What happens when a gentle giant Maine Coon is mixed with a live wire Bengal? You get something pretty awesome. The popularity of mixed breed cats seems ever set to continue as cat lovers the world over seek out new and unique cross breeds. Provided the breeding is ethical and carried out smartly and with the cat and kittens’ welfare firmly in mind, cross breeding can be a very nice concept.
- How purebred cats compare with mixes
- Appearances and characteristics
- Are they friendly family pets?
- Predicting health and lifespan
- Finding a new kitten
Cat breeds may differ in personality and appearance wildly but genetically, domestic felines are very similar, and most breeds can be mated together safely. What’s more, responsible cross breeding may result in a healthier cat. Today I’ll share everything you need to know about Bengal Maine Coon mix cats, before you bring home your new kitten.
Introducing the Bengal Maine Coon Mix
Maine Coon and Bengal cats are similarly-sized breeds which makes them safe mating choice for the welfare-conscious breeder.
It’s worth saying up front that while everything we know about Bengal cat Maine Coon mix cats comes from scientific research and accurate, reliable sources, you can never fully predict how a cross breed cat will turn out.
You’ll definitely see traits of both breeds – physically and mentally – but there is absolutely no guarantee to what degree. Your Maine Coon and Bengal mix could be a 50/50 split. Or he or she could look 80% Bengal, but demonstrate mostly Coonish behavior (or vice versa). There really is no saying, so you need to get familiar with both.
Mixes vs Pedigree Cats
There are potential issues with picking a mixed breed rather than a pedigree. If you want to show your pet at cat shows, you won’t be able to; shows only allow demonstrably pedigree animals with the paperwork to prove it.
If you have very specific requirements in terms of temperament or appearance, a pedigree cat may be more suitable. It’s far easier to predict appearance and traits in them than moggies.
The flip side is, of course, that there are benefits of selecting a mixed breed over a pure breed. Health is the major one – pedigree cats are bred for their desirable traits, from a select and limited gene pool, which can also amplify the frequency of hereditary illnesses.
Mixing breeds widens the gene pool and may protect against genetic disorders which have become established in the pedigree breeding lines. Mixed breed cats may also be cheaper than pedigree cats.
Where Do They Come From?
Despite their rather exotic name that oozes mystery and history, the Bengal is actually a rather modern invention. The first Bengal was born in America in the early 20th Century, a cross between a standard domestic shorthair and an Asian Leopard Cat (ALC). Bengals were not formally recognised by The International Cat Association (TICA) until 1983. After they were? Their popularity soared.
Maine Coon. Coon Cat. American Forest Cat. Maine Cat. Snowshoe Cat. American Coon Cat… These beautiful cats go by many names. Folklore stories of their origins are equally as numerous. While there are many tall tales about the history of Maine Coons (including that they got their name from being related to racoons), animal experts believe the truth to be wholly less exciting.
The most likely account for the existence of Maine Coons is that they are the product of domestic shorthairs breeding with longer-haired wild cats of the woods such as Norwegian Forest Cats. It’s believed they first hit American shores with British seafarers centuries ago and settled in the state of Maine.
They would have been kept onboard the ships to kill the mice and rats that tried to nibble away at the men’s food stores.
How The Bengal Cat Maine Coon Mix Came About
Bengals and Maine Coons have been crossed by cat lovers for some years now. But more for love of the results or by accident than anything else. So there’s no official ‘reason’ for this cross breeding, really. And, as such, there’s never really been any documentation of when the cross first came to be.
What Do They Look Like?
As we touched upon earlier, there are absolutely no guarantees as to how much of each breed a mix will have. So all we can say with any certainty here is that your Bengal/Maine Coon cross will be a little bit Bengal and a little bit Maine Coon!
If your cross ends up exhibiting more Bengal than Maine Coon, they’ll likely have long, slim, muscular bodies and broad, long faces. Their ears will be small and point forwards.
If your cat bears more likeness to its Maine Coon parent, then they’ll likely be slightly bulky, with large, fluffy ears and a big tail, not unlike that of a raccoon’s (hence the earlier rumor).
With both breeds being particularly large cats, it’s certain that your cat will be bigger than your average housecat. Fully-sized adults Bengals can weigh up to 15lbs, with mature male Coons tipping the scales at a whopping 20lbs.
Characters and Characteristics
Should your cross demonstrate more Bengal qualities, they may be quite loud and independent, loving nothing more than running around, chasing things and being active and playful.
Maine Coons are slightly friendlier and more liable to settle down on your lap, so if your mix exhibits more of the Maine Coon side, you can expect an affectionate and loving cat. They’ll still love to play, but then look for a little love afterwards.
Coats and Grooming
Bengal Maine Coon mixes have rather ‘wild’ looking coats. Bengals can often look like big cats that have been shrunk in the wash, such is their striking leopard-like appearance. Maine Coons can be solidly colored, bi-coloured or, quite often tabby.
Both breeds come in such a wide range of different colors that there really is absolutely no saying what color or pattern a cross would have. It’s a bit of a lottery, in fact!
How much you will need to worry about grooming your cat will depend on how long their coat is.
If they’re more Bengal than Coon, you needn’t worry. Shorter haired cats can handle most of their own grooming. Although a bit of help once a week can help you bond, reduce shedding in the rest of the house, and spot skin conditions and other health problems quickly.
If your cat has inherited the Maine Coon’s longer fur, then you should help them out with their coat. Two sessions of brushing with a metal brush per week will help no end.
Exercise, Training and Entertaining
Exercise-wise, obviously it’s difficult to establish a regime you can stick to; cats will be cats, after all. If you plan to let your cat outside, you can rest assured that they will exercise plenty of their own accord. If you plan on keeping your Bengal/Maine Coon as an indoor cat, then you will have some work in keeping them physically – and mentally – occupied.
These big moggies will need lots of toys and a solid thirty minutes or more playing and running around inside. Be prepared to clear some space too… When a cat this size starts sprinting about hunting toys, they’re going to need plenty of room!
When it comes to training, it’s possible to train your cat to perform many of the same tricks that dog owners teach their pet pooches. All you need is a little patience, a clicker and some treats.
Bear in mind though, the sessions will be on your cat’s terms. They decide when they’re bored and want to stroll off for a snooze (obviously!).
Health issues of Maine Coon and Bengal cats
It’s important to be aware of the health issues that both main breeds suffer with. Because there’s a chance that your mix may suffer with one or more of these ailments.
They may inherit any one of the following from their parents. Bengals health issues:
- Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – A form of heart disease found in some cats.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy – An inherited eye disorder that can lead to blindness.
- Patellar Luxation – Malformed knee joints that can cause pain and dislocation.
- Hip Dysplasia – Malformed hip joints which can also cause pain and make walking difficult.
- Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency – A form of anaemia.
Maine Coon health issues
- Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – Around 34% of Maine Coons are thought to carry the mutant gene that causes HCM.
- Hip Dysplasia – Bigger cats can suffer badly with joint issues.
- Polycystic Kidney Disease – These cysts aren’t hugely common, but do sometimes occur.
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy – This issue can lead to muscle weakness.
Are Mixed Breeds Healthier?
You’ll notice that HCM and hip dysplasia appear on both lists, meaning even Maine Coon Bengal mix cats have an increased chance of suffering with them. HCM is a caused by a single faulty gene, which can be screened for before a cat is used for breeding.
Ask your breeder whether their Bengal Maine Coon mix kittens’ parents were screened, and ask to see the certificate of the results. They should also have hips scores from a vet for both parents, and be happy to discuss these with you.
If you are adopting an older Bengal Maine Coon mix cat, the animal shelter should have also arranged for them to receive a full veterinary check up.
Typically, crossbreed cats live longer than pedigree cats. Maine Coons can expect to live to around 10-14 years, with the average lifespan being 12.5 years. Bengals, however, live a little longer. 12 – 16 years is their usual life expectancy, with 14 being the average. So the cross? Anywhere from 10-16 years. With an average of around 13 years.
Kittens and Breeders
They may be crosses, but don’t expect to be able to pick up a Coon Cat Bengal mix cheap. They don’t sell for the same amount as pure pedigrees, but you may be surprised. Obviously, prices are flexible and vary depending on the seller and location, but you and still expect to pay several hundred dollars.
That’s because Maine Coon x Bengal kittens may not be all that easy to find. The pairing is quite an unusual one and you may need to search around a bit before you find a breeder.
Of course the logical place to carry out a widespread search these days is online. Just make sure your carry out some due diligence on the seller. Never buy any kitten without seeing the home that it was born into and meeting the kitten’s mom and litter mates.
You need to ensure the home environment is safe, clean and calm. The kitten’s mother should be healthy, and clearly a loved member of the family.
Are Bengal Maine Coon Mixes Good Pets?
Both Maine Coon and Bengal cats are loving and great company. That said, Bengals are extremely playful and – if you plan on letting your cat out – they do roam and go exploring for hours on end.
Perhaps the biggest consideration with how suitable your home will be for a Maine Coon x Bengal is whether or not you have the room. These cats are big… so you have to have the space to accommodate them. A tiny apartment is probably not as suitable for them as a large house.
Maine Coon and Bengal cats are both titans of the cat world – both in size and personality.
Hybrid cats are often healthier than pedigree animals, but they could also suffer any of the conditions seen in their parent breeds. For Bengal Maine Coon mix kittens, this means asking especially about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hip dysplasia in their parents.
Finally, make sure you source your brand new kitty from a breeder you can trust. Oh, and don’t forget to spoil your new best pal!
shamera nelson says
I have a bengal main coon mix. She is orange and white with stripes on it. She is extremely playful and loves being in the shower with us when we try to take showers which is funny. We have invested and lots and lots of toys three different cat trees she has a drinking water fountain that she loves playing in and she’s very very affectionate. We have allowed her to be outside our a day that’s about it cuz I don’t want anybody to take her. one thing she does love to do is try to bite people’s ankles when she wants to play with people but I think within time she will outgrow that but if you want a very loving cat that’s what you’re going to get because my cat is extremely loving and she’s very wild so if you can’t handle a cat that runs all of her house on hours on end then don’t get a Maine Coon Bengal mix.
Kay Kranking says
Where can I find a breeder??
Where can I find a breader
I have 2 boys from same litter, dad was a maine coon, mum bengal. They are a bundle of energy, since letting them outside they seem much happier, not sure I’d feel happy with keeping them as indoor cats even in a big house. Selectively affectionate, but 2 really different personalities, so would agree it just depends on the ‘blend’ of genes, one loves meeting new people, the other is really anxious around them, both hate water! Not particularly vocal or yowly unless behind a locked door, mostly squeaks and purs. Love them to bits, such characters!
Adele Evans says
I have a mixed girl, she is very all for me and follows me everywhere, but funny enough is very independent and likes her own company to and goes in another room to chill, her mum was main and dad was bengle, she is a bit of both somtimes can’t sit at peace and others chilled I think somtimes she dosent know what to do with herself she’s super affectionate and friendly also unpredictable at times all most moody lol
Shannon Houck says
Hi. I’m not sure what my kitten is,I was told Bengal Main coon but I’d like to know .Anyone willing to look at a video of her please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Iam looking for a bangle mixed with maincoon kitten mail but thelooks of a bangle
I just adopted a bengal X mainecoon kitten. He’s only 3 mths old. He is super active and loves water. As he drinks, he’ll put his paw in the bowl. He too loves to play catch and bites on everyone’s ankle. Can’t wait to see he’s more to his dad (mainecoon) or his mum (bengal) when he grows up. Btw his name is SIMBA ??
We have 2 Bengal x Maine coon girls 12wk old ? one white grey, the other black and grey ☺️
I found my Maine Coon x Bengal mix by complete accident. I had posted an ad looking for a kitten and was contacted by someone who had a kitten for $40. It didn’t take long to realize that she was not an average domestic long-haired kitten. After doing some research and getting vet
confirmation we found out our little spitfire was actually Maine coon Bengal mix. She is 11 weeks old and already almost as big as our year-and-a-half-old Siamese. She has a beautiful fluffy brown tabby and spotted coat and tuft ears. She is super hyper and constantly playing and chasing everything and is only very affectionate at naptime and bedtime. But then she like sleeping on my neck and can be very vocal with me if I move around too much. She is a doll.
Lyssa Vega says
We found our bengal Maine come mix at a rescue. Her mom was bengal father was Maine coon. She was refused along with a few in her litter at just a few weeks old from a hoarding situation with so many other animals. We were interested in the breed and did some searching online at shelters and rescues and came across her. She is so sweet and loving. Loves to cuddle and play she has more of a bengal look to her sort of marbled. She’s the best kitten behaves well and she even plays fetch
We rescued a bengal and main coin mix kitten who is 3 months old. He has black paws and spotted belly, short hair, long, tall and lean with a skinny long face, he is the cutest thing ever. He is brown and gray and golden color with stripes and spots. He is pretty big for 3 month old. We were looking for a bengal and accidentally came across him and we love him. He is very energetic and loves to play. We didn’t know much about the breed mix at first so I wasn’t aware as to the size that it can get to which is huge. We live in a big house and so hopefully it’s enough space for him. I am not sure if her will be a long coat in the future or not but I do pray he is not. I have a Norwegian Black Forest cat who has a lot of fur and is a pretty big cat. I was looking for a smaller short hair breed but came across him and rescued it. There’s fur everywhere though.
We named our kitten Zazzoo
My partner and I rescued two kittens and the shelter didn’t know what they were so we’ve done some digging. All we know is that they are sisters but one is medium to long hair and looks very maine coon like with the concave face and tuffs on the ears, whereas the other has short hair and looks like a marbled Bengal with a sleek body and spotted coat. They are both very playful and so vocal! Not sure of their history just that they were rescued off the street quite young so they definitely have some quirks. Our best guess is maine coon/bengal, they are also already the size of normal house cats and they are definitely not full grown yet! We will have to see how big the get! The are adorable, very affectionate and cuddly which suggests maybe they aren’t that mix or they are just weirdos. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!
Charles M Ross says
i live in upstate n.y. an looking for a maine coon cat an in side cat .
We have been lucky enough to find a BxMC and she is such a gorgeous girl. Her mum was a stunning brown spotted Bengal, whilst her dad a large B+W Main coon.
Both exhibited dog like characteristics, which our wee girl has too.
She looks very like her dad coat wise, but has a more refined ‘Bengal ‘ face with large green eyes.
She has the ear tufts, toe fluff and HUGE white whiskers. She is evenly marked with a slightly sheepdog like face markings, splodges of B+W on thick long body fur, and a bushy jet black tail.. which she holds up like a lemur!
She is very affectionate and enjoys cuddles and lying by fire with dogs.
One of her brothers was very bengal like with hairy ears which looked rather comical but lovely.
Overall, if this is what all the crosses could be like we’d be on to a winner!!
Do you know of any breeders for Bengal X Maine Coon mix in Michigan? Thank you!