Maine coons are one of the most popular breeds of cats in the world, and there’s a good reason for that! They’re friendly, playful, and easy to care for. While all Maine coons come in a variety of colors, did you know that some colors are more common than others? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the different Maine coon colors.
So whether you’re thinking about getting a Maine coon yourself or just curious about these amazing cats, read on!
Maine Coon Cat Colors
Maine coons come in a wide variety of colors patterns including solid, bi-color, tabby, smoke, and shaded. The most common Maine coon cat coat colors are black, white, red, blue, and cream. It’s possible for these solid colors to come in a whole mix of patterns, up to 75, in fact!
Some people think that the color of a cat’s fur determines its personality or temperament. For example, people might say that black cats are “bad luck” or that white cats are “sly.”
But there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. In fact, as with any other breed of cat, the personality of a Maine coon is largely determined by its genes and not by its fur.
The American Cat Fanciers Association(CFA) recognizes 75 different Maine coon coat colors!
There’s literally so much variety to choose from with these lovely cats. Some colors are rarer than others.
But with so much variety, you are bound to find the perfect one.
All Maine coon cats that are solid in color are classified this way because they show no other color throughout their entire coat. From the tips of the coat all the way down to the hair roots, the cat’s hair is the same color. Even the chin will show no different color markings.
A tabby Maine coon comes in a range of variations. Some include classic, mackerel, and ticked. In the image below we can see the red tabby. Its ground color and marking are a deep-rich red. The white trimming around the lip and chin is allowed in this class.
Within the Tabby class, there is also a range of different colors including:
- Brown & Brown Patched
- Silver & Silver Patched
- Red Tabby
- Blue Silver & Blue Silver Patched Tabby
- Blue Tabby & Blue Patched
- Cream Tabby
- Cream Silver
- Brown Tabby and White/ Brown Patched Tabby & White
- Silver Tabby/ Silver Patched
Additionally, there’s literally every other tabby you can think of including silver, white, and black.
Tabby Maine coons are perhaps the most common and popular color class in the world. It’s thought that they originated from around the mid-1800s when their color first began being identified as a distinct type.
The range of markings available for these gorgeous felines varies greatly; including spots or swirls across their fur (like what you see above).
Most bi-color Maine coon cats are a combination of black and white, but they can also be brown and white, or blue and white. They get their name from their patchy fur.
More often than not, patches of white are found on the cat’s chest, paws and belly.
- Black and White Maine coon
- Cream Maine coon
- Red and White
- Blue and White
Parti-color Maine coons are most recognizable by patches of color throughout their coat. From the image below we can see the Tortoiseshell which is categorized as a parti-color pattern.
Here we see patches of intermingled colors in the cat’s coat.
- Blue Cream
Within the parti-color class, there is also a subcategory again that includes:
- Dilute Calico
- Tortoiseshell and White
- Blue Cream and White
Shaded Maine coon cats are categorized by having a one-color undercoat with a slightly different shade of color on their overcoat.
We can see from the Silver shaded Maine coon in the image below that this cat appears white. However, if you look closely, there is a hint of silver on top to give it the shaded appearance.
- Chinchilla Silver
- Shaded Silver
- Shaded Blue Silver/ Chancilla Blue Silver
- Shell Cameo
- Shaded Cameo
- Shaded Cream
- Shaded Tortoiseshell
- Shaded Blue Cream
Smoke Pattern Maine coons are classified as having a solid color with a different color on the undercoat.
For example, a black smoke Maine coon will have a white undercoat that is deeply tipped with black.
The cat appears black but when it moves the white undercoat is more apparent. The undercoat is most noticeable when you stroke the cat and part its fur.
- Black Smoke
- Cameo Smoke
- Blue Smoke
- Cream Smoke
- Tortie Smoke
- Blue Cream Smoke
Maine coon colors come in a variety of different shades and patterns.
Some of the most common Maine coon colors include black, brown, tabby, red, cream, and white.
While each color has its own unique look all Maine coons are certainly beautiful and special in their own way.
If you’re interested in owning a Maine coon cat yourself, take a look at some of our pictures of different colored Maine coons to get an idea of what your kitty might look like!
What is the Rarest Maine Coon Color?
The rarest Maine coon color is red or ginger. The cat’s coat is completely red with no other patches of color. Silver and Gold Maine coons are also considered extremely rare.
Are White Maine Coon Rare?
Solid white Maine coons are considered rare. In fact, only 1.5% of Maine coon cats are solid white in color.
Are Red Maine Coon Cats Rare?
Red Maine coon cats are actually quite common. The red coat fur is more common in males than females so it’s more likely to find a red male than a female.
What is a Silver Maine Coon?
Silver Maine coons are the rarest color of Maine coon. They are a light-colored grey in appearance.
Are Black Maine Coons Rare?
A Maine coons coat color comes in solid black, black smoke, tabby black, bi-color black, and white. Sometimes blue Maine coon cats are mistaken for black, although, blue Maine coons are often greyer in appearance.
Elliot is the owner and lead writer at Lais Lairs. He is the proud owner of a Maine Coon/Siberian Mix cat named Lai. His oldest cat lived to be 18 years old so he’s learned a thing or two about keeping pets. When he’s not writing you can find him playing video games or playing fetch with Lai.