The average price of a pet quality kitten is between $400 and $750, depending on the breeder, location, gender, color and pattern. Breeder quality cats are usually $1,000 and up, sometimes as high as $2,000 or more, depending upon the pattern, color, show prospects, and lineage. Show alters – spayed or neutered show quality ragdolls that can be shown in the alter championship classes – range from $600 to $1,000. Some breeders place retired breeder and show cats to good homes for a modest fee or the cost of neutering or spaying and vaccinations.
As is true of most breeds, breeder and fancier groups each have their own philosophies, breeding practices, and guidelines. Other legitimate breeders operate independently of the organized ragdoll groups. Investigate the breeder before committing to buy, and always get a written health guarantee and registration papers. Avoid buying unpapered ragdolls; it’s rare, but some unethical people sell bogus ragdolls for hefty prices. This can occur in any breed but is more common in popular breeds for which there is a high demand.