Are you looking for a new feline friend? With such a vast selection of cat breeds out there, it can seem daunting to make the right choice.
Now, you can consider yourself officially taken off the market as you discover one of the best breeds available. The Main Coon Ragdoll Mix is a shining star in the world of domestic cats for many reasons.
What is a Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix?
This big, beautiful cat is a fusion between a Maine Coon and a Ragdoll. Both are native to the United States and share similar characteristics.
- Large breeds – these cats are actually among the top 5 largest breeds in the world right now.
- Varied colors and patterns
- The Maine Coon and Ragdoll can carry a wide selection of greys, reds, blues, blacks, whites, and more colors on their bodies.
- Affectionate toward people and pets. Both breeds are known for being gentle giants with hearts of glittery gold.
- Playful yet relaxed personalities – these cats share a liking for adventure. However, the ancestral relatives of the Maine Coon are suspected of coming from European house pets, giving them an easy way about them while the Ragdoll is a designer pet.
- Socialites with independence although they both thrive on contact and friendships, the Maine Coon and Ragdoll both enjoy their alone time as well.
- Low maintenance despite the long fur, these cats don’t require constant upkeep.
The difference between these parent cats lies heavily within their more distinctive physical features and personality traits.
A wild-bred native of the northeastern states, this breed is considered to be a timeless relic. It has been bred throughout generations in an attempt to preserve its natural beauty.
- Box-like jaw
- Ovular or round eyes. The eye color spectrum is limitless. Typically, blue or heterochromia eyes are present in cats with white patterns.
- Mixed colors and patterns. Maine Coons are mostly seen in the classic and mackerel tabby patterns but also come in solids, tortoiseshells, and silvers. If a Maine Coon shows white markings, it’s known as a particolor.
- 9-18 lbs
- Bushy tail and thick fur – the dense and water-resistant fur of the Maine Coon resemble that of a Raccoon, hence the name. Its sleek hair doesn’t tangle easily.
- Grows for 3-5 years
- Pronounced ear tufts – The hairs upon the ears of the Maine Coon are longer and more prominent, sometimes giving the appearance of a lynx.
- Double-layered fur. Maine Coons have more unruly hairs than Ragdolls, even around the legs. During weekly grooming, Maine Coon cats tend to need their legs brushed to avoid tangling.
- Quiet Like big wild cats, Maine Coons don’t meow so much as they do chirp and purr.
- Tolerant While not as affectionate as a Ragdoll, the Maine Coon is very willing to socialize with its family and friends. It puts up quite well with loud dogs and rambunctious kids just as much as the Ragdoll.
- Ground hunter A natural habit of stalking lowly is common among more substantial breeds. This could have something to do with size in relation to big wild cats.
- Personal bubble The Maine Coon is known for being curious about your affairs from afar. It will often hang out with owners but doesn’t feel the need to be on your lap constantly.
- Active variety among companions is preferred as it gets bored and must move on to someone or something new.
Maine Coons are susceptible to:
- Hip Dysplasia – the cat’s hip joints develop poorly and cause bones to grind, which can eventually lead to more pain. Observe your cat’s mobility habits such as walking, leaping, and climbing for any rigidity or restraint.
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – This is a hereditary heart condition that often goes undiagnosed for too long because its symptoms are rarely present. In fact, unexpected death is the only noticeable symptom if the following don’t show sooner:
- Shortness of breath
- Lethargy/Fainting spells
- Eating disorders
- Polycystic Kidney Disease Maine Coons have typically lived with growing cysts on their kidneys for a while by the time they show symptoms indicative of this disease. The cysts cause a renal failure which can be spotted as:
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Upset stomach/Eating disorders
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy In the kitten stage, a Maine Coon’s spinal neurons will deteriorate, causing dysfunction in the body and legs. Pets with this condition still have a chance at a happy life for just under a decade.
What Makes Maine Coons so Great?
Aside from their villainous yet majestic appearance, their general disposition makes Maine Coons exceptionally desirable. In addition to what you already know, here are some other things that people really love about this breed which might be passed down to their mixed young:
- Intense eyes There is something captivating about the downturned eyes of the Maine Coon. If you didn’t know better by now, you might assume this breed is quite antisocial.
- Long, wild locks If looks could kill, you may agree that the Maine Coon is to die for. Those chaotic hairs that come in virtually any pattern give this cat a wild beauty. The thickened fur around the ruff may be as close as you can get to pet a lion, and the tufted ears bear a resemblance to a lynx. Mix those features with the powerful gaze of the Maine Coon, and you have a mythical living beast!
- Trainability, The Maine Coon, is often compared to a dog in several ways. Playfulness and sociability are only two. This breed is also highly trainable! Even when you think it’s not paying attention, this cat has a significant likelihood of knowledge retention. Let’s say you’re more of a dog person but can’t seem to find the right one. Maybe your living situation won’t allow for a dog. A Maine Coon can be an excellent alternative as it grows to small dog measurements and portrays dog-like personality traits.
- Trills and chirps galore While the Maine Coon isn’t vocal in the same sense as the Ragdoll, it still holds a conversation in the most adorable fashion – through sweet little chirping noises.
- State cat of Maine Perhaps you’d like to represent your home state of Maine in some way. If that’s the case, the Maine Coon gets half of its name from the suspected area of origin.
This breed was designed in the 1960s to be pretty and placid. It serves as arm candy and has a reputation for being outstandingly proportionate without calling attention to any one feature.
- Light, downy hairs Ragdoll fur feels similar to rabbit hair. It’s so light that most owners claim it barely sticks to fabrics, making clean-up a breeze.
- Exceptionally standard beauty Nothing on the Ragdoll really pops out as a dominant feature. The beauty lies within its balance of characteristics, shape, color, and temperament.
- Three pattern variations Ragdolls are found in three patterns which help to determine eye color:
Colorpoint Darker face, legs, tail, and ears with no white on the body and blue eyes.
Bicolor Patches of white found throughout the body and eyes of blue, blue-green (aqua), green (rare), or gold.
- Mitted White is present on the front and/or back feet only.
- Grows for up to 4 years
- 10-20 lbs The Ragdoll has a higher bone density, making it feel bulkier than the Maine Coon.
- Vocal While still a rather quiet cat, the Ragdoll is considerably more vocal than the Maine Coon.
- Easily blends into a home environment. A carefree kitty with a relaxed attitude fits right into the daily lives of various owners.
- Ragdoll This cat is known for going limp as soon as it is held, hence the name. Whether it’s a survival technique or it merely loves to be baby-ed is a mystery.
- Lazy but willing to play The breed was designed to be a trophy pet with a laze about it that allowed for enhanced human interaction. Its gentle and laid back nature gives it a flexible personality.
- Slightly longer attention span It’s possible that the Ragdoll stays focused during training sessions due to its innate love of people. Ragdolls may seem ditsy, but they retain information and learn very quickly.
Though these breeds don’t sound too far apart, you can see the difference in this video.
Even a designer breed can have health concerns. The Ragdoll has most reportedly been seen with:
- Feline Mucopolysacchardidosis – Due to a deficiency, Ragdolls, can suffer from deterioration of vision and mobility. Treatment involves a series of bone marrow transplants, among other types of implemented healing techniques.
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy If a cat develops this condition, there are medications that help treat the symptoms. Just make sure that you have the means to take care of a sick pet before it even happens.
- Inbreeding In order to perpetuate the right balance of characteristics, each generation of Ragdoll had to be bred with an existing one. Though the Ragdoll was created by Ann Baker in the 1960s using different stray cats, it now has a reputation to uphold. The need to fit the bill drives some breeders to keep it in the family, so to speak, as they attempt to continue and strengthen the bloodline. Unfortunately, this can lead to unhealthy recessive genes that are passed on, getting stronger with each new litter. Inbreeding causes physical and mental development issues which open each cat up to the possibility of contracting many diseases, both genetic and non.
- Obesity Loving a fluffy, fat cat isn’t unheard of. Cat lovers aplenty adore their cohabitants who require nothing more than a good bowl of food and a comfy spot to snooze. Ragdolls are undemanding in the exercise and entertainment department. While that might sound like a dream come true to some, that can quickly become a bad thing once you realize your pet has gained an unhealthy amount of weight in a short amount of time. Restful cats especially need adequate exercise to keep them healthy and happy. If your mix takes after its Ragdoll parent, don’t be surprised if you have trouble getting it to play, but don’t give up either!
- UTIs Urinary Tract Infections are a regular enemy of the Ragdoll. They come in at different levels and locations. Treat your cat’s UTI as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the various parts of not only its urinary tract but its kidneys as well.
What Makes Ragdolls so Great?
Ragdolls are widely popular because of their stunning beauty and strict genetic traits. Here are some reasons why these cats are chosen to breed Ragdoll Mixes:
- Big blue eyes – As mentioned, not all Ragdolls have piercing blue eyes. The chance of a dark-colored cat with bright blue eyes, however, goes up significantly with this breed in the mix.
- Additional size – Being one of the largest domestic cats only makes a Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix larger. Size and girth are things that have helped to make this breed so in-demand.
- Passivity – The statement that Ragdolls are floppy baby dolls in the arms of their owners is a general one. Though no two cats are alike, the Ragdoll is known for its gentile ways. The quiet nature of the Ragdoll can be a large positive as much as a negative. Since they are so passive, Ragdolls are hard to read when it comes to pain and discomfort, so it’s important to monitor the health of your cat closely.
For more reasons to love a Ragdoll, check out this article.
What Does a Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix Look Like?
A cross between a Ragdoll and Maine Coon cat is full of possible outcomes. In one single litter, there can be straights, crosses, and mixes.
A cat can behave like a Ragdoll but look like a Maine Coon or vice versa. Likewise, it can take after only one parent just as it can become a blend of the two in multiple ways at once.
Eye Color and Shape
Due to the wide array of options that come from the Maine Coon and Ragdoll parents separately, a mix is capable of sporting any eye color.
Fur Pattern and Texture
Even more diverse are the colors you can find on a Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix. Fortunately, the similarities in the two breeds’ coats make fur thickness and texture less random.
Grooming Habits and Weekly Upkeep
Light shedding and a year-round winter coat keep the Maine Coon Mix toasty and virtually maintenance-free. It will only require weekly grooming.
When caring for the fur of a Maine Coon Ragdoll Mix, brush weekly with a steel-toothed brush to keep matting at bay. Emphasize the belly, ruff, and pits of the arms and legs.
Size and Shape
The overall result of a Maine Coon-Ragdoll fusion is essentially like shuffling a deck of cards and blindly collecting a pile. Thankfully, the two breeds offer so many beautiful qualities that your compilation is bound to be perfect in every way.
Here are some examples of Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix variations:
Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix Personality and Temperament
Like its parents, this mixed breed is an easy-going cat that is people-oriented. It gets along well with others but still appreciates its own “me time”.
Although the Maine Coon-Ragdoll is set up for success, there are some factors to consider before adopting one into the family. If you’re curious about how the Maine Coon-Ragdoll would be suitable in your home, think of your life before a new addition.
Does your lifestyle permit this type of cat?
- Do you have children or other pets? Consider whether each existing member of the household will accept a new cat. These may be social butterflies, but that doesn’t mean the feeling will be mutual. Check for allergies in family members as well as the health and social status of each pet before introducing something new. Your pet(s) may not be as welcoming as you’d think, so it’s important to go through a trial period.
- Do you fly solo and desire companionship? Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mixes are super chill creatures. They can take after either or both parents in the length of time and depth of their human interactions. Whether you’d prefer a cat that craves your attention or one that cares about your affairs yet has its own agenda, you can find the right personality in this breed.
- Are you active or sedentary? Maine Coons tend to be more energetic and lively while Ragdolls are homebodies. Nevertheless, they share a thirst for adventure and love a good playtime session. If you like to relax with your pet in front of the TV, a mix that takes after its Ragdoll parent would be more suitable for you. Those of you with shorter rest times may fair well with a rambunctious mix.
- Do you have allergies? There is plenty of people who fear to own pets due to allergies. Similarly, some choose to pay extra for so-called hypoallergenic breeds that are indeed no different than any other. A few allergy-stricken individuals find ways around their obstacles to bond with a pet. Whatever your decision, know that the allergy is toward pet dander and not the animal itself. This means that you can still own a Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix because of its natural fur longevity. If you’d like to avoid the hairs during spring and summer (peak shedding season), you can opt for groomer visits. Taking your cat to a groomer can also ensure that matting and other hidden health concerns are kept in check.
- Do you have the time to spare? Considering the amount of love these cats have to give, you’ll need to be there for them when they need you. If you’re away from home for too long, you risk coming back to a few messes to clean up. The Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix will need a certain amount of supervision to ensure that its curious nature and playful demeanor don’t form bad habits. It’s important to bond with your cat and train it to obey even when you’re not around.
Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix Health
There is no official statement as to whether a mixed breed cat is more or less likely to develop the same conditions as its parents. For dogs, mixed breeds are by and large healthier than purebred dogs.
This is all thanks to the wide variety of genetics that make up each mixed breed. Once you start to corral specific genes, you limit the animal’s ability to oust the recessive and unwanted traits.
Dr. Mary Fuller, DVM says that although a mixed animal has a larger genetic makeup, you should be wary of where your combined pet comes from. Designer pets can also consist of purposeful fusions that claim to be better than the parents separately.
This, she claims, leads to jacked-up designer pet prices when, in reality, the fusion is created with the same guidelines as inbred creatures like the Ragdoll. She warns that even mixed breeds are capable of contracting diseases and other conditions.
Before adopting a Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix, read up on the individual breeds to gain a better understanding of the possible life your cat can have.
Most beautiful According to animaltube.tv, the Ragdoll is the 4th most beautiful breed of a domestic cat, and the Maine Coon is the 3rd. These cats are topped only by the Siamese and the Persian; both of which share similarities with our selected breeds.
Listopedia records the Ragdoll as the 4th and the Maine Coon as the 2nd largest cats. Other sites and cat enthusiasts will say the Ragdoll is larger than the Maine Coon. In all, the rankings can change depending on sex, age, health, and height, and weight.
Best overallWatchMojo.com considers the level of affection as well as the adorable ragdoll habit of the Ragdoll breed and lists it as the 5th most desired breed. The 2nd most sought after breed is the Maine Coon as it offers beauty, variety, and suave. The higher ranking cats in this genre are again the Siamese and Persian.
These cats don’t top charts left and right as solo artists, but together they make one awesome mix. If the Maine Coon and Ragdoll Mix were placed in these lists, they’d surely be number one in all of them!
Where one cat lags, the other excels. What could be better than low maintenance longhaired with the social stamina of a puppy?
A Maine Coon Ragdoll Mix is, in short, the perfect cat for almost any household. It is adaptive, tolerant, and loving nature makes it a wonderful companion to have around.
The Ragdoll-Maine Coon Mix is easy-going with the right amount of curiosity that makes it willing to play with kids and other pets or just hang around as you relax.
If you live in a cooler climate, this breed is built for survival. Its naturally thick coat isn’t designed to shed heavily, making it rather low maintenance as well.
Not only is it stacked with one stunning feature after another, but the mixed breed is also equipped with an award-winning personality.
If your idea of the most beautiful cat breed is one that retains a natural beauty, balanced features, and a warm disposition, the Maine Coon-Ragdoll Mix is the winner! As it takes after two of the most beautiful and friendly domestic cats, there is so much to love.
From the mysterious and majestic Maine Coon to the cute and cuddly Ragdoll, a mix between the two is a randomized yet satisfying concoction to have in your home.