Ragdoll vs Siamese: What are the Differences?

Written by Taiwo Victor
Updated: February 27, 2023
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Key Points

  • Ragdolls are generally larger than Siamese cats and weigh between 10 -20 lbs unlike the latter which have a weight range of 6 – 14 lbs.
  • Ragdolls are generally more reserved compared to Siamese which are talkative and love attention.
  • Ragdolls have long silky coats and no undercoats meaning they shed a great deal; Siamese on the other hand, have shorter silky coats.

Having a pet cat can be beneficial in many ways, but it does require a significant amount of time and effort. Cats come in varieties, with Ragdoll and Siamese being two of the most stunning. Because of their similar colors and coats, Ragdoll and Siamese cats are sometimes misidentified. Apart from their similarities in appearance, these two breeds could not be more different. The Ragdoll is a floppy, laid-back cat, whereas the Siamese cat thrives on attention and passionately demands it. In this article, we will compare and contrast the characteristics of Ragdoll and Siamese cats. It will also help you pick the right cat breed that suits you.

Comparing Ragdoll and Siamese Cats

The Ragdoll cat is a laid-back version of the Siamese cat.
RagdollSiamese
Size17-21 Inches long15-20 Inches long
Weight10-20 Pounds6-14 Pounds
CoatFluffy, Long-HairedSilky, Short-Haired
PersonalityDocile, Calm, IndependentEnergetic, Demanding, Talkative
Grooming/Care Requirements2x/Week Brushing, Bi-Monthly BathsWeekly Brushing
TrainingSensitive, prefer to relaxEnthusiastic, sometimes defiant

The 5 Key Differences Between Ragdoll and Siamese Cats

The seal color pattern of Ragdoll and Siamese cats’ fur is their most distinguishing feature. It indicates that the bodies are white to creamy white, with dark brown masks, ears, tails, and mittens. People frequently confuse the Ragdoll with the Siamese because this combination of colors is so unusual compared to those found in other breeds.

The main difference between the two is that Ragdolls are more independent than Siamese, who require a lot of cuddling and attention. Siamese is prone to being gloomy and depressed if not given enough love. On the other hand, Ragdolls strike the perfect balance between cuddling and asserting independence.

There are more significant differences between these two beautiful felines, and we are about to discover what they are!

Ragdoll vs Siamese: Size and Weight

Friendliest Cats - Ragdoll

Ragdolls are larger than Siamese cats.

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Aside from the similar color patterns, it’s important to remember that both have distinct physical characteristics. Ragdolls are known to be a little larger than the Siamese. They weigh between 10 lb (4.5 kg) and 20 lb (9 kg) at their healthiest and are approximately 17 in (43 cm) and 21 in (53 cm) tall, excluding the tail. The Ragdoll is one of the heaviest domesticated cat breeds, and it can take up to four years for a Ragdoll to reach mature size.

Siamese cats, however, are slightly smaller than Ragdolls. They weigh between 6 to 14 pounds (2.7 and 6.4 kilograms) and stand between 15 to 20 inches (38 and 50 centimeters) tall without the tail. Their growth stops at 12-19 months.

Ragdoll vs Siamese: Coat

Siamese Cats - Classic Siamese Cat

Ragdolls have long coats whereas Siamese cats have short coats.

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Although both have fine, silky fur, a Ragdoll’s coat differs significantly from a Siamese’s coat. The breed standard for Ragdolls is their long coats with a silken texture that resembles rabbit fur. Ragdolls lack undercoats, causing them to shed substantially more than other cat breeds.

The usual Siamese cat has a relatively short and uniquely silky coat. Is there a fluffy Siamese cat? No, it’s silk rather than fluff. If you’re trying to determine the difference between the Ragdolls and Siamese by sight, look for a shorter but sleek fur, it will usually indicate the latter one.

Ragdoll vs Siamese: Personality

As for their personalities, Ragdoll and Siamese cats are like night and day. Ragdoll cats tend to be more on the calmer side of the spectrum. They earned their name because they flop around like a ragdoll when held. This characteristic accurately describes their docile demeanor. These felines love lounging and snuggling on the couch admiring your company, and they will hardly bother you with anything. 

Both are highly loving creatures, but Ragdoll cats tend to be affectionate with everyone. They are exceedingly social and trusting that they are vulnerable to being stolen.

Siamese, however, needs to be the star of the show and craves attention. They’re chatty cats who will meow at you until you give in to their demands. Their extroverted personality will never go unnoticed. Siamese cats enjoy being active due to their lively disposition. They have a reputation for being wicked little attention seekers. They’re also curious animals, so they’re prone to getting into cabinets and other places they shouldn’t be.

Siamese cats also have a reputation as sensitive creatures. They can be prone to depression or mischief if not provided enough affection. They are also likely to be emotionally connected to a particular person, but they are friendly with the entire family.

The Siamese is better with dogs because of their boundless energy. Siamese cats have the vitality to equal a dog’s, and the two make excellent companions. Ragdolls are the complete opposite, seeking to be alone in the household. They don’t get along well with dogs as they prefer to be the only pet.

Ragdoll vs Siamese: Grooming and Care Requirements

Siamese laying down on bed

The Siamese requires significant mental stimulation.

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Ragdoll cats are long-haired and have fluffy coats, making them shed extensively. As a result, they require grooming twice a week. In terms of care, Ragdolls can be very independent. While they enjoy being petted or cuddled, they want to be left alone. They are also a very laid-back breed that prefers to be lethargic and slumber most of the time.

Siamese cats have silky, short hair. It makes them low-maintenance in terms of grooming, and they’re ideal for folks who want a hypoallergenic breed. As previously stated, the Siamese takes far more of your time and attention than the Ragdoll. They are not suitable pets for people working long hours who can’t devote sufficient time playing with and stimulating them.

Ragdoll vs. Siamese: Training 

Although they are intelligent, Ragdolls prefer to relax rather than learn new tricks. They also hate being yelled at or scolded, so use positive reinforcement.

Because they are energetic cats, Siamese cats can be stubborn when training. However, they enjoy a challenge. You’ll also have the option of teaching them through games or other physical activities, giving them the bonding time they crave.

Ragdoll vs. Siamese: Additional Differences

Siamese cat resting on the floor.

Siamese cats generally have longer lifespans than ragdolls

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Perhaps one of the key distinguishing features of any breed is its lifespan. So how long do ragdolls and Siamese live?

Ragdolls are capable of living between 12 – 15 years on average. Siamese, on the other hand, are a lot more fortunate in this regard and are capable of living for 15 years and some have been known to live for as long as 20 years. However, both breeds are outstripped by the Burmese which is known to live for about 18 years on average and which is actually capable of living for as long as 35 years.

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