be careful not to accidentally step on their paws or tail – they’ll follow you around the house all the time!
Persian-Ragdolls are loving creatures that require quite a lot of snuggling time. Because of how they behave around children, Persians got the nickname “nanny cats” in the 1900s, and with the dog-like behavior of Ragdolls, imagine how unique they are!
They are intelligent, playful, and energetic, allowing you to train them. But, don’t let this trick you. Persian and Ragdoll mix feline, more than anything, loves to spend time relaxing and just lying in either their cat bed or your lap.
Don’t underestimate the power of your touch if you notice that she’s feeling anxious or scared. Petting this feline will greatly help her to relax, both mentally and physically. They are extremely loyal to their owners, and they may be a bit shy towards new people, but they’ll loosen up quickly.
Shedding and grooming
We’ve previously mentioned that their parents have fur that’s different lengths, but that babies will mostly have longer hair. They’ll mostly be white with some additions in different, mostly earthy tones. When it comes to shedding, this breed is a bit different.
So, if your furbaby is more like her Persian parent, she’ll shed a lot, but you won’t have to brush her often. On the other hand, if she resembles more Ragdoll, she’ll need frequent brushing and an occasional bath, but you’ll have no problems with her hair being all over the place.
In both cases, pay attention to little hairballs because they can cause gagging and you really don’t want to stress about that. Also, if you’re not grooming them regularly, they may scratch themselves which can cause skin irritation and inflammation in some cases.
It’s possible that some of the issues like ringworm, mange, and ear mites may show up when her hygiene levels are lower than they should be.
Since they are mixed breed, these felines may inherit one or both of the Persian and Ragdoll’s health problems. Of course, it’s all a matter of genetics, so you can never be sure about what it’ll be. Also, pay attention to her diet and give her food that’s highly nutritious.
They may have problems with Addison’s Disease where the adrenal glands (situated above her kidneys) are unable to produce enough cortisol. There’s also another illness called Sebaceous Adenitis, which causes the immune system to attack the sebaceous oil glands and skin, leaving dandruff, thick or scaly skin, hair loss, and skin infections.
Another thing to pay attention to is obesity. Since these creatures are food lovers, you’re the one who has to make sure they have a healthy diet. Also, they can have food allergies, and they can be allergic to dust or grass too.
Heart problems (such as murmurs and arrhythmia) may appear, so you should pay attention to this as well. Lastly, we have to mention hypothyroidism that appears in many Persian cats and that is a lack of thyroxine.
Most of these problems you’ll be able to notice if your feline starts to behave differently. She may lose her appetite, feel lethargic and even avoid playtime. As soon as you suspect that something’s off, don’t hesitate to contact your vet and make an appointment.
It’s really important for them to exercise because they are prone to obesity. Your beautiful Persian Ragdoll mix needs a lot of space to run around the house and you should provide her with a lot of toys that she can chase. Think about feather toys or mouses, maybe even balls!
Also, keep them mentally active, because this will help you to prevent separation anxiety, destructive chewing of non-food items, and unnecessary meowing. They’ll need around an hour and a half of daily exercise, so you can either separate it into smaller sessions or do it all at once.
The average lifespan for this lovely mix of Persian cat and Ragdoll is around 20 years. Because her parents live long, it would be a bit weird if her life was shorter than theirs. And well, mixed breeds usually live longer than purebred because they have a larger gene palette and less risk of inherited diseases.
It is also believed that bigger cats live longer lives than small ones, so I guess your feline has a pretty good chance to win this game.
In the end…
There’s not so much left to say about this stunning mix between Persian and Ragdoll breeds. All you need to know is that they are good for families as well as for individuals who lead a quiet life. Not only they’ll be your companion, but also your best friend.
Of course, you’ll have to dedicate some time to them, play around with different toys and groom them, depending on which parent they are more alike. Because, as we’ve mentioned, Persians won’t need frequent brushing, while Ragdolls even will enjoy the occasional bath as well.
There are a couple of health issues that you have to keep a lookout for, but overall, the important thing is to keep her active and make sure she has healthy nutrition. That way, you’ll prevent the majority of those possible diseases and she’ll be able to completely enjoy her long life by your side.
Persian Ragdoll mix is a breed that can easily become your greatest friend and the best companion you could ask for. So, if you decide to adopt or buy one of these felines for yourself, put this lovely furbaby at the top of your list!