Maine Coon Mix

"Is My Cat A Maine Coon Mix?"


Are you wondering if your cat is a Maine Coon, or a Maine Coon mix?

cute fluffy gray and white maine coon mix kitten

Maybe you've been reading through articles about their characteristics, or maybe your cat has a personality quite different than any other you've known.

Are you wondering if your cat is a Maine Coon, or a Maine Coon mix?

Maybe you've been reading through articles about their characteristics, or maybe your cat has a personality quite different than any other you've known.

This kind of conversation harks back to the old days, generations ago, when big fluffy barn cats roamed free. They interbred, and then became beloved house cats.

And while devoted people were refining the breed, some of these cats still mingled with the general cat population to create random litters of Maine Coon mix kittens.




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Or, Maine Coon cats might have roamed free, reproducing at will. What we all need to realize is that this was many generations ago. Today, a mixed Maine Coon cat is not more likely than a mix of another breed. It's not a label given to all fluffy cats.


four different maine coon mix photos

So, how do you know? And, what are the chances that your cat is a Maine Coon mix? First, research the Maine Coon characteristics. They are pretty specific.

Second, learn about the Maine Coon personality. Then, visit our Maine Coon Cat Traits page for more discussion about Maine Coon mixes, and to see other cats who may be mixed.

Lastly, think about where mixed-breed cats come from. And, how could a "purebred" cat wind up without a pedigree or a family tree?

This is a popular, and very unique subject to this breed. How often do you hear someone wondering if their cat might be a Himalayan, or part Siamese, or maybe he's a Persian mix? Rarely!

Why is this? Because Maine Coons are a natural breed, and they did develop in the "wild," there is still a commonly held belief that the Maine Coon breed is still more, oh, how shall we say .... uncontrolled? They are perceived as still roaming around, spreading their genes to the general cat population now and again.

Of course, this is no longer the case! Back in the "old days," the very beginning, they did live in barns and reproduce at will, creating the breed that started it all.

For many, many generations now, this has been a fully recognized show cat, being bred to a standard by experienced breeders.

A Maine Coon mix will happen sometimes, just as a Golden Retriever mix will happen sometimes. That's why we have our sections on figuring if your cat is a Maine Coon mix, or if your rescue cat is a Maine Coon. It surely can happen!

But understand that they are not as prevalent as some think! There aren't "more" mixed Maine Coon out there than, say, Persian-mixes.

It's just easier to think a cat has some Coon in him because Coons don't look strikingly "different." A long haired domestic house cat can more easily be mistaken for a Maine Coon mix.


"So is my kitten a full Maine Coon? S/he seems to fit the bill."

fluffy brown and white maine coon kitten

The situation with kittens is different than with adults. If you get a kitten from a shelter, rescue group, or someone is just giving them away, how could he be a Maine Coon? Would a Persian kitten be given away for free? Not usually.

The kitten would need two purebred parents. Presumably, they would have pedigrees. If an experienced breeder produced the litter, they'd be for sale. The traditional route.

The only other way it would happen is if two full Maine Coon cats were not spayed/neutered, (unlikely I hope!) and got together either by accident or on purpose. The inexperienced owners then have a litter of Maine Coon kittens on their hands.

This scenario, as you can imagine, is unlikely. All owners of Maine Coon cats agree with their breeder to spay/neuter their kitten. They're able to afford their purebred kitten, so these owners are likely to follow through with the vet visits.

If someone who's not a breeder winds up with Maine Coons, would they then send these kittens off to the local shelter?


Why do breeders always sell with a spay/neuter agreement? They've spent years developing the genealogical lines of their kittens. They know which kittens are "show quality," "pet quality," and which ones have the potential to be bred. 

These may sometimes be sold with "breeding rights" to a trusted person. Someone who understands the breed standard, breed conformation, and how to breed to the standard.


A stronger possibility, if you think your kitten resembles a Maine Coon, is that he is a Maine Coon mix. Just one parent (or grandparent) was a purebred Maine Coon who didn't get spayed/neutered in time.

"What about my shelter cat? He looks just like a Maine Coon!"
He could be. This is more likely than with kittens. Unfortunately, many pets are abandoned, given away, or dropped off at the shelter every year.

This does include purebred cats.His pedigree may be lost, but that doesn't make him less of a Maine Coon. These cat do have a very distinctive look. If he's a Maine Coon cat, you probably won't need to ask.


Maine Coon Mix Cats and Kittens

If your cat or kitten is "different" enough from other cats you've owned to make you wonder, but doesn't look strikingly like a Maine Coon, he could be a Maine Coon mix.

Of course, without a pedigree or a family history, you can never be absolutely sure whether he's a Maine Coon or a Maine Coon mix. He'll always be a bit of a mystery. Just learn what you can, and then it's up to you as to how to introduce him to your guests!



brown tabby possible maine coon mix

This is Kush. His owner was asking if he may have some Coon in him. I can see why, can you?

Kush has his own page below, with more pictures and lots of info about him. Do you think he's part Coon?

Do you have a cat you've been wondering about? Go ahead and send in your photo, we'd be happy to check it out! This is the place to do it.





Note: "Where does a Maine Coon come from? What about kittens, feral cats, and shelter cats?"

One thing to understand is that all full Maine Coon cats are bred in a cattery by a breeder and then sold to their new owner. That's the only way a full Maine Coon is born.

That said, Maine Coons do occasionally end up in need of a new home. Their owners may become elderly, may move, or may just abandon them (as hard as that is for us to understand.)

That's how a full Maine Coon can end up in a shelter. But they still originated from a breeder. And they had a pedigree when they were born.

Please check out our sister article, Maine Coon Cat Traits if you suspect your cat is a Maine Coon.


Still not sure? There's only one more thing to do. Send in a photo, and share your cat with the world! Tell us about his or her personality, how he or she came to you, and what makes you think you may have a Coon.

And due to overwhelming response, we have an exciting announcement to make! Since so many folks want to find out if their cat is a Maine Coon Cat or Maine Coon mix, there is now an official E-Book in the works! It will give you the background, information, and knowledge to figure out for yourself if your cat is indeed a Maine Coon!

So before you go, make sure to sign up for Tattle Tails, our free newsletter. You will be one of the very first to know when our E-Book launches. And I promise your email address is completely secure. Our visitors are valued, we would never give out your email address!

So leave a photo for other Maine Coon lovers to check out, and while you are here, make sure to comment on the photos of others!


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Wondering If You Have a Maine Coon?

Have you been wondering if your cat or kitten "has some Coon in him?" Tell us about your cat, share a picture, and see what others think. What makes you think he might be a Maine Coon or Maine Coon Mix?

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Hank, Nora, Roscoe & Friends 
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Hoss 
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Presley 
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Gilda 
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Meet Joshua! 
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My Sweet Girl 
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Charlie Bear 
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Bullwinkle (maybe a Coon cat?) 
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Minkx & Lucy 
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Capone The Coon? 
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Just By Chance, My Pookie 
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Is Fluffy A Maine Coon Or A Mix? 
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Are My Cats Maine Coon Mixes? 
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Maine Coons Rule!
(But Ragdolls are pretty cool too...)
 
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Maddie, Mininu & Friends 
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Will he ever let us pet him? Maine Coon mix? 
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Introducing Our Barn Cat Rescue Who Has Many Coon Traits  
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Mystery Kittens 
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Is Stella a Maine Coon (mix)? 
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Tigger, Huey Lewis, Finn & Friends 
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Maine Coon Or Siberian Mix? 
I just adopted my third kitten "Bonnie"(the more the merrier)! And well she is about almost 6 weeks old and is simply irresistible, she is such a fur …

Maine Coon Miracle Update April 2011 
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KC & Frapple 
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Was He A Maine Coon? 
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Sammie - Maine Coon Mix or Not 
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Jackson 
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Thomas - part Maine Coon? 
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Lily has Maine Coon character traits  
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Harley, Hammingway, Fluffy & Friends 
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Sweet Audrey 
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Maybe She's A Maine Coon Mix? 
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Chi 
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Chico 
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Chicken...Maine coon mix? =]8 
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Does my kitty have some "coon" in her? 
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I think my cat is a Maine Coon 
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Dahloan 
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jai trouver un chat l'hiver dernier et je suis presque sur que c'est un maine coon  
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Take a look at my "Little Kitty" and see what you think.... 
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Would you say this cat has some Maine Coon in him? 
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My Cat TJ 
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Rita Mamacita (3 extra toes) 
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Could he be mix? 
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Yuri possible Maine Coon Mix 
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Kit Kat 
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Freddie 
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Darwin! 
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Meet Mozart! (Main Coon?) 
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Alice 
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Trying to figure out if my cat is Maine Coon or not 
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I think my cat is a Maine Coon mix? 
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Annabelle (Annie for Short) Perhaps She is a Maine Coon Mix? 
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My cat was born feral, but i think she may have some Maine Coon in her? 
She's about 2 years old, roughly 2 1/5 feet long, and approximately a foot and a half tall, she weighs 16.7 pounds. Is shy, but very lovable. loves …

My Cat Fire 
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Fluffmodius: Maine Coon Mix? 
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Do we have a maine coon? 
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Mittens 
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Rudy the Maine Coon 
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Is Mr. Bigglesworth a full or mix Maine Coon? 
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Emmett And His Black Smoky Coat 
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Kush 
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Is My Cat Part Maine Coon? 
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My cat Basil seems a lot like a Coon! 
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Honey Not rated yet
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Bonnie, Heidi & Chloe Not rated yet
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Sara Not rated yet
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Otis loves being around his family. He loves to bring home lizards, mice and birds. His best friend is a dog.

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Miggy, Willow, Jose & Friends Not rated yet
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Lukas, Max, Ruby & Friends Not rated yet
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Patti Not rated yet
Is my girl a Maine Coon mix? Hello, this is Patti. I got her from a Sanctuary at 6 months old. She'd been found wandering the streets and there didn't …

Pita, Meowgi, Angus & Friends Not rated yet
He appeared at the back door, about four months old, sick and hungry. I had no intention of keeping him since I had two older cats already. After he …

Theodore Not rated yet
November of 2016 I adopted a then 4 year old cat from our local shelter. I had seen him online 2 months before but wasn't sure I was ready. My mom …

Abigail Not rated yet
This is Abigail. She is now 17 years old. She was found at a construction site alone at about 2 weeks old. We bottle fed her and had no idea until …

Jet & Stripe Not rated yet
Strippers and Jet are almost a year old. We have had them since they were 13 weeks old, per the local shelter we rescued them from. Strippers is …

Our Fur Baby Rocky Not rated yet
I have grown up around cats all my life. I was the little girl who rescued every stray she ever found and begged mom and dad to let her keep it. I …

Maybe Maine Girl Not rated yet
I bought my darling off Sales website Gumtree thinking she was nothing more than a standard house cat. She was given to us at a very young age, I was …

SnuggleBunny Not rated yet
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Can You Tell If My Cat Is Part Maine Coon  Not rated yet
OK, my cat is not common at all. She's a grey with a red-brown that you can only see in the light when she sits in a window; otherwise she's just a darkish …

Riley The Clown Not rated yet
Riley was adopted at the animal shelter, his siblings were all white and he had one all black brother. He is the only one with stripes. The mother was …

Tullie and Friends Not rated yet
Tullie came to us, or rather, we found her hiding under one of our windows. She appeared to be abandoned...we went door-to-door, posted fliers, contacted …

Is my cat Oprah a Maine Coon? Not rated yet
This is my cat Oprah. I adopted her from an animal shelter when she was 3 months old in July 2010. The volunteer told me she was a Maine Coon but then …

Diego Not rated yet
Diego came to me as a baby of a stray cat that had showed up at my sister-in-law. His litter mates all have the long hair, big tails, tufts coming out …

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