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Male vs Female Ragdolls: What’s the Difference? (With Pictures)

Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Hallie Roddy

With many creatures in the animal kingdom, there is often a stark temperamental difference between the males and females of that species. It isn’t uncommon to see the two behaving totally differently, so much so that you may wonder if they’re really the same breed! With cats like Ragdolls, the differences aren’t as obvious. You need to pay closer attention to Ragdolls if you really want to differentiate between the two.

Knowing this information also helps you determine which sex is going to be better suited for your lifestyle. Keep reading to learn about the main differences between male and female Ragdoll cats.

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Visual Differences

Male vs Female Ragdolls
Images by: Left: Male Ragdoll Cat: Agata Światowska, Pixabay | Right: Female Ragdoll Cat: absolutimages, Shutterstock

At a Glance

Male Ragdolls
  • Average height (adult): 9–11 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 12–20 pounds
  • Lifespan: 9–15 years
  • Exercise: 20 minutes per day
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Often
Female Ragdolls
  • Average height (adult): 9–11 inches
  • Average weight (adult): 8–15 pounds
  • Lifespan: 9–15 years
  • Exercise: 20 minutes per day
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Other pet-friendly: Often

Male Ragdoll Overview

Ragdoll Kitten staring
Image Credit: cath5, Shutterstock

Male Ragdolls are often known as the attention seekers between the two sexes. Male Ragdolls love the interaction and look for attention in any way that they can. This comes as a surprise to many cat lovers because females tend to be more nurturing in nature. Males are highly approachable and get along with just about anyone. This can be different for males that aren’t neutered, as they can become more territorial, but they are still friendly in general.


Male Ragdoll cats are considered highly affectionate animals. The breed in general loves attention, but the males outshine the females in this category. Their friendliness is what often drives the demand for this breed.

Fluffy Ragdoll
Image Credit: Serita Vossen, Shutterstock

Exercise & Care

One of the main differences with male Ragdolls is that they are more active than females. They are very playful, and you might have to give them more hands-on attention than you anticipated. They are not shy and will voice whenever they want something from you. They are also intelligent and training them is possible, but don’t expect them to do more than some basic commands.

Suitable for:

Male ragdolls are suitable for both singles for families. However, they might be a little more attractive to someone who is looking for a true companion that they can spend as much time as possible with them. They are not ideal for busy families who are never home.

Sealpoint Ragdoll on blue background
Image Credit: Linn Currie, Shutterstock


Female Ragdoll Overview

ragdoll lying on the floor
Image Credit: Kadisha, Pixabay

Female Ragdolls cats are just as sweet as males. They are very well-behaved and cuddly. You might find that they are a little less dramatic than the males, though. They aren’t going to do whatever it takes to seek attention because they’re a little more independent and sure of themselves.


Don’t assume that the female Ragdolls are any less sweet and cuddly than males. These cats have very similar personalities, and it’s just that the males are a little more upfront about it! Females are more even-tempered and gentler. They aren’t going to grow as attached to individuals as males are, but there is still a strong bond between pet and owner. Females are a bit more submissive as well.

cat lying
Image Credit: absolutimages, Shutterstock

Exercise & Care

You’ll find that female Ragdolls aren’t going to be as active as their male counterparts. They tend to lounge around the house more often, so you might have to encourage them to get in the minimum recommended exercise time. They are going to be most active at night, and they will spend most of that time exploring and exploring new parts of the home that they haven’t yet explored.

Suitable for:

Female Ragdolls are a bit of a better match for people or families that have a busier schedule. They won’t be as heartbroken when you leave for hours at a time, but they’ll still prefer your company once you walk through the door.

ragdoll cat lying on balcony corner egde
Image Credit: Nils Jacobi, Shutterstock

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Which Breed Is Right for You?

When you’ve already settled on a specific breed, making a choice between a male and female can be an even more challenging decision to make. Male and female Ragdolls really aren’t all that different from one another. The males tend to be a bit bigger, and they do demand more attention and closer bonds than the females. That isn’t to say that females won’t form a close bond with you, but they are a better fit if you’re looking for a cat that’s a little more independent.

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Featured Image Credit: Aaron Zimmermann, Shutterstock / Peredniankina, Shutterstock

About the Author

Hallie Roddy
Hallie Roddy
Hallie has been a proud nature and animal enthusiast for as long as she can remember. She attributes her passion for the environment and all its creatures to her childhood when she was showing horses on weekends and spending her weeknights devoting her attention to her pets. She enjoys spending most of her time in Michigan playing with her two rescue cats, Chewbacca and Lena, and her dog, Clayton. When Hallie isn’t using her degree in English with a writing specialization to spread informative knowledge on pet care, you can find her snuggled up on the couch reading books or watching nature documentaries.

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