How many Maine Coons are there in the world?

This is a very grand question and it is asked on the basis that somewhere there should be the information to answer it with some precision. But no. After searching diligently on the internet focusing on Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) registrations for the breed I came up with a blank. I could find no registration numbers on the CFA website. I searched high and low. 

I used the CFA custom search facility but nada. Nothing. I couldn't find any data on the number of Maine Coons in America never mind for the entire planet. That would be extraordinary if it existed.

Update: I have emailed Amanda at the CFA and asked her how many MCs are registered with her cat association. If she responds with an answer that'd be a start. I also asked her to hazard a guess at the overall number on the planet! No chance.

How many Maine Coons are there in the world?
Photo: Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay.

Perhaps the big cat associations have a policy of not allowing public access to their registration database. Perhaps they don't want the public to know how many Maine Coons there are. I don't know. Do CFA registered breeders have access to this mythical database? Does it exist? It must.

Back in the day the most popular breed was decided on the number of registrations. But now it seems that it is decided on polls or some other means. Perhaps a survey. The Maine Coon is in the top 3 most popular breeds currently. I'd expect the numbers to have increased over the past ten years.

I have also searched TICA and Google Scholar (research studies) for this information without success. I have waffled enough. 😊

If a reader of this dismal post can provide some factual information on this topic, they'd be most welcome.

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