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Colors and Patterns


Maine Coons come in a wide variety of Colors:





- Solids :

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

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Black :
Dense coal black, sound from roots to tip of fur. Free from any tinge of rust on tips or smoke undercoat.
Nose leather: black.
Paw pads: black or brown.
Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

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

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Red :
Deep, rich, clear, brilliant red; without shading, markings, or ticking. Lips and chin the same color as coat.
Nose leather and paw pads: brick red.
Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

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Cream :
One level shade of buff cream, without markings. Sound to the roots.
Nose leather and paw pads: pink.
Eyes shades of green, gold or amber.

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- Torbies and Torties :

Torbies and torties are by definition always girls, because of the way the red color is inherited on the "X" chromosome only. Because girls have two "X" chromosomes, one can carry the red color, and the other carries the brown or blue color. The term "torbie" refers to a cat that has the basic tabby markings, interspersed with patches of reddish color. You can have brown torbies and blue cream torbies. "Torties" (also known as tortoiseshells or true calico cats) are cats that are solid, and therefore have genes that mask the tabby markings. They also have the patches of dark color interspersed with patches of red. A Torbie is similar to a Tortie, but it has stripes of color instead of patches.

Tortoiseshell :
A "tortoiseshell" or "tortie" is randomly patched all over with red, black, and cream. 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. Even just a small patch of red and/or cream on the cat, or if the cat has mottled black and cream paw pads, will make the cat a tortoiseshsell, not a black.

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Blue cream :
White undercoat, deeply tipped with blue, with clearly defined patches of cream as in the pattern of the bluecream. Cat in repose appears blue-cream. In motion, the white undercoat is clearly apparent. Face and ears blue-cream pattern with narrow band of white at the base of the hairs next to the skin which may be seen only when the fur is parted. White ruff and ear tufts. Blaze of cream on face is desirable.

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- Tabby Patterns :

If your cat has stripes, it is a "tabby." (Some people call these "tiger cats.") All tabbies have thin pencil lines on the face, expressive markings around the eyes, and a tabby "M" on the forehead. If you look up close at the light parts of a tabby's coat, you will see that the individual hairs are striped with alternating light and dark bands, like the fur of a rabbit or a squirrel. This banding is called "agouti." Tabby is thought to be the "wild type" (the original color) of domesticated cats.

There are four different tabby patterns:
- ticked tabby
- mackerel tabby
- spotted tabby
- blotched tabby

Tabby

Ticked tabby :
The Ticked tabby pattern produces agouti hairs, hairs with distinct bands of color on them, breaking up the tabby patterning into a salt-and-pepper appearance. Residual ghost striping or "barring" can often be seen on the lower legs, face and belly and sometimes at the tail tip.

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Mackerel tabby :
Markings dense, clearly defined, and all narrow pencillings. Legs evenly barred with narrow bracelets coming up to meet the body markings. Tail barred. Necklaces on neck and chest distinct, like so many chains. Head barred with an “M” on the forehead. Unbroken lines running back from the eyes. Lines running down the head to meet the shoulders. Spine lines run together to form a narrow saddle. Narrow pencillings run around body.

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Spotted tabby :
The Spotted tabby is a modifier that breaks up the Mackerel tabby pattern so that the stripes appear as spots. Similarly, the stripes of the Blotched tabby pattern may be broken into larger spots. Both large spot and small spot patterns can be seen in the Maine Coon.

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Blotched tabby :
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.

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- Silvers and Smokes :

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Silvers :
Silvers are cats that have an overall brown, blue, red, or cream coat color, but instead of the pigment going all the way up the hair shaft, it only colors the ends. This gives the coat a shimmery appearance, as the undercoat is pure white. As the fur moves, the white is exposed, giving a very interesting appearance to the cat. The overall appearance of silver cats is lighter in color. Silvering only occurs in certain areas of the cat, and not over the entire body. As well, silvering shows up much later in kittens, and is usually not visible when they are born. Cats can be silver tabbies (same as brown except the tip of the fur is black), blue silver tabbies, red silver tabbies, or cream silver tabbies. The gene that is responsible for silvering of the coat is neither recessive nor dominant, and it's inheritance is quite complicated.

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Smoke :
Smokes are basically solid silvers. That is, a solid kitten has the silvering gene, and it is expressed by only the tips of the hairs being colored, with the rest of the hair shaft being pure white. Therefore, a smoke is a solid with a white undercoat. This is not to be confused with the grey sometimes occuring in solid kittens. Smokes always have a pure white undercoat, never grey.

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- Particolors :

The inheritance of white usually follows a pattern, although it can sometimes appear in the strangest places. Any color of coat can come "with white". Usually the white manifests itself with four beautiful white paws, a white bib and tummy. White can also appear on the nose, in various shapes, and on the muzzle, either both sides or only one.
High white is when the white color goes right up the shoulders, making the entire front feet white. Usually, the cat appears to have the bottom half of its body all white. A high white kitten occurs when both parents have white on them. The interesting thing is that a kitten can be high white on one side of its body, and regular "with white" on the other.

Bicolour or tricolour pattern:
Any distribution showing around 25% to 50 % of white is considered bicolour or tricolour.
Ideally, the distribution of white should start from the nose with an inverted V, and continue down to the end of the legs and stomach, with a white band on the neck if possible.

Harlequin :
Is considered as Harlequin any distribution showing between 50% to 80% of white.

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Van :
In Van pattern, ideally, colour is only on top of head and tail. Spots on head should be around the base of the ears, with white between the coloured areas, if possible.

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