Brown Maine Coon: Complete Guide

While running with my friends, a huge cat suddenly caught our attention. It was a massive cat with an elongated body and a bushy tail. Out of our curiosity, we approached the owner and asked about her feline friend. It turns out she’s a female Black Maine Coon named Sushi. 

It was that brief encounter with Sushi that sparked my interest in the largest domesticated cat in the world. I also found out that it has a dog-like demeanor making it one of the most well-loved breeds across the globe. 

So, today, I want to share with you some valuable information about Maine Coons which includes their history, behavior, temperament, and health issues. One of the fascinating discoveries you will learn is that some Maine Coons are born with short hair. For now, let’s start with a breed overview of the Brown Maine Coon. 

Brown Maine Coon: Breed overview

Brown Main Coon
Brown Maine Coon cat laying on the patio
Other namesBrown Coonie 
Weight 10 – 25 pounds 
Height8 – 16 inches 
Coat ColorsBrown, Black, White, Red 
Child FriendlinessHigh
Feline FriendlinessHigh
Training DifficultyEasy
Grooming UpkeepHigh
Exercise NeedsModerate 
Lifespan13 – 14 years 
Kitten Cost$800 – $2,000

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Can Maine Coon cats be Brown?

Maine Coon cat Brown
Brown Main Coon sitting in the living room on a sunny afternoon

Yes, Maine Coon cats can be brown. In fact, brown is one of the most common colors of the Maine Coon.

Are there Brown Maine Coon cats?

Yes, there are Brown Maine Coon cats and they can be found with or without patterns.

What is a Brown Maine Coon?

Brown Maine Coons have a coppery brown base color and they typically come in a tabby pattern.

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Are Brown Maine Coons rare?

No, Brown Maine Coons with a brown tabby pattern are very common. It is the Solid Brown Maine Coon that can be considered rare. This is because the pure brown color is controlled by a recessive gene that encodes for Black Brown.

Maine Coon Brown history

One of the many stories surrounding the Maine Coon is that they were a cross between cats and raccoons due to their big size and thick tails. But, this is just a myth. Scientifically speaking, this would be impossible. 

Maine Coons are believed to have descended from Norwegian Forest Cats that were brought to New England by European settlers. These cats naturally bred with the local cat population that eventually created the Maine Coon. 

The Maine Coon population in the United States declined during the first half of the 20th century when new exotic cats were introduced in the market. It was only in the 1970s that their popularity was regained thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts. 

In 1976, the breed was recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). And, in 1985, the breed was named the official cat of the state of Maine. 

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Brown Maine Coon cat genetics

The color brown in Maine Coons is due to the browning gene that produces eumelanin. The dominant form of this gene produces the black color, while the recessive one produces either chocolate or cinnamon.

Another gene that is responsible for the common tabby pattern in Maine Coons is the agouti gene. The dominant form of this gene produces black banding on the coat with orange or reddish brown.

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Brown Main Coon physical appearance

The Brown Main Coon has a large, rectangular, muscular physique. The coat is long and it is thick and somewhat shaggy in appearance. The head is medium in width with high cheekbones and square muzzles.

The ears are pointed with a tuft that grows from the inside of the ears.

The eyes are oval in shape that obliquely slants towards the base of the ears.

One common physical characteristic among Maine Coons is the presence of extra toes or polydactyly. It is usually found on the front paws making it appear wider than average.

Various Maine Coon cat Brown colors and patterns

The tabby pattern in Maine Coon cat Brown can be divided into 5 types, namely, the classic, mackerel, spotted, ticked, and patched.

1. Brown classic Maine Coon

A Brown classic Maine Coon has a tabby pattern that consists of wide, swirling patterns on the back and side that forms the shape of a bullseye.

2. Brown mackerel Maine Coon

Maine Coon Brown mackerel has thin tabby patterns that run in unbroken stripes along the side of the body which is evenly spaced.

3. Brown spotted Maine Coon

Instead of stripes, the tabby pattern is in spots that could be small in shape or elongated.

4. Brown ticked Maine Coon

A Brown ticked Maine Coon shows no visible striping on the body coat with the individual strands having light and dark bands making it appear sandy. The striping is found only on the face and legs.

5. Brown patched Maine Coon

Aside from the black and brown striping, there are patches of red scattered throughout the coat of a Brown patched Maine Coon. 

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Brown tabby Maine Coon

Maine Coon Brown tabby
Brown tabby Maine Coon kitten laying on the living room floor

Maine Coon Brown tabby or Maine Coon cat Brown tabby has a coppery brown base color with dense black markings. The back of the leg of a Brown tabby Maine Coon cat or Maine Coon tabby Brown is also black from the paws to the heel.

Brown tabby Maine Coon mix or Maine Coon Brown tabby mix can have nose leather and paw pads that are black or brown. White trim around the edges of the lips and chin may also be present in a tabby Brown Maine Coon.

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Brown tabby Maine Coon kittens are born with blue eyes. Around 6 to 8 weeks, the eye color of a Brown tabby Maine Coon kitten will change into either green, gold, or gold green.

Brown classic tabby Maine Coon

Classic Brown tabby Maine Coon has wide black bands on a coppery brown base color.

Brown mackerel tabby Maine Coon

Maine Coon Brown mackerel tabby presents with thin stripes of black and copper brown on the coat.

Brown patched tabby Maine Coon

Also known as the torbie pattern, there is a combination of the striped tabby pattern together with some patches of red on the coat.

Brown ticked tabby Maine Coon

Maine Coon Brown ticked tabby presents with no visible striping on the body coat. The tabby pattern is evident on the legs and faces only.

Brown blotched tabby Maine Coon

Maine Coon Brown blotched tabby is similar to the Brown Tabby Classic Maine Coon. Maine Coon Brown tabby blotched has wide, swirling stripe patterns that run along the side of the body and form a shape of a bullseye.

Brown tabby and white Maine Coon

Brown tabby with white Maine Coon has a coppery brown base color with black markings. Maine Coon Brown tabby with white has additional white markings on the chest, tummy, and paws. White markings on the face may be present or not.

Brown classic tabby with white Maine Coon

Maine Coon Brown classic tabby white presents with wide bands of black on a coppery brown base coat. There are additional white markings on the chest, tummy, and paws.

Black Brown tabby Maine Coon

The coat of a Black Brown tabby Maine Coon has black banding on a brown base coat.

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Brown and white Maine Coon

Brown and white Maine Coon cat or Maine Coon Brown and white has a mixture of brown and white on the coat with or without white markings on the face. The white markings in a white and Brown Maine Coon are found on the chest, tummy, and paws.

Maine Coon black and Brown

Maine Coon cat black and Brown or a Brown black Maine Coon has a black base coat with patches of brown on the coat. The brown patch is typically found on the back and around the neck of a Brown and black Maine Coon or a black and Brown Maine Coon.

A black and Brown Maine Coon cat or Maine Coon black Brown presents with a black leather nose and paw pads. The eye color of a black Brown Maine Coon can be green, gold, or gold green.

Brown smoke Maine Coon

The tips of the hair of  Brown Smoke Maine Coon is color brown while the root or the shaft is color white. 

Brown torbie Maine Coon

Coat has a striped pattern of brown and black with patches of red.

Brown Tortie Maine Coon

Maine Coon Brown Tortie has a coppery brown base coat with patches of red intermingled. 

Brown Tortie Maine Coon can have additional tabby patterns on top of the Tortie pattern. Maine Coon Brown Tortie blotched tabby has wide, swirling bands of black on a brown base coat with red patches intermingled. 

Maine Coon Brown Tortie mackerel tabby has thin black striping on a brown base coat with red patches intermingled.

Chocolate Brown Maine Coon

The coat of a chocolate Brown Maine Coon has a tabby pattern of light and dark brown stripes.

Dark Brown Maine Coon cat

Maine Coon dark Brown or dark Brown Maine Coon has an all-brown coat from roots to tips without any visible patterns.

Solid Brown Maine Coon

All Brown Maine Coon is similar to the Dark Brown Maine Coon which has a brown coat with no visible patterns.

Light Brown Maine Coon

A light Brown Maine Coon has a light cinnamon color from the roots to the tips.

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Maine Coon Brown cat size, height, and weight

Maine Coons, which includes the Maine Coon Brown variation, are large domesticated cats that can reach a length of 40 inches from nose to tail tip upon maturity.

The males are typically more muscular and heavier than the females.

GenderHeight Weight 
Male 10 – 15 inches 12 – 18 pounds 
Female 8 – 12 inches 6 – 12 pounds

Maine Coon Brown personality and temperament

Maine Coons, including the Maine Coon Brown, are known for their laidback and gentle personality. They are affectionate and love the company of their family without being too clingy.

Are Brown Maine Coon cats good family cats?

Yes, Brown Maine Coon cats are great for families, especially those with kids and other pets because they are very tolerant and can adapt well to any situation. They are not aggressive and are usually placid in nature.

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Are Brown Maine Coons outdoor or indoor cats?

Brown Maine Coons can be both outdoor and indoor cats since they are known to be great mousers. However, most owners prefer keeping them indoors to prevent theft due to their high price.

Do Main Coon Brown love water?

Main Coon Browns have a water-resistant coat making them less fearful of water. They still dread being soaked in water. However, they can be playful in shallow puddles and likes to drink from faucets.

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Brown Maine Coon cat training

Brown Maine Coon cats can be easily trained because of their intelligent and inquisitive nature.

You’ll want to use positive reinforcement techniques like giving your fuzzy friends cat treats as rewards or petting them on the back for a job well done. 

Brown Main Coon exercise requirement

Brown Main Coons only requires around 20 to 30 minutes of exercise daily. You can split the sessions into two with one in the morning and another in the late afternoon when they are most active. 

A good exercise includes a walk around the neighborhood or a game of laser pointer wherein their hunting instincts are stimulated.

Another excellent exercise option for your Brown Maine Coon is incorporating a cat tree with a scratching post into their daily routine.

A cat tree with a scratching post not only offers an excellent source of physical activity as they climb and play but also promotes mental stimulation. Both will help satisfy your Maine Coon’s natural instincts to scratch and mark their territory.

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Maine Coon cat Brown grooming and cleaning

The grooming process for a long-haired cat is more tedious compared to cats with short hair. So, for this section, I want to introduce you to the proper way of grooming and cleaning your Maine Coon cat Brown. 

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There are optimal brushes and combs needed to keep the coat mat-free and shiny. Below is an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide on how to maintain your cat’s long and thick coat.

  • If the coat of your cat is heavily matted, use detangling spray products to soften stubborn mats. 
  • Then use a wide-toothed comb which is very useful to smoothen out tangles and to remove dead hair. 
  • Next is to use de-shedding tools such as a slicker brush or a comb like a FURminator to take care of the undercoat. These tools are specifically made to reach down into your cat’s dense coat to remove dead and loose hair more effectively. 
  • Once you’ve taken care of the mats and tangles, you can use a fine-toothed comb or a soft-bristled brush to distribute the natural oil all over the body. 


Cats spend a lot of their waking hours cleaning themselves by using their tongues. A cat’s tongue is composed of tiny and rough particles that can thoroughly clean the skin and coat. That said, bathing your feline friend shouldn’t be done as frequently as brushing the coat. 

If your cat begins to smell or he comes in contact with slimy or sticky substances such as tree saps, then it’s time for a nice bath. Use a cat shampoo made with natural and organic ingredients to make the coat clean and smell fresh. 

Now if you suspect that he’s been infested with fleas, you can use a gentle anti-flea shampoo to control the infestation. 

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Teeth Brushing

Regular teeth brushing prevents the formation of plaques and tartar. We recommend the use of either a slim toothbrush for cats or a finger toothbrush so you can easily reach the edges of the mouth. Use an enzymatic toothpaste because this is safe even when swallowed. 

Nail Trimming

Your cat’s nails need regular attention to prevent damaging your upholstery and from scratching your skin. Use a cat nail clipper to cut off the tip of the nails. Be sure not to cut the quick because it can lead to bleeding. Then use a nail grinder to smooth out the sharp edges of the nails. 

Ear/Eye Cleaning

The best way to avoid eye and ear infections is by cleaning those areas. All you need is moist cotton balls or gauze to wipe off the eyes and remove excessive ear wax. 

Grooming Needs Grooming Frequency 
Brushing 4x weekly
Bathing 1x monthly 
Teeth Brushing 3x weekly
Nail Trimming 2x monthly 
Eye/Ear Care Check weekly 

Brown Maine Coon food and diet

A high-protein diet is best for an obligate carnivore like a Brown Maine Coon. Cats have very little need for fruits, vegetables, and grains because their digestive system is not designed to process those food groups. 

Our veterinarian recommends wet or canned food for its higher moisture content. If you prefer, you can also mix canned with high-quality cat food. 

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Brown Maine Coon health issues

While Brown Maine Coons are healthy, they are still vulnerable to inherit the health problems of their parents. This is the main reason why ethical breeders are conscious about DNA tests and only breed those that are tested negative against the following:

1. Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

This is a genetic condition wherein the affected cats are born with small cysts on their kidneys. These cysts continue to grow and will later lead to renal failure. 

2. Hip Dysplasia

An orthopedic problem wherein the ball and the socket that are parts of the hip joint fail to grow in unison. 

3. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

A congenital heart disease that causes the thickening of the left ventricle. This is a progressive disease that causes congestive heart failure and low body temperature. 

4. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

A genetic disease that is brought about by the degeneration of neurons in the lower spinal cord. 

Brown Maine Coon lifespan

A Brown Maine Coon has an average life expectancy of around 13 to 14 years

Brown Maine Coon breeders

One of the important documents to ask from a breeder is the DNA test result of the breeding parents. You want to see negative test results for health issues such as PKD and HCM. As we’ve discussed earlier, these two (2) diseases are passed on to the offspring. 

Next, the breeder should be affiliated with cat organizations such as TICA and CFA. Breeders that are affiliated with such cat organizations are expected to obey all the safe breeding procedures so as to produce quality kittens. 

Brown Maine Coon price

Be prepared to shell out an average of $800 to $2,000 for a Brown Maine Coon. But, if you’re on a budget, feel free to check out adoption centers. At many adoption centers, the chances of getting a kitten or an adult cat at a cheaper price is high. 

Brown Maine Coon kittens

One of the factors to decide on before buying a Brown Maine Coon kitten is whether to get a male or a female Maine Coon kitten Brown. 

While both genders are undoubtedly friendly and not aggressive, it’s important to note that male kittens tend to be more sociable. Thus, you’ll notice that the male Maine Coon kitten Brown may crave more attention than the female Maine Coon kitten Brown. 

Additionally, medical researchers have reported that male cats are more vulnerable to inheriting HCM than females. 

Places to find Brown Maine Coon kittens for sale

Have you fallen in love with the breed and are now searching for brown Maine Coon kittens or Brown tabby Maine Coon kittens for sale? You can check out these three (3) ethical breeders below:

Brown Maine Coon kittens for sale USA

If you’re in Michigan or live near Adrian, Michigan, feel free to check out Fluffy Giants Cattery ( in Michigan. They are registered with The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), The International Cat Association (TICA), and American Cat Fanciers Association.

The prices of the kittens are between $2,600 and $3,400. The kittens come with health guarantees and insurance documents. 

Brown Maine Coon kittens for sale UK

If you’re in the UK or live near Colchester Essex UK, you can explore the website of Lowescoons Maine Coons ( where you can find kittens that are free of HCM, PKD, and SMA. 

Brown Maine Coon kittens for sale Canada

For anyone who lives in Canada, you can reach out to Miss Maine Coon ( for available Brown Maine Coons for sale. 

Brown Maine Coon: Pros and Cons

While caring for a Maine Coon is such a joy, there are also minor downsides as shown in the table below. 

Pros Cons 
Warm personalityRequires frequent brushing
Loves the company of other house petsNot hypoallergenic
Docile and sweet-naturedSheds its coat year-round
Very trainableHas a problem dealing with solitude
Can walk on collar and leashHigh expenses for food
Loves to play with childrenTendency to mess with their poops

Is the Brown Maine Coon right for me?

Do you have the patience to brush the long coat of a Brown Maine Coon? Do you work from home? If not, is there a family member who is always available to keep your Brown Maine Coon company? If you said yes to all these questions, then a Brown Maine Coon is right for you. 

A Brown Maine Coon is a kind-hearted furry companion that can get along well with people of all ages and with other pets, too. That said, a Brown Maine Coon will be a great addition to any family. 

Related Questions

What type of Maine Coon has black and Brown stripes?

A Maine Coon with black and brown stripes is a Maine Coon with tabby patterns.

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