The Smoke Maine Coon: Every color and pattern


Smoke Maine Coon cats are the illusionists of the cat world. Why? Because the closer you look and the more they move, the more their coats seem to change color.

If Maine Coons with smoke coats are your favorite, you’ll be spoilt for choice because there are 16 smoke patterns. You can see a description of each in our at-a-glance table below.

Definition of a Smoke Maine Coon

A smoke Maine Coon is a cat with different color banding on each of its hair shafts. The roots are always paler than the tips giving the cat’s coat a smoky appearance. Black smoke Maine Coons are the most popular but there are many other variations involving the colors black, blue, red, cream and white.

The paler tips of the smoke Maine Coon’s coat are more obvious when it is in motion or when its fur is blown in the wind. The effect is spectacular.

Black smoke Maine Coon with silver neck rough and ear tips

The Smoke Maine Coon classes

There are just two classes of smoke Maine Coons:

  • Smoke, of which there are 7 color variations
  • Smoke and white, of which there are 9 color variations

The 16 smoke Maine Coon coats at a glance

CoatDescription
Black SmokeFur with white roots and black tips
Blue SmokeFur with white roots and blue tips
Red Smoke AKA Cameo SmokeFur with white roots and red tips
Cream SmokeFur with white roots and cream tips
Blue-Cream SmokeFur with white roots and blue-cream tips
Black Tortie SmokeFur tipped with patched shades of red and black. White roots
Blue Tortie SmokeFur tipped with patched shades of cream and blue. White roots
Dense Calico SmokeSolid (unbrindled) patches of red, white, and black fur with white roots on the black and red
Dilute Calico SmokeSolid (unbrindled) patches of cream, white, and blue fur with white roots on the blue and cream
*Black & White SmokeAs per black smoke but with white bib, belly, and paws.
*Blue & White SmokeAs per blue smoke but with white bib, belly, and paws.
*Red (cameo) & white SmokeAs per red (cameo) smoke but with white bib, belly, and paws
*Cream & White SmokeAs per cream smoke but with white bib, belly, and paws
*Blue-Cream & White SmokeAs per blue-cream smoke but with white bib, belly, and paws
*Black & White Tortie SmokeAs per black tortie smoke but with white bib, belly, and paws
*Blue & White Tortie SmokeAs per blue tortie smoke but with white bib, belly, and paws
* Smokes with white fur may or may not have white on their faces

Smoke Maine Coons: Descriptions of each variation

Black Smoke Maine Coon

The black smoke Maine Coon is the most sought after of the smoke coats. The majority of this cat’s fur has jet black tips and white roots. A hint of silver on their neck roughs and ear tips give the black smoke Maine Coon a regal appearance.

Blue Smoke Maine Coon

The blue smoke Maine Coon is a dilute version of the black smoke. This cat’s fur has blue tips and white roots which give it a wonderful light blue smoky appearance.

Check out its nose leather and paw pads – these are a matching blue color!

Cameo (Red) Smoke Maine Coon

Red or Cameo smoke Maine Coon on the stairs

The cameo or red smoke Maine Coon has a white undercoat deeply tipped with red. They commonly exhibit a classic tabby pattern. To complement their appearance, they have rose-colored nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads.

Cream Smoke Maine Coon

A cream smoke Maine Coon has a white undercoat deeply tipped with cream. Their nose leather, rims of eyes, and paw pads are usually pink.

Cream smoke Maine Coon falling out of bed

Blue-Cream Smoke Maine Coon

The blue-cream smoke Maine Coon has a white undercoat, deeply tipped with blue. It also has clearly defined patches of cream fur, and often has a white ruff and ear tufts. Similar to a tortie, it may have a blaze of cream on its face.

Black Tortie Smoke Maine Coon

Black Tortie Smoke Maine Coon in her bed

The black tortie smoke Maine coon (aka black tortoiseshell smoke) has a white undercoat that is deeply tipped with black and red brindled patches of varying shades.

An unsymmetrical blaze of red is often apparent on their faces giving each of these Maine Coons a uniquely beautiful appearance.

Blue Tortie Smoke Maine Coon

Blue tortie smoke Maine Coon on the stairs

The blue tortie smoke Maine Coon (aka blue tortoiseshell smoke) has a white undercoat that is deeply tipped with blue and cream brindled patches of varying shades.

An unsymmetrical blaze of cream is usually splashed across their faces giving each of blue tortie smoke Maine Coon a beautiful and unique appearance.

Smoke and White Maine Coons: descriptions of each variation

Dense Calico Smoke Maine Coon

The dense calico smoke Maine Coon falls into the smoke and white class because it has white fur in its coat. A calico Maine Coon has patches of white with dense patches of solid red and black.

A calico smoke Maine Coon has the same pattern as the calico but all of its fur is white at the roots which gives it the classic smoky appearance.

Dilute Calico Smoke Maine Coon

A dilute calico smoke Maine Coon has paler versions of the coat colors scene in the dense calico smoke. The vibrant red fur is instead cream, and the dense coal-black fur is replaced with blue fur. As per all smokes, the dilute calico smoke’s fur has white roots

Black Smoke & White Maine Coon

The black smoke and white Maine Coon has a similar coat to the black smoke as described earlier. The difference is it also has a white on its bib, all four paws, and belly. Some also have white on their faces.

Black Tortie Smoke & White Maine Coon

The black tortie smoke and white Maine Coon has the same colors and patterns as a black tortie smoke. Additionally, it may or may not have white on its face. All will have four white paws, a white belly, and a white bib.

Blue Smoke & White Maine Coon

The blue smoke and white Maine Coon has a similar coat to the blue smoke as described earlier in this article. In addition, it also has white on its bib, all four paws, and belly. Some may have white on their faces, but not all.

Blue-Cream Smoke & White Maine Coon

The blue-cream smoke and white Maine Coon has a similar coat to the blue-cream smoke as described earlier. It also has white on its bib, all four paws, and belly. Some blue-cream and white smokes have white on their faces, but not all do.

Blue Tortie Smoke & White Maine Coon

The blue tortie smoke and white Maine Coon has the same colors and patterns as the blue tortie smoke. In some cases, it can have white on its face, but not always. All blue tortie and white smokes have four white paws, a white belly, and a white bib.

Cameo (Red) Smoke & White Maine Coon

The cameo smoke and white Maine Coon has a similar coat to the cameo smoke described above. In addition, it has white on its bib, all four paws, and its belly. Some cameo and white smokes have white on their faces, but not all do.

Cream Smoke & White Maine Coon

The cream smoke and white Maine Coon has a coat similar to the cream smoke described earlier. The biggest difference is it has white fur on its bib, all four paws, and its belly.

Some cream and white smokes also have white fur on their faces, but this is not always the case.

How a smoke Maine Coon coat develops

For a Maine Coon to have a smoke coat, one of its parents must also exhibit the smoke pattern i.e. have a white undercoat.

The Smoke pattern results when shading occurs on solid hair colors. All of the hairs have full color to a point and then become white at the root. The coat appears to be one color or pattern until it is moved to reveal the contrasting white undercoat.

The smoke Maine Coon: pick your favorite

The 16 smoke Maine Coons are equally beautiful and difficult to choose between.

As the black smoke Maine Coon is the most sought after, it can be the hardest to find. However, Tortoiseshell Maine Coons are quite common as they occur more frequently.

If you choose to buy a Smoke Maine Coon of any color, you won’t be disappointed. They are amazing cats.

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Hi. I'm Jane Pettitt and I co-own petsKB with my husband, Matt. I've always been crazy about animals and have shared my whole life with cats, We currently live with 4 gorgeous Maine Coons and have 25 years of experience with this breed. There's not much we can't tell you about them. We've also owned dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, mice, and tortoises. All of our articles draw on the extensive pet knowledge base we've built up throughout our lives as pet lovers.

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