how big do maine coon cats get

How Big Do Maine Coon Cats Get

How big do Maine Coon cats get and how much does a Maine Coon cat weigh? Many popular stories have been transmitted over the years. One story includes Captain Charles Coon, an English captain who often traveled to New England with long-haired cats on his boat. Upon docking, the cats mated with the local cats and produced many offspring. Townspeople called the strays “Coon Cats”.

Maine Coon cats are believed to be one of the oldest breeds in North America and are believed to have originated in Maine. In fact, Maine Coons are the official cat of Maine. Although the exact origin is unknown, most breeders agree that they are a blend of North American hair and European long hair.

One of the most exciting beliefs is that they are a product of semi-wild cats and raccoons! This idea arises because of the fact that the most common coloring of a Maine coon cat is a raccoon-like brownish tabby. It’s only a brown tabby that was originally called the Maine Coon Cat. The others were called Maine Shags. Although they grow slowly and do not reach maturity until they are three or four years old, they end up being great big fellows. View our Maine Coon size chart for more details on the average sizes.

how big does a maine coon cat get

How Much Does a Maine Coon Cat Weigh?

Maine Coon cats weigh between 10 to 25 pounds. Male Maine Coon cats weigh between 15 to 25 pounds (about 6.8 to 11kg), while female Coon cats average 10 to 15 pounds (about 4.5 to 6.8 kg). Hence, their large, rectangular-built body shape and long hair make them even bigger.

Adults can be between 10 and 16 inches (about 25 and 41 cm) tall and can reach a maximum length of 40 inches 100 cm, including the tail capable of reaching 14 inches (about 36 cm) in length. We’ve compiled some data and created the Maine Coon Size Chart for you to compare males vs female Maine Coon sizes.

They have a strong and muscular body and broad chest to support their own weight. Ultimately, their legs are substantial, wide set of medium length and proportional to the body, straight forelegs, the rear legs are straight when viewed from behind. The paws are large, round, well-tufted. 

When is a Maine Coon Full Grown?

Maine Coon cats slowly mature and are not considered an adult until they’re between three to five years old. They have a life expectancy of about twelve years.. These cats look a lot like the Bobcats, and like them, these cats were built for cold weather.

Maine Coon cats have a furry coat that keeps them warm and isolates them from harsh weather. Their full plumed tail and tufted ears prevent them from losing precious body heat from these parts, and the thick layer of hair around their neck and feet add extra protection from wind.

The photos shown below is of “Big Ben”, one of my biggest Maine Coons. Shown in the photo he’s just one year old and 21 pounds.  Since he has alot of growing and maturing to do still, he may just break the world record. He is a whopper of a cat, and just the sweetest hairy snuggle bug.

how big do maine coon cats get

UPDATE: My white maine coon has officially surpassed Big Ben [Pictured above] and is now my biggest boy! Check him out.

Biggest Maine Coon on Record

The Maine Coon cat holds the Guinness Record for being the longest domesticated cat in the world. That should tell you that Maine Coon Cats grow to be very huge. As you can see, they can easily out-weigh a small dog.  Maine Coon cats are one of the biggest breeds of domestic cats. They are tall and well-built, wide-chested, with a long body, big slanted eyes, long, shiny coat and long-tailed cats. They are very gentle and playful pets, receptive to kids and other animals.

Check out a few video clips of some of the biggest Maine Coon cats on record!  WOW.

Here’s the Official Guinness World Record Book on Ludo, one of the Longest Maine Coon Cats in history.


If you’re in love with these Gentle Giants like I am, and thinking about adopting one into your family, then be sure to check Available Maine Coon Kittens. I breed European Maine Coons with a focus on health and temperament.  If you already know that you can’t live another day without a coonie, then get pre-approved to adopt a Sassy Koonz kitten.

As you can see, I’m so in love with these big cats! The say that things are bigger in Texas, but they’re better at Sassy Koonz! If you’re looking for Maine Coon kittens in Texas, we can help!

Choose a Breeder Based on the Quality of their Cats, not the Size

Many breeders will put an emphasis on how “big” their cats are. While that is a fascinating trait that the Maine Coon exhibits, it’s certainly not the most important. The health of the parents and ancenstors are far more important than the size. Do your research when choosing a Maine Coon breeder to adopt your Maine Coon Kitten from.

Read more about why I decided to become a Maine Coon Breeder. <3

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