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Tiffanie Or Ragdoll, What's The Difference In The Breeds?

Two cat breeds that are new to the world of cats are the Tiffanie and the Ragdoll, both of which have found a large fan base in the UK and elsewhere in the world and for good reason. Both the Tiffanie and the Ragdoll are incredibly cute with the added bonus being they both have adorable and loving personalities so if you are unsure what breed to choose, these two are definitely worth considering.

Tiffanie origins

The Tiffanie only appeared in the eighties when it was found that Burmillas often produced semi-longhaired kittens in their litters thanks to the fact they have Chinchilla in their ancestry. As such, the breed came about quite by accident to begin with but then breeders took an interest in these lovely looking cats and began to develop the breed to produce the cats we see today.

Ragdoll origins

Ragdolls came about when a breeder in the States used Persian cats and crossed them with a black male cat that resembled a Persian. To begin with, her endeavours produced cats that were not so affectionate or even-tempered as she had hoped. However, she continued her breeding programme and eventually produced the loving and affectionate cats we see today.

Tiffanie appearance

Tiffanies are lovely looking cats with their semi-long coats. They have the look of an Asian cat, a breed that's in their ancestry. They come in lots of different colours and colour patterns which includes the following:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Chocolate
  • Lilac
  • Red
  • Cream
  • Caramel
  • Apricot
  • Black Tortie
  • Blue Tortie
  • Chocolate Tortie
  • Lilac Tortie
  • Caramel Tortie
  • Silver varieties
  • Tabby patterns – a cat’s coat tends to be less distinct than on shorthaired cats

Ragdoll appearance

Ragdolls are also lovely looking cats with their super silky, medium length coats and beautiful, large blue eyes. They too are slender, athletic looking cats that come in a variety of colours which includes the following:

  • Seal
  • Blue
  • Chocolate
  • Lilac
  • Red
  • Cream
  • Tortoiseshell
  • Tabby

Tiffanie Care and maintenance

Tiffanies have semi-long, soft and silky coats and are medium maintenance when it comes to grooming. Like other breeds, they tend to shed the most in the Spring and then again in the Autumn when more frequent brushing is usually necessary to keep on top of things.


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Ragdoll Care and maintenance

Ragdolls are slightly higher maintenance because of their moderately long and luxurious coats. They need more in the way of grooming to prevent tangles and matts from forming in their coats. They too shed steadily throughout the year, but more so during the spring and then again in the autumn.

Tiffanie personality

Tiffanies an extrovert at times which means they are outgoing and like nothing more than to entertain. Intelligent, fun-loving, they thrive on being around people and will follow an owner around the home just to check up on what they are doing. They thrive in a home environment and are known to be particularly tolerant and good around children. However, because they form such strong ties with their owners, they are better suited to households where one person stays at home when everyone else is out so they never spend too much time on their own.

Ragdoll personality

Loyal, playful and very affectionate, the Ragdoll also forms strong ties with their families and love being involved in everything that goes on in their environment. They mature slowly, remaining very kitten-like throughout their entire lives. Like the Tiffanie, they are better suited to households where one person stays at home when other members of the family are out so they usually always have company.

They are known to be very adaptable which means that providing they are kept occupied, they don't mind being kept as indoor cats. They are highly intelligent and are quick to learn. They are also very inquisitive by nature and love playing interactive games which includes things like "fetch". Outgoing and laid-back, the Ragdoll is a great family pet because they are so social by nature.

Tiffanie health

The Tiffanie is known to suffer from a few health concerns which includes the following:

  • Burmese Hypokalaemia - test available
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PK) - breeders should have stud cats tested
  • Autosomal dominant Polycystic kidney disease - breeders should have stud cats tested

Ragdoll health

The Ragdoll suffers from certain conditions too which includes the following:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - breeders should have stud cats DNA tested
  • Autosomal dominant Polycystic kidney disease - breeders should have stud cats tested

Tiffanie life expectancy

The average life expectancy of a Tiffanie is between 11 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate, good quality diet to suit their ages.

Ragdoll life expectancy

The average life span of a Ragdoll is between 15 and 20 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate, good quality diet to suit their ages.


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