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 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 colors have no pattern (obviously). Black and Blue torties are a combination of solid colors. A solid white cat is masking another color, usually the color of the parent.
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.
See More of Our Black Maine Coon Kitten
|Black and White [n 09]|
|Black Smoke [ns]|
|Black Smoke and White [ns 09]|
Read about our Black Smoke Maine Coon
|Black/Brown Tabby [n 22]|
|Black Silver Tabby [ns 22]|
Check out our Black Silver Maine Coon
|Black Tortie [f]|
|Black Tortie and White [f 09]|
Read More About our Calico Maine Coon
|Black Smoke Tortie [fs 09]|
|Black Torbie [f 22]|
Come meet our Black Torbie Maine Coon
|Black Silver Torbie [fs 22]|
|Blue Smoke [as]|
|Blue Smoke and White [as 09]|
|Blue Tabby [a 22]|
|Blue Silver Tabby [as 22]|
|Blue Silver Tabby and White [as 22 09]|
|Blue Tortie [g]|
|Blue Smoke Tortie [gs]|
|Blue Silver Torbie|
|Red Smoke [ds]|
|Red Tabby [d 22]|
|Red Tabby and White [d 22 09]|
See Our Red Tabby with White Maine Coon
|Red Silver Tabby [ds 22]|
|Cream Smoke [es]|
|Cream Tabby [e 22]|
|Cream Silver Tabby ]es 22]|
More about the 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 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!