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A Guide to Persian Ragdoll Mixes

The cross between Persian and Ragdoll, also known as Rag-a-Per or Perdoll, are adorable, docile, and affectionate cats, making them a beloved family pet. Persian Ragdoll cats are large, long-haired cats in various colors and patterns. Persian Ragdoll kittens can be hard to predict as far as appearance. No matter what your Persian Ragdoll looks like, these quiet cats love to snuggle and are loyal to their human family. Take a few minutes to read all about this cat breed mix. 

What is a Persian Ragdoll Mix?

The Persian Ragdoll mix has a Persian and a Ragdoll parent. These cats inherit many of their parent’s characteristics, usually taking after one or the other. 

What is the difference between the Persian cat and the Ragdoll?

The Persian is a long-haired cat with round ears and beautiful eyes. They are quiet and calm, making them perfect companions. Persians do demand attention especially if their people have been gone for a while with work or school.

These cats are known for long, thick coats, round eyes, and flat faces. Persian cats must have regular brushing to keep their fur from matting.

The Ragdoll cat has medium length coats. The standard says that they can come in six colors and three patterns. Those colors are blue, chocolate, cream, lilac, red, or seal with the patterns being bi-color, color point, or mitted. They do not have any extreme facial features like Persian cats.

Ragdolls are known for being the neediest of cat breeds. They hate being alone for too long. The ragdoll enjoys their playtime whether kitten or adult. These cats get their Ragdoll name from relaxing completely into their family member’s arms. They love to give and receive affection and are known for being very loyal companions to their owners and the rest of the family. Because of this, they earned the nickname puppy cats due to their dog-like friendliness and loyalty.

The Ragdoll was developed by breeder Ann Baker in the 1960s to produce a friendly, playful cat with a unique appearance. The breed’s founder made unusual claims about the Ragdoll cat’s origins. These claims included stories involving aliens, the combination of feline and human DNA, and even a suggestion that the CIA somehow influenced the breed’s development. However, none of these claims were proven.

When they grow up, how big do they become?

The Persian cat stands ten to fifteen inches tall and has shorter, stockier legs than a Ragdoll. They measure fourteen to eighteen inches long, not counting their tail. Persians weigh nine to fourteen pounds, with females slightly less.

The Ragdoll is larger than the Persian and can measure seventeen to twenty-one inches long. Ragdolls stand nine to eleven inches tall and weigh ten to twenty pounds. Females weigh slightly less.

Do Persian Ragdoll Mixes Take a Long Time to Develop?

Two years is the average age of maturity for Persian cats. Ragdolls take longer to mature than other breeds. For them to reach full maturity, it can take four years.

Persian Ragdoll kittens have the genetics of both breeds and may develop as slowly as their Ragdoll parents. Consequently, if you have a mixed kitten, it is advisable to err on the safe side. Expect them not to mature for the four years it would take their Ragdoll parent to mature.

Does a Persian Ragdoll Mix have a long life expectancy? 

There is a difference depending on which parent the kitten takes after. Persian Ragdoll Mixes live between twelve and fifteen years, possibly longer, based on the lifespan estimates of both breeds. A Persian can live for twelve to fifteen years, and a Ragdoll can live for ten to fifteen years. As a result, you may have a kitten that lives longer.

Can you tell me how my Persian Ragdoll mix will behave?

Family games like fetch are a favorite activity for Persian cats. Ragdolls are gentle and easygoing. In addition to children, they tolerate other people well.

Mixed kittens inherit traits from both parents.

In contrast to some other breeds, such as Siamese and Savannahs, Persians do not commit excessive mischief, such as opening drawers and cupboards. They are intelligent cats who can learn your routine, greet you, and cuddle with you.

In addition to soft meows, these cats use their eyes and facial expressions to communicate.

While Persians are expert cuddlers, they aren’t overbearing. Despite their size, they make excellent pets for children, other cats, and even dogs.

Ragdolls like to curl up in the arms of anyone holding them. They greet their family members at the door and follow them around the house. They often learn to retrieve toys thrown at them or respond when called. It is easy to live with Ragdolls because they are polite and have courteous manners. Family life is perfectly suited to the laid-back Ragdoll.

Persian Ragdoll mixes should have traits of both parents. This mix will tend to be easygoing and love their families. Even more so than the breeds they come from. However, these kittens should also have bursts of energy and fly through the house. There is a possibility that you may end up with a Persian-looking kitten that will play fetch.

What should I feed my Persian Ragdoll Mix?

The Ragdoll requires a protein-rich diet with lots of fiber. This is because they mature slowly, and meat and fish contain the proteins they need for the long time it takes them to grow into their mature, adult selves. As a result, Ragdolls are prone to weight gain and need a healthy diet to keep their weight down.

Since the Ragdoll needs a protein and fiber-rich diet, a Persian Main Coon mix should have that same diet. In addition to the high protein and fiber, a hairball formula should also be fed.

Persians and Ragdolls have problems with hairballs. Feeding a hairball formula will help eliminate most of the hairball issues.

Is my Persian Ragdoll Mix likely to have health issues?

Persians and Ragdolls have similar health issues. Online information tends to focus on the health of purebreds.

Persians and Ragdolls are prone to polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a common Persian health concern and is inherited. Ragdoll cats are also susceptible, although it is more common in Persian or exotic shorthair breeds. This disease causes cats to have cysts in their kidneys, which are small sacs filled with fluid. As the cysts grow, they interfere with the kidneys’ normal function. This eventually leads to kidney failure. A blood test can identify the specific gene that causes PKD in Persians. The diagnosis of kidney disease is usually made through a blood test. PKD cannot be cured. Cats are treated to maintain their health for as long as possible by supporting their kidneys.

BAOS is common in Persians. Flat-faced animals have abnormally short skull bones, altering their face shape. As a result of BAOS, cats cannot breathe normally.

Persians are also at risk of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Cats with this condition have abnormally thick heart walls, which slows blood flow. Purebred cats, including Persians, are more likely to suffer from this condition. Persian cats with HCM may not show symptoms for years. Only when decreased blood circulation leads to other issues, such as heart failure, do symptoms appear. Treatment success usually depends on whether the cat has developed symptoms. The most common cardiac condition in Ragdoll cats is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. 

There is no complete cure for it, which is the most problematic part. It is imperative for Ragdoll cat owners to know that their cats will need medication for the rest of their lives if they have the condition.

I am interested in purchasing a Persian Ragdoll Mix. What should I expect to pay?

Purebred Persian kittens can cost up to $2000, and a Ragdoll kitten costs about the same. What you pay for these cats is due to several factors, such as age, color, demand, and gender. Mixes generally don’t cost as much as purebred. 


The Persian Ragdoll mix should cost a little less than their parent breeds, but it depends on where you get them. They have a life expectancy, on average, of fifteen years. They are laid back, easygoing, playful, fun-loving, and social and should take on attributes of both parent breeds.

This mixed cat will mature later than your average cat as the Ragdoll parentage is slowly developing. These kittens need a protein and fiber-rich diet with some hairball remedy-type food mixed in because of the parent breeds’ needs. All in all, this mixed breed of cat would make a great family pet.

We here at Persian Cat Corner would love to hear from you. Are you owned by a Persian Ragdoll mix? We want to hear all about them. 

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