Can Maine Coons breed with regular cats? This is not as straightforward as you think.

By 'regular cats' I presume that the questioner means non-purebred cats or moggies. From a practical, genetic and anatomical standpoint the answer is most positively yes because Maine Coons are domestic cats just like moggies. They are exactly the same species. No problem there.

Size difference between Maine Coon and standard domestic cat. This is Omar on the right.
Size difference between Maine Coon and standard domestic cat. This is Omar on the right. Photo: Instagram.

However, from a cat breeder's standpoint it's a no-no. This is because the cat associations prohibit out crossing Maine Coons to other breeds and non-purebred cats. This is in order to maintain the genetic integrity of the breed to, in turn, ensure that the breed maintains its appearance. This is a very special and distinct appearance. It needs to be maintained.

Below are the exact words from the CFA breed standard for this cat:

Maine Coon Cat allowable outcross breeds: none.

That's pretty clear although they don't mention random-bred (moggies) cats because they wouldn't. They don't need to because common sense dictates that you don't mate a purebred Maine Coon with a non-purebred cat. That would be introducing moggy genes into a purebred cat.

RELATED: 40 facts about the Maine Coon cat.

There is a health reason why you might do it because you refresh the genes. Maine Coons are inbred like all purebred cats. This makes them a little less healthy than moggies. So there's probably a health need to introduce moggy genes into a Maine Coon breeding line but the breeders can't and won't do it. 

In the cat breeding world appearance trumps health to a certain degree. It happens in all the breeds. If there is a competition between the health of the cats in a breeding line and the appearance of those cats, the breeder will go for the better appearance at the expense of health up to a certain point. 

RELATED: Maine Coon Health Problems.

There are many examples and perhaps the classic examples are the Siamese and Persian cats. Both have quite a long list of health problems which are described as genetically inherited health problems.

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