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 of the gorgeous Maine Coon colors, there are a few things interesting to remember. 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.
Black Maine Coon
The solid black Maine Coon has a universally black coat. Remarkably, his nose pads whiskers and paw pads may also be black. This color isn’t very common, but it is certainly a beautiful sight to behold. Owners of black Maine coons will refer to them as “black panthers”. It is undesirable to have a white locket in a solid black coat. Our black Maine Coon kittens include: Freddie, Prince Of Darkness and Hitman.
Black and White Maine Coon
The black and white Maine Coon is usually classified as a bi-color. The distribution of white can be very small, like a white locket on the chest. It can also be in abundance, creating a “van” pattern. When we speak of any cat “with white” or “bi-color”, it is indicated by the amount of white that can be seen on the cat. White is a spotting gene.
Black Smoke Maine Coon
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. Black smoke is the most popular color of smokes. However, there are many other beautiful smoke colored variations.
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. It’s the same gene that produces this color. It’s called the silver inhibitor.
Black Smoke and White
Black Classic Tabby
There’s something so regal and beautiful about a Black Classic Tabby Maine Coon. This very traditional look is the most sought-after Maine Coon color. They also have the highest win rate at the TICA Cat shows. This cat presents a black cost with warm brown swirls as its pattern. Some people will refer to the pattern as a”Bullseye” pattern since you can see a perfectly round spot in the ribcage area. The black classic tabby is also known as the brown tabby, and some will call him “marble”.j
Black Tabby with White
Black Silver Tabby
The black silver tabby Maine Coon can have one of multiple patterns: Classic, mackerel, spotted, or ticked.
Black Silver Tabby with White
Black Silver Torbie
Black Torbie with White
The black tortie Maine Coon is a crowd pleaser. With her dark mysterious black coat, highlighted with fiery red, she is sure to have a tortietude. This coat is considered a “solid” coat, also known as non-agouti, since there are no tabby markings on a tortie.
Black Tortie with White (Calico)
A black tortie with white is the technical term for a calico Maine Coon. When one of the parents carries the white spotting gene, and would normally produce black torties, they can now add a new element in with calico.
Black Smoke Tortie
Ah yes, the black smoke tortie. Imagine a very beautiful black tortie with a white undercoat. One that makes her shine almost with a brilliant silvery glimmer. This would be the black smoke tortie.
Red Maine Coon
The red Mine Coon is another large crowd favorite. They speak more to the lovers of traditional colors, and capture the hearts of ginger lovers across the globe. Red coats can be challenging to identify if you’re not familiar with the markings of a solid red. Due to their ghost markings (they appear to be that of a tabby) you can easily mistake them for a red tabby. To clearly identify a solid red Maine Coon, look at the lining of the ears. They should be red, not white. Additionally solid red Maine Coons do not have the white muzzle. If you’re unsure about whether you have a solid red or a red tabby Maine Coon, you can check the pedigree. If both parents are non-agouti, then solid red is the only possibility.
Red with White Maine Coons
Red Tabby with White Maine Coon
Red Silver Maine Coons
Red Silver Maine Coons are simply magnificent. They reduce the richness of the red color in the coat by adding a sparkly silver undercoat. In order to produce red silvers, at least one parent must have the inhibitor gene. This is a dominant trait and will be passed down to the kittens.
Red Smoke Maine Coon
Red Smoke and White Maine Coons
Cream Tabby Maine Coon
Let’s have a look at some of the bicolor possibilities and white spotting grade charts when it comes to Maine Coons.
White Maine Coon
Like the black maine coon, the white maine coon is a rare find. Both majestic and beautiful, the white maine coon is easy on the eyes. There’s something very angelic about a solid white coonie.
Blue Maine Coon
Blue is a diluted version of black. In order for a kitten to be a blue or a variation of blue, both parents must be of blue color, or carry the dilute gene.
Blue Smoke Maine Coon
Blue Smoke and White
Blue Silver Tabby with White Maine Coon
Examples of Maine Coon Colors
|Blue Silver Tabby [as 22]|
|Blue Tortie with White [g 09]|
Sassy Koonz Blue Tortie with White Kittens:
|Blue Smoke Tortie [gs]|
|Blue Torbie||[We need a blue torbie Maine Coon Image]|
|Blue Silver Torbie||[We need a blue silver torbie Maine Coon Image]|
|Cream Smoke [es]|
Sassy Koonz Cream Smoke Kittens:
|Cream [e] with White |
Sassy Koonz Cream Tabby with White Kittens:
|Cream Silver Tabby ]es 22]||[We need a cream silver tabby Maine Coon Image]|
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!