maine coon colors guide

Maine Coon Colors

Maine Coon Colors and Patterns are Simply Gorgeous

Maine Coon cats are available in over 84 colors and pattern variations.  Isn’t this fantastic news? As a result, most pet owners don’t realize all of the different options when it comes to the purebred Maine Coon Cat. The table below shows all of the color combinations along with the corresponding color codes that you can see from a Maine Coon Kitten.

As you’re checking out the photos that we’ve found of some of the different colors, there are a few things interesting to remember as far as genetics are concerned.  Male kittens always obtain both color genes from their mother. The male offspring in a litter will always be either the color of the mother or the dilute form of mom’s color. Furthermore, female kittens will be a combination of both parent’s colors. Knowing this information, it’s easy to predict the expected colors of kittens from the parents.

There’s plenty of information to read about feline genetics and how Maine Coons get their colors and patterns on the CFA website.

Solid/Smoke Colors

Solid colors have no pattern (obviously). The fur of the solid cat can be red, black, black tortie and blue,cream, or blue tortie. To confuse things just a bit, a solid color cat can also have the white spotting gene and/or the silver gene. It would still be considered ‘Solid”.

When we refer to the “smoke” color in a Maine Coon cat, we’re actually referring to the silver undercoat that is seen on a solid color cat. It’s not always easy to detect a smoke undercoat in kittens, as this can develop and become more prominent with age.  It’s usually detected by checking the roots of the hair shaft in the cat. A true smoke color will have silver roots to the hair shaft.

NOTE: The silver coat in a solid colored Maine Coon is referred to as smoke. In a tabby cat, it’s referred to as silver.

Classic Tabby/Silver Colors

There’s something so regal and beautiful about a Classic Tabby Maine Coon. The tabbies are the most sought after Maine Coon colors.

For cats with white patches on their chest, paws, and paws, the color code 09 will be added. Since this indicates “white”. Kitties with larger amounts of white (up to around 50%) the code is 03. Cats that exhibit a very large amount of white, above 50%, the code 02 is used, described as harlequin. Maine Coons that only show color around the ears and tail, the code for van should be used.

NOTE: If you don’t see a photo example of one of the colors listed below it’s because I’m still searching for a good photo from one of the catteries that have allowed me to use their photos.  Eventually, I will have great examples of every color option available right here on this post. Do you have a beautiful photo of your Maine Coon cat in one of the missing colors that you’ll allow me to use here? Please send me a message and let me know.

Bi-Color Maine Coons

A bicolor cat is one with any color fur that is combined with any amount of white. There are various patterns of bicolor Maine Coons, varying from a tiny splash of color all the way to jut a tiny splash of white. The bicolor cat occurs because of the white spotting gene being present in the DNA. If one of the parents has the white spotting gene, then it’s likely that some or most of the kittens will as well, since the white spotting gene is dominant.

Bicolor kitties are graded from one to ten, with 10 bring the highest amount of white, least amount of color. The most common is the black and white Maine Coon, and the least common is the van.

Bicolor kitties are graded from one to ten, with 10 bring the highest amount of white, least amount of color. The most common is the black and white Maine Coon, and the least common is the van.

Let’s have a look at some of the bicolor possibilities and white spotting grade charts when it comes to Maine Coons.

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Examples of Maine Coon Colors

Black Maine Coon [n]
Our Black Kittens:
Prince Of Darkness
black maine coon kitten
Black and White [n 09]
Sassy Koonz Black and White Kittens:
Moby Dick
Trumpy Bear
Sleepy Joe
black and white maine coon
Black Smoke [ns]
Sassy Koonz Black Smoke Kittens:
Miss May
maine coon colors black smoke
Black Smoke with White [ns 09]
Read about our Black Smoke Maine Coon
(with white)
Sassy Koonz Black Smoke and White Kittens:
black maine coon
Black/Brown Tabby [n 22]
Sassy Koonz Black Tabby Kittens:
maine coon colors brown tabby black tabby
Black Silver Tabby [ns 22]
Check out our Black Silver Maine Coon
Sassy Koonz Black Silver Kittens:
Maine Coon Florida
Black Silver Tabby with White [ns 22 09]
Sassy Koonz Black Silver Tabby with White Kittens:
Kiss Me Deadly (BiColor)
black silver tabby white maine coon
Black Tortie [f]
Sassy Koonz Black Torties:
black tortie female maine coon
Black Tortie and White [f 09]
Read More About our Calico Maine Coon
Sassy Koonz Black Torties/White:
black tortie white maine coon
Black Smoke Tortie [fs 09]
Sassy Koonz Black Smoke Tortie Kittens:
black smoke tortie maine coon kitten
Black Torbie [f 22]
Come meet our Black Torbie Maine Coon
Sassy Koonz Black Torbie Kittens:
Heart Stealer Valkyrie Heart
Black Torbie with White [f 22 09]
Sassy Koonz Black Torbie with White Kittens:
Zsa Zsa
Shot of Poison
breed quality maine coon kittens
Black Silver Torbie [fs 22]
Sassy Koonz Black Silver Torbie Kittens:
maine coon north carolina
Blue [a]
Sassy Koonz Blue Kittens:
Sweet Leaf
maine coon colors blue
Blue Smoke [as]
Sassy Koonz Blue Smoke Kittens:
maine coon cats
Blue Smoke and White [as 09]
Sassy Koonz Blue Smoke and White Kittens:
blue smoke white maine coon
Blue Tabby [a 22][We Need a Blue Tabby Maine Coon Image]
Blue Silver Tabby [as 22]
blue silver tabby Maine Coon
Blue Silver Tabby and White [as 22 09]
Sassy Koonz Blue Silver with White Tabby Kittens:
blue silver tabby white maine coon
Blue Tortie [g][We Need a Blue Tortie Image]
Blue Tortie with White [g 09]
Sassy Koonz Blue Tortie with White Kittens:
pretty maine coons
Blue Smoke Tortie [gs]blue smoke tortie
Blue Torbie[We need a blue torbie Maine Coon Image]
Blue Silver Torbie[We need a blue silver torbie Maine Coon Image]
Red [d]
Sassy Koonz Red Kittens:
maine coon colors red
Red Smoke [ds][We need a red smoke Maine Coon Image]
Red Tabby [d 22][We have one coming! “Bad Boy” is a red classic tabby]
Red Tabby with White [ 22 09]
Sassy Koonz Red Tabby with White Kittens:
Manson (BiColor)
Orange Man (BiColor)
orange maine coon kitten
Red Smoke and White [d 22 09]
See Our Red Smoke with White Maine Coon
Sassy Koonz Kittens that are Red Smoke/White
Red Barron
Tom Sawyer
Country Gulliver Headhunter
Red Silver Tabby [ds 22]
Sassy Koonz Red Silver Tabby Kittens:
Maine coon kittens for sale with breeding rights
Red Silver Tabby with White [ds 09]
Sassy Koonz Red Silver Tabby with White Kittens:
Kiss Me Twice
red siler tabby white maine coon
Cream [e][We need a cream Maine Coon Image]
Cream Smoke [es]
Sassy Koonz Cream Smoke Kittens:
maine coon colors cream smoke
Cream Tabby [e 22] with White
Sassy Koonz Cream Tabby with White Kittens:
creme tabby white maine coon
Cream Silver Tabby ]es 22][We need a cream silver tabby Maine Coon Image]
White [w]
More about the White Maine Coon
white maine coon

All of the photos on this website are being used with permission from their owners:

If you’re in love with any of the Maine Coon colors that you see on this page (there’s alot to choose from) then head over to our available kittens page and see if your favorite color is available. If you have your eye on a certain color and you’re hoping to get a kitten from one of your preferred Maine Coon Breeders, then talk them about what colors they can produce and make sure that they have what you’re looking for!

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21 thoughts on “Maine Coon Colors”

  1. Oh, how I’ve enjoyed your blog! My darling companion of 18 wonderful years (a tuxedo cat) just passed. I happened on your post about the Cattery you and your husband made,, just lovely.
    Also , looked at these magnificent beings you have raised.
    Thank you for sharing . The loss of my darling Tate has been agonizing and it was healing to see such loved a cared for cats. I can’t complain truly Tate never was sick for 18 years and was the king of all he surveyed! I miss him terribly.
    Thanks so much,

  2. I would love to get a wall poster showing all the different colors of the Maine Coon. Do you know where I can Find one? Thank you,Alice

  3. My new kitty is listed as n 22 03. His back is truly black but front view he is such the brown tabby. I love your listing of colors it was exactly what I googled and did not expect to find. Harley has white chest, paws and paws plus a white tummy. I would love if you could a photo of him.

  4. Love your website! Such great information! I’ve been looking for a Maine Coon girl (like your Tiffany) for years! Currently have two beautiful girls, Lulu and Bagheera (not Maine Coon), they’re spoiled rotten? I’m in Tallahassee.

  5. I love your website! I’ve had many of my questions answered just by reading it. Tha k you!
    I have one question. …what does “Pale” mean in the maine coons coloring? My breedee has said my kitten is a Pale Silver Tortie.

    1. There are several different shades of silver. “Pale” means that they are a lighter than average shade of silver – or that more of the hair shaft is silver, giving them a “pale” appearance.

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