What Colors Do Maine Coon Cats Come In?

Maine Coon cats are one of the most popular family pets around. They originated in Maine, North America but can now be found in homes all over the world. Their gentle natures and sociable personalities are among the traits that make them so endearing, along with their fabulous long coats.

What different colors do Maine Coon cats come in? Maine Coon cats come in many colors and color combinations. Their coats can be a solid color, smoke, bi-colored or tabby. The Maine Coon solid coat colors are black, white, red (ginger), blue (grey), and cream, and there are at least 85 different coat colors and color combinations.

The range of colors of Maine Coon cats

Maine Coon cats come in a wide variety of colors. Some people believe the different colors come with different personality traits but I’m not so sure about this! Whichever color Maine Coon you choose, you will find yourself sharing your world with one of the most sociable and gentle domestic cats in the world.

Maine Coons are revered for being the perfect family cat which is probably why they are also the most popular domestic breed. They are full of character and will provide you with endless hours of joy and entertainment.

Before you set your heart on a black Maine Coon, let’s have a closer look at some of the colors and combinations of colors available. As you will see you will be spoilt for choice and may find you change your mind.

Solid Maine Coon coat colors

As you would expect from the name a solid-color Maine Coon cat has fur of just one color with no other patches of other colors to be found. The recognized solid colors of Maine Coon are:

  • Black
  • White
  • Red (also referred to as ginger or orange)
  • Blue (also referred to as grey)
  • Cream
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White Maine Coon cats are further differentiated by eye color. They can have orange, blue, green or odd eyes.

Also listed in some places as a solid color are:

  • Tortie
  • Blue tortie

But these are really a combination of solid colors.

Smoke Maine Coon coat colors

A smoke-colored Maine Coon cat looks like it has fur of just one color on the surface but at the roots, its hair is much lighter than the at the tips.

Here is the range of smoke colors available:

  • Black smoke
  • Blue smoke
  • Red smoke
  • Cream smoke
  • Tortie smoke
  • Blue Tortie smoke
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Tabby Maine Coon coat colors

A tabby Maine Coon cat has fur that is mottled or streaked with stripes. Tabbies are one of the most sought-after Maine Coon colors. They are split into the following five categories:

Classic Tabby colors

A classic tabby Maine Coon cat has fur that is mottled or streaked with dark stripes.  The classic tabby colors are:

  • Black Classic Tabby (Brown)
  • Blue Classic Tabby
  • Red Classic Tabby
  • Cream Classic Tabby
  • Tortie Classic Tabby
  • Blue Tortie Classic Tabby
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Mackerel Tabby colors

  • Black Mac Tabby (Brown)
  • Blue Mac Tabby
  • Red Mac Tabby
  • Cream Mac Tabby
  • Tortie Mac Tabby
  • Blue Tortie Mac Tabby
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Silver Classic Tabby colors

  • Black Silver Classic Tabby
  • Blue Silver Classic Tabby
  • Red Silver Classic Tabby
  • Cream Silver Classic Tabby
  • Tortie Silver Classic Tabby
  • Blue Tortie Silver Classic Tabby
What Colors Do Maine Coon Cats Come In

Silver Mackerel Tabby colors

  • Black Silver Mac Tabby
  • Blue Silver Mac Tabby
  • Red Silver Mac Tabby
  • Cream Silver Mac Tabby
  • Tortie Silver Mac Tabby
  • Blue Tortie Silver Mac Tabby
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Silver Shaded Tabby colors

  • Black Silver Shaded Tabby
  • Blue Silver Shaded Tabby
  • Red Silver Shaded Tabby
  • Cream Silver Shaded Tabby
  • Tortie Silver Shaded Tabby
  • Blue Tortie Silver Shaded Tabby
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Bi-color Maine Coon Coats

Bi-colored Maine Coon cats are a combination of white and another color.  They may or may not have white on their faces but always have white on their bib (chest area), their tummies and all four paws. Here are the range of bi-colors:

  • Black and white
  • Blue and white
  • Red and white
  • Cream and white
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Interesting facts (and fictions) about Maine Coon coat colors


With Maine Coon cats there are a few interesting facts where 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 (less intense) form of her color.

Female kittens will be a combination of both parent’s colors. This makes it easy to predict the colors of kittens to expect from a particular pair of parents.

Paws and noses

Maine Coon cats can have pink or black noses and paw pads, and sometimes a combination.


The Maine Coon has beautiful eyes. They are large, round, wide-set and have a slightly oblique setting. Their eye color may be shades of green, gold or amber but there is no relationship between eye color and coat color, except in solid white cats, which may be blue-eyed, amber-eyed, green-eyed or odd-eyed.

Color and Personality

What Colors Do Maine Coon Cats Come In

I have been looking all day and can find no hard evidence that there is a link between color and personality. But some people are convinced that there is. This may be because they have had two Maine Coons of different colors and found their personalities are poles apart. And, of course, different cats can have different personality traits.

We have two Maine Coon boys. They are both 14 years old and came from the same litter. Charlie is an orange-eyed white and is nervous of strangers. He is very loving towards us and loves to sit on our laps. He runs and hides, leaving carnage in his wake when he is taken by surprise.

Harry is a red tabby with amber eyes. He is feisty and confident. He isn’t as cuddly as Charlie but he’ll be anybody’s friend and as far as I’m concerned he’s in possession of the “naughty ginger gene”. But I bet there are other people with Maine Coons of these colors with completely different natures.

People are often of the opinion that black Maine Coon cats are cool creatures but I’ve read several posts today where people have described their particular black Maine Coon cat as a loveable goon or crazy loon.

So I think it’s safe to say don’t believe you can get a Maine Coon with a specific personality by picking a specific color.

What is more important … the color or the cat?

I would vote for the cat every time. We chose our Maine Coon boys because we heard they had been returned to the breeder by their first owner at 4 months old. This meant we could take them home them straightaway without being added to a waiting list as is often the case when you want a younger kitten. Their color wasn’t a consideration and we fell in love with them at first sight.

But if you fancy a particular color, as you can see there is an extremely wide range to choose from – you are almost spoilt for choice. All Maine Coon cats are beautiful whatever their color and make wonderful pets.


So, how many colors is the Maine Coon seen in? The Maine Coon cab be at least 85 colors and color combinations. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a color or color combination that you can’t get a Maine Coon in. So if you want to get a Maine Coon to match your hair, your sofa or your carpet you probably can.

If you want one that’s of a particular personality, don’t be fooled into thinking a particular color will come with particular behavioral traits. Whatever color you finally decide on, one thing is for sure – I know you’ll be totally smitten instantly.

To finish …

I am convinced that there might be such a thing as the naughty ginger gene. Does anyone else agree?

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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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