maine coon vs ragdoll

Size and Appearance:

Maine Coons vs Ragdolls are both large breeds of cats, with the Maine Coon being slightly larger of the two. However, they do vary in appearance and structure.

Maine CoonRagdoll
Largest domesticated catLarge Breed, but not the largest
Muscular and RuggedElegant and Graceful
Long, shaggy fur with undercoatSemi-long hair, silky with no undercoat
Tufted Ear TipsNon Tufted Ear Tips
Long Bushy TailTapered Tail

maine coon vs ragdoll comparison


The temperament of your breed is a very important factor when deciding on a kitten. Adding a new dynamic into your home is exciting.

All cats are different, but generally speaking the Maine coon is a very intelligent cat. They’re also very friendly and extremely sociable. They’re great for human companionship.

The Ragdoll is known to be docile and have a laid back personality. Many say they love to be held and cuddled but I can’t confirm or deny that since I’ve never owned one.

I love the temperaments of both breeds. I think they’re very similar in nature. My son owns a Ragdoll and I own 11 Maine Coons. LOLS There’s just something about the Maine Coon personality that stands out to me. They’re very people oriented.

Activity Level:

  • Maine Coons are moderately active cats that enjoy playtime and interactive toys. They are curious and enjoy exploring their environment (aka “nosey”) .
  • Ragdolls are also moderately active but tend to be more relaxed compared to Maine Coons. They enjoy lounging around and may not be as playful as some other breeds.


Both Maine Coons and Ragdolls have coats that require regular grooming to prevent matting and tangles. Maine Coons may require more frequent grooming, especially during shedding seasons, due to their thicker coats.


Both breeds are generally healthy, but like all cats, they may be prone to certain genetic health issues. The most common disease in both breeds is HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). A large percentage (10 to 15%) of all cats (not just Pedigree cats) will develop HCM in their lifetime.

Although HCM is a disease, it isn’t always a death sentence. If you have a cat that has been diagnosed with HCM, talk to your vert about medications that can improve the life expectancy.

Maine Coon Health Issues vs Ragdoll Health Issues


Interestedly, both the Maine Coon and the Ragdoll have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. With proper care, regular vet visits, 10 to 15 minutes of exercise daily and a healthy diet these lifespans can be extended to upwards of 20 years in some cases.

Have you Decided on a Maine Coon Kitten?

If you’ve decided on a Maine Coon kitten, then you’re in the right place! My daughter and I work together to produce only a few extraordinary kittens each year.

If you’re interested in adding a Maine Coon to your family, then check our upcoming litter announcement page and see if we’re the breeder for you!

If you’re leaning more toward a Ragdoll, then check the TICA website for a list of registered Ragdoll breeders. As always, do your due diligence before your buy any kitten from anyone!

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