This is a topic that is frequent in many of the forums that I go to. Instead of me writing in long detail just my opinions between the Ragdoll and Ragamuffin, I am going to link you to a forum thread regarding many opinions and facts on the differences of the Ragdoll and Ragamuffin. I hope this is allowed, if not, please remove, and I will be sure to PM the link.http://www.ragdollcentral.com/phpBB2...pic.php?t=2136
In some organizations the Ragamuffin has been accepted, I believe ACFA accepted them for championship status, but CFA and TICA have not. I may be wrong, if I am, I will be quickly corrected.
The Ragdoll breed does not have any acceptable outcrosses, in which the Ragamuffin accepts many outcrosses, including the Ragdoll. Which in my OPINION, the Ragdoll and Ragamuffin breeds, aside from color and a more accepting white spotting factor standard, the breeds are very much alike.
If one likes the Pointed, blue eyed Ragdoll, then go with the Ragdoll, and if one likes the various color choices that the Ragamuffin comes in then go with the Ragamuffin.
There are also a few that breed the Mink and Solid Ragdolls, which would take an entire thread, and various opinions. However, I can say that most of the Ragdoll breeders do hope to see the Ragdoll stay a blue eyed pointed breed only, and not allow the Minks and Solids in for championship status.
These are my opinions only.
The Ragdoll comes in only 3 accepted patterns, colorpoint, mitted, and bicolor. The white spotting factor can throw many patterns out, some that have the bicolor face, but the mitted legs, called a mitted/bicolor, this is not accepted for show.
Ragdolls and Birmans have very strict guidelines in showing regarding the white spotting, as called for in the standard.
I see a great difference between the Birman and Ragdoll breed. The Birman does come in only one pattern, the only similarities in my opinion would be the fact that both breeds come in a pattern that looks similar, but if looked at closely would not be the same. The standard of the Birman vs Ragdoll calls for different eye shape, different head shape, a much different profile. The mitted Ragdoll which to some may resemble a Birman, should have a white chin, which will follow the white pattern into the white bib and a white striped underbelly. I am not sure of the exact pattern of the Birman, only knowing the back feet have longer laces in back, where the Ragdoll has the white going up most of the leg.
Here is our altered mitted male, you can see the white mitts, and white chin.
Here you can see a typical Ragdoll pose, and the way the white chin flows into the white bib and underbelly. You can note a flaw, a small spot of color on his left back foot, for show, one would want all white.
This is the bicolor pattern, for the Ragdoll. She is not looking too happy, she was pregnant when I took this picture, but she does have the perfect inverted "V" patterning on her face. The color will be on her face, ears, saddle, tail, but underbelly and all 4 legs should be white for show.
I don't have a picture ready and uploaded of a colorpoint, but Celestialrags, has a beautiful blue colorpoint in her signature of Icey. A colorpoint has no white, so it wouldn't be judged on pattern, but still judged on other confirmation.
If you are looking for one of these breeds just as a pet, I would suggest going to a show and speaking to breeders about their cats. It may help you make a hard decision, as they are all wonderful breeds, and beautiful cats.