Colour

Colour Variants, there are many variants within the colour selection below, if you click on the link below, it will take you to the New Zealand Maine Coon Breed Standard… Sometimes making a diagnosis for a kitten colour can prove quite difficult, if you read below, you will identify why:)

*NZCF Breed Standard

White trim around the chin and lip line allowed except in solid color cats.

 

Accepted Colours:

 

Eyes

Blue Eyed, White Amber Eyed, White Green Eyed, White Odd Eyed, White Blue Eyed…

 

Pattern & Colour Types

Black Cream Red Tabby, Blue Tabby, Cream Tabby, Red Tabby, Brown Tabby

Silver Tabby, Blue Silver Tabby, Golden Tabby, Cameo Tabby, Cream Cameo Tabby

Mackerel Tabby – Same colors as Classic Tabby

Blue Patched Tabby, Blue Silver Patched Tabby, Brown Patched Tabby, Silver Patched Tabby, Golden Patched Tabby

Patched McTabby – Same colors as Patched Classic Tabby

Blue Cream Tortoiseshell

Blue Smoke

Black Smoke, Smoke Cameo, Cream Smoke Cameo, Golden Smoke, Blue Cream Smoke

Black Smoke Tortoiseshell, Golden Smoke Tortoiseshell

Chinchilla, Blue Chinchilla, Golden Chinchilla, Blue Cream Chinchilla

Chinchilla Tortoiseshell, Golden Chinchilla Tortoiseshell

Shell Cameo, Cream Shell Cameo

Shaded Silver, Blue Shaded, Shaded Cameo, Cream Shaded Cameo, Golden Shaded, Blue Cream Shaded

Shaded Silver Tortoiseshell, Golden Shaded Tortoiseshell

Any recognized Maine Coon Cat color/pattern with White is acceptable.

Pattern & Colour Descriptions

Solid Colors,

 White,

Pure clear white. Eyes blue, green, amber or odd eyed with equal color depth. Nose leather and paw pads pink.

Blue,

One level shade of blue, lighter shades preferred; free from shading, markings or ticking and sound to the roots. Nose leather and paw pads blue. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Black,

Lustrous jet black, with sound color from roots to tip of fur. Nose leather and paw pads black or charcoal. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Cream,

One level shade of cream, lighter shades preferred; free from shading, markings, or ticking and sound to the roots. Nose leather and paw pads pink. Eye shades of green, gold or amber.

Red,

Deep rich red, free from shading, markings or ticking, and sound to the roots. Nose leather and paw pads brick red. Eye shades of green, gold or amber.

Tabby Patterns

Classic Tabby Pattern,

Markings dense, clearly defined and broad, showing good contrast between the pale ground color and the deep, heavy markings. Legs evenly barred with bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail evenly ringed. At least one unbroken necklace on neck or upper chest. Frown marks on the forehead extending between the ears and down the neck to meet the ‘butterfly’ on the shoulders. An unbroken line runs back from the outer corner of the eye. Swirls on cheeks. Back markings consist of a vertical line down the spine from the butterfly to tail with a vertical stripe paralleling it on each side. The three stripes are well separated by stripes of the ground color. The dark swirls on the sides of the body shall be centered by a dark blotch surrounded by ground color. The underside of the body should have a double row of vertical buttons in the color of the dense markings.

Mc Tabby Pattern,

Markings dense, clearly defined and all narrow penciling showing good contrast between the pale ground color and the dense markings. Legs evenly barred with bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail evenly ringed. At least one unbroken necklace on neck or upper chest. Frown marks on the forehead extending between the ears and down the neck to meet the shoulders. An unbroken line runs back from the outer corner of the eye to the ear. There are three distinct spine lines but they are all very narrow and often meld into what looks like one wide stripe without fault. Narrow penciling lines in the dense marking color runs around the body in vertical fashion in the unbroken lines. The underside of the body should have a double row of vertical buttons in the color of the dense markings.

Patched Tabby Pattern,

Markings to conform to either the Classic Tabby or Mackerel Tabby pattern. The Patched Tabby is an established blue, brown, silver, blue silver or golden tabby with patches of red and/or cream.

Tabby Colours,

Blue Tabby: The ground colour should be pale bluish ivory. Markings are very deep blue, providing good contrast to the lighter ground colour. Warm fawn patina over the whole. Nose leather and paw pads rose. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Blue Silver Tabby,

The ground colour should be pure, clear silver. Markings are deep blue, affording good contrast to the light ground color. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat colors.

Red Tabby,

The ground colour should be red. Markings a dense, darker red providing good contrast with the lighter red ground color. Nose leather and paw pads brick red. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Cream Tabby,

The ground colour should be very pale cream. Markings of cream are sufficiently darker than the ground color to provide good contrast, but remain within the dilute color range. Nose leather and paw pads pink. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Brown Tabby,

The ground colour should be a rich, tawny brown. Markings dense black. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads slate or black. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Silver Tabby,

The ground colour should be pale, pure silver. Markings dense black. Rims of eyes, nose and lips outlined in black. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads black. Eyes shades of green, bold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Golden Tabby,

The ground colour should be rich warm gold to apricot, apricot preferred. Markings dark brown to black. Rims of eyes and nose outlined with dark brown or black. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads dark brown or black. Clarity of markings takes precedence over depth of tipping. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Cameo Tabby,

The ground colour should be pale ivory. Markings are red, diminishing in intensity of color approaching the roots of the hairs. Clarity of markings takes precedence over depth of tipping. Nose leather and paw pads rose. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Cream Cameo Tabby,

The ground colour should be pale ivory. Markings are cream diminishing in intensity of color approaching the roots of the hairs. Clarity of markings takes precedence over depth of tipping. Nose leather and paw pads pink. Eyes shades of green, gold, or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Blue Patched Tabby,

The ground colour should be pale bluish ivory. Markings a very deep blue providing good contrast with the pale ground color. Patches of cream clearly defined on both body and extremities. Cream markings on the face are desirable. Warm fawn overtones or patina over the whole. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat colors. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Blue Silver Patched Tabby,

The ground colour should be pure, clear silver. Markings deep blue, providing good contrast with the pale ground color. Patches of red and/or cream clearly defined on both body and extremities. Red and/or cream markings on the face are desirable. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat colors. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Brown Patched Tabby,

The ground colour should be rich, tawny brown. Markings of dense black with patches of red and/or cream clearly defined on both body and extremities. Markings of red and/or cream on the face are desirable. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat colors. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Silver Patched Tabby,

The ground colour is pure pale silver. Markings dense black. Patches of red and/or cream clearly defined on both body and extremities. Markings of red and/or cream on the face are desirable. Rims of eyes, nose and lips are outlined in black. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat colors. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Golden Patched Tabby,

The ground colour should be rich warm gold to apricot, apricot preferred. Markings dark brown to black. Patches of red and/or cream clearly defined on both body and extremities. Markings of red and/or cream on the face are desirable. Rims of eyes, nose and lips outlined in dark brown or black. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads dark brown or black. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat colors. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber. White lip/chin trim allowed.

Tortoiseshell Colours,

Blue Cream,

Blue and cream, lighter shades preferred, clearly visible on both body and extremities. Patching or brindling equally acceptable. Cream markings on the face are desirable. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat colors. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Tortoiseshell,

Black, red and/or cream clearly visible on both body and extremities. Patching or brindling equally acceptable. Red and/or cream markings on the face are desirable. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat colors. Eye shades of green, gold or amber.

Smoke Colours,

Blue Smoke,

White undercoat deeply tipped with blue. Cat in repose appears blue. In motion the white undercoat is apparent. Extremities and face blue with narrow band of white at base of hair next to the skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. White ruff and ear tufts. Nose leather and paw pads blue. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Black Smoke,

White undercoat deeply tipped with black. Cat in repose appears black. In motion, the white undercoat is apparent. Extremities and face black and narrow band of white at base of hair next to the skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. White ruff and ear tufts. Nose leather and paw pads black. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Smoke Cameo,

White undercoat deeply tipped with red. Cat in repose appears red. In motion, the white undercoat is apparent. Extremities and face red with narrow band of white at base of hair next to the skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. White ruff and ear tufts. Nose leather and paw pads rose. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Cream Smoke Cameo,

White undercoat deeply tipped with cream. Cat in repose appears cream. In motion the white undercoat is apparent. Extremities and face cream with narrow band of white at base of hair next to the skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. White ruff and ear tufts. Nose leather and paw pads pink. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Golden Smoke,

Rich warm gold to apricot undercoat, apricot preferred, deeply tipped with black. Cat in repose appears black. In motion, the golden undercoat is apparent. Extremities and face black with narrow band of golden at base of hair next to the skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. Golden ruff and ear tufts. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads dark brown or black. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Blue Cream Smoke,

White undercoat deeply tipped with blue and cream which are clearly visible on both body and extremities. Cat in repose appears blue cream. In motion, the white undercoat is apparent. Extremities and face blue cream with narrow band of white at base of hair next to the skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. White ruff and ear tufts. Cream markings on the face are desirable. Patching or brindling equally acceptable. Nose leather an paw pads to conform to requirements for coat color. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Black Smoke Tortoiseshell,

White undercoat deeply tipped with black, red and/or cream which are clearly visible on both body and extremities. Cat in repose appears tortoiseshell. In motion, the white undercoat is apparent. Extremities and face black, red and/or cream with narrow band of white at base of hair next to the skin which may be seen only when fur is parted. White ruff and ear tufts. Red and/or cream markings on the face are desirable. Patching or brindling equally acceptable. Nose leather and paw pads to conform to requirements for coat color. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Shaded Colours,
Chinchilla,

Undercoat a pale silver or silvery white. The coat on back, flanks, head and tail sufficiently tipped with jet black to give the characteristic sparkling silver appearance. The legs and feet may be slightly shaded with tipping, but the chin, ear tufts, stomach and chest should be silvery white with no tipping. Rims of eyes, lips and nose leather outlined in black. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads black or dark charcoal. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Shaded Silver,

Undercoat is pale silver or silvery white. A mantle of black tipping shades gradually down the sides, face and tail, from dark on the ridge to silvery white on the chin, chest, belly and under the tail. The legs to be the same tone as the face. The general effect is much darker than a chinchilla. Rims of eyes, nose leather and lips outlined in black. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads black or dark charcoal. Eye shades of green, gold or amber.

Shell Cameo,

Undercoat is ivory white. The coat on back, flanks, head and tail should be sufficiently tipped with red to give the characteristic sparkling appearance. The legs and face may be very slightly shaded with tipping, but the ear tufts, stomach and chest should be ivory white with no tipping. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads pink. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Cream Shell Cameo,

Undercoat is ivory white. The coat on back, flanks, head and tail should be sufficiently tipped with cream to give the characteristic sparkling appearance. The legs and face may be very slightly shaded with tipping, but the ear tufts, stomach and chest should be ivory white with no tipping. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads pink. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Shaded Cameo,

Undercoat is ivory white. A mantle of red tipping shades gradually down the sides, face and tail, from dark on the ridge to ivory white on the chin, chest, belly and under the tail. The legs to be the same tone as the face. The general effect is much darker than a shell. Nose leather, rims of eyes and paw pads pink. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Cream Cameo,

Undercoat is ivory white. A mantle of cream tipping shades gradually down the sides, face and tail, from dark on the ridge to ivory white on chin, chest, belly and under the tail. The legs to be the same tone as the face. The general effect is much darker than a shell. Nose leather, rings of eyes and paw pads pink. Eyes shades of green, gold, or amber.

Golden Chinchilla,

Undercoat should be rich, warm gold to apricot, apricot preferred. The coat on back, flanks, head and tail should be sufficiently tipped with dark brown to black to give the characteristic sparkling appearance. The legs and face may be slightly shaded with tipping, but ear tufts, stomach and chest should be cream to apricot with no tipping. Rims of eyes, lips and nose outlined in dark brown to black. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads dark brown to black. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Golden Shaded,

The undercoat should be rich warm gold to apricot, apricot preferred. A mantle of dark brown to black tipping shades gradually down the sides, face and tail, from dark on the ridge to golden on the chest, belly and under the tail. The legs to be the same tone as the face. The general effect is much darker than a shell. Nose leather brick red. Paw pads dark brown to black. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Blue Cream Shaded,

Undercoat is silvery white with blue and cream tipping well distributed and clearly visible on both body and extremities. The depth of tipping may range from shell to shaded with evenness of tipping taking precedence over depth. Cream markings on the face are desirable. Patching or brindling equally acceptable. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Shaded Silver Tortie,

White undercoat with black, red and/or cream tipping clearly visible on both body and extremities. The depth of tipping may range from shell to shaded with evenness to tipping taking precedence over depth. Cream or red markings on the face are desirable. Patching or brindling equally acceptable. Nose leather and paw pads black and/or pink. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

Whites,

Are cats which combine any of the recognized colors/patterns of the breed with white in a pattern that is pleasing to the eye. Having 1/4 white is desirable, but not mandatory. All colours should be judged according to the listed colour descriptions preceding. White lip/chin trim is allowed. Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.