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British Shorthair Maine Coon Mix

Are you curious about the British Shorthair Maine Coon mix? This crossbreed cat is one special kitty. Learn more about this mixed breed's unique care needs, as well as their temperament, size, and more.

Danielle DeGroot

Last Updated: April 18, 2024 | 11 min read

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The Maine Coon is a hefty yet affectionate breed with a notably shaggy coat. But can Maine Coons have a short coat? Yes, if they happen to crossbreed with a shorter-haired kitty, like the British Shorthair. The British Shorthair Maine Coon mix may not be the most common combination, but there are undoubtedly several of them around.

This interesting feline blend combines the traits of two distinguishably different cat breeds. You won’t soon forget a meeting with one of these delightful and distinctly adorable cats. Before you head out to find one of your own, there are a few things you should know.

I can’t wait to introduce you to the British Shorthair Maine Coon mix cat. You are in for a real treat. Let’s get into the details as I introduce you to this exceptional kitty, cover breed history, care needs, price, and more.

British Shorthair Maine Coon Mix
    • weight iconWeight18 - 20 pounds
    • height iconHeight12 - 16 Inches
    • lifespan iconLifespan12 - 18 Years
    • color iconColorsBrown, Black, Gray, Tan, Red, Cream, White, Orange, Blue, Mixed
    • color iconPatternsTabby, Striped, Solid, Marbled
  • Child Friendliness
  • Canine Friendliness
  • Training Difficulty
  • Exercise
  • Grooming Upkeep
  • Breed Health
  • Kitten Costs

Breed History

To get to know any mixed cat, you must first understand the characteristics of each unique parent breed.

Both Maine Coons and British Shorthair cats are well-known and extremely popular breeds. They have distinctly different histories, as well as differing physical characteristics and temperaments. This particular mix does not have a common name other than perhaps being called Shorthaired Maine Coons. In some cases, they may occur due to natural crossbreeding, and in others, these kitties are purposefully bred to create an incredibly unique cat. Let’s get to know each parent breed quickly to learn more.

British Shorthair

British Shorthair cat with grey hair on a grey background.
British Shorthairs are rather large for a cat and hail from Great Britain.

The British Shorthair is a fairly generously sized cat, reaching between 12 and 17 pounds when fully grown. They have a pleasant temperament and can get along with other cats, dogs, and kids. They are continually active but not hyper and make excellent family companions. These amiable cats hail from Great Britain and are thought to be a cross between Persian cats and Russian Blues. They were among the first cat breeds shown at England’s first official cat show, held in 1871.

The British Shorthair used to be called the British Blue due to their blue-gray coats. However, today, the breed comes in many assorted colors and patterns. They have short, dense coats. British Shorthairs do not have undercoats. They are a single-coated feline breed. Along with that, they stand out for their large, round heads, with large, brightly colored expressive eyes.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon cat in litter box.
Maine Coons are popular fluffy cats with origins in the U.S.

The mighty Maine Coon cat is famous for its shaggy double coat, large, tufted ears, and lovable temperament. With a ruff of fur around the neck, they have a wild appearance but are giant softies at heart. Given the nickname gentle giant for their gentle, playful, amicable personality, this is one unique cat. Gentle giants are quite large, reaching over 20 pounds fully grown. They are one of the largest domesticated cat breeds on record.

Maine Coons serve as the Official State Cat of Maine and are native to the New England area. They developed due to natural breeding and unregulated crossbreeding of different cats in the area. This created a large, agile cat with a muscular body and a thick coat to survive the harsh New England winters. They are incredibly skilled hunters but also love to play and make fantastic family pets if you have room.

These gentle giants stand out for their unique appearance, which includes a large, extra-long, and bushy-ringed tail. This tail spurns the legend that this breed is a mix of wild raccoon or bobcat and domestic shorthair feline. As exciting as that hybrid would be, it is biologically impossible. The Maine Coon is 100% a domestic feline who happens to have a very distinguished and notably large tail.

Maine Coons top the list of most popular breeds, and British Shorthairs follow closely behind. Mixes of the two breeds are highly sought after, as many people love the idea of their rugged coats and sweet personalities but are not ready for a cat of the gentle giant’s enormous size. Both breeds are popular to crossbreed with due to their physical appearance and likable personalities. There is little official information about when this specific mix came to be, but like many other mixed breeds, they have been around for a reasonable amount of time.

Temperament & Personality

Mixing these two mighty breeds is sure to give you a likable feline blend. Both parents are incredibly smart, and a mixed breed can inherit that intelligence. Maine Coon temperaments tend to be more energetic, independent, and playful, whereas British cats are calmer and gentler. Expect your mixed breed to be independent yet affectionate.

Both parent breeds are very gentle, meaning a mix of these two is often a docile, affectionate kitty that likes attention. They are a fantastic pick for families with small children and other pets due to their easygoing nature and ability to get along with other animals. Maine Coons can sometimes be stubborn and a bit aloof, whereas the British Shorthair is very affectionate, so your mixed kitty will likely be somewhere in between.

Remember that whenever you mix two feline breeds, there is a good chance they will inherit characteristics from each parent. You will never fully know what a mixed breed will look or act like until they are fully grown. One thing you can count on, though, is that both parent breeds take a long time to mature, between three and five years.

Size & Appearance

Man holding his cherished purebred Maine Coon cat outright to show his size.
Maine Coons are known for their exceptionally large size.

Maine Coons are famous for their substantial size, and British Shorthairs are also on the heftier side. A mix of these two is likely to be a medium-sized to exceptionally large cat. A reasonable estimate is between about 18 and 20 or so pounds. Your mixed-breed kitty may have a height between 12 and 16 inches. In some cases, mixed breeds get larger than their parent breeds, depending on which genes are dominant. Prepare for a kitty that needs a substantial amount of room to move around it, as well as larger litter boxes, climbing structures, and food bowls.

Maine Coons stand out for their pointed, tufted ears and lion-like mane of fur. They have a distinctly wild look, while British Shorthairs are more refined, sleek, and elegant. The Maine Coon has a thick double coat (triple layer as adults), and the British Shorthair has a dense single coat. You can expect any mix of these breeds to have a dense, soft, distinctive-looking coat. They will also likely have a high need for regular brushing and grooming.

Both parent breeds have large, brightly colored eyes of gold, green, amber, copper, or multi-color. They also have remarkably expressive faces. Your mixed breed may inherit both the roundness of the British Shorthair with the prominent features and pointed ears of the gentle giant. They may or may not inherit the distinctive bushy, ringed tail that makes the gentle giant so famous.

Coat & Colors

Both parent breeds can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. These include solid and multicolored kitties. Your kitten may inherit a striped or tabby pattern. Coat colors can range from dark to light, including brown, black, gray, tan, cream, white, red, orange, blue, and more.

Grooming

British Shorthair Cat being brushed
British Shorthairs have hairy coats that need to be brushed often.

Maine Coon mixes need a lot of grooming, and British Shorthairs have dense, high-maintenance coats. Whether their coat is short, medium, or a bit longer, you should prepare for daily brushing. It is essential to work out mats, prevent tangles, and remove any dirt or debris that may get caught up in their coat. While cats are notoriously fastidious self-groomers, they still need our help. There are certain areas of the body they cannot reach. With a feline breed as large as this, they need all the help they can get.

Expect to invest in high-quality grooming tools, including a brush and de-shedding tool to help pull out loose hair from their undercoat. You should also plan on bathing your fur baby once every few months (more often if needed). This is important to ensure overall cleanliness, as well as control odors, dander, and dirt that can get stuck in their coat and on their skin.

Along with regular grooming and occasional bathing, kitties also need their nails trimmed regularly, about once a month or so, and their teeth brushed at least a few times a week. Daily brushing is ideal, but I understand how hard it is to get your kitty to tolerate that daily. Using a mix of dental treats and regular tooth brushing should help keep your kitty’s mouth in tip-top health. Dental care is especially important as gingivitis and dental disease can become very serious as your cat ages.

Living Requirements

Your British Shorthair Maine Coon mix needs a significant amount of space. They can fit in apartments and smaller homes, as long as you don’t mind having your furniture climbed on. Be sure your cat has their own special area for sleeping, as well as two separate areas for litter boxes. They also need a feeding station that is a significant distance away from the potty.

The good news is that these cats get along well with children and other pets. They also do well with high activity and acclimate quickly to change, so they will fit right in if you have a highly active household. They are also perfect companions for a slower-paced life and enjoy interactive one-on-one playtime. You can expect an energetic, engaged companion who’s happy to insert themselves into your everyday activities.

Exercising Your Cat

This mixed-breed kitty needs plenty of daily exercise. Be sure to work in at least one or two 20-to-30-minute interactive play sessions daily. Both breeds love to run and hunt, and Maine Coons adore climbing. Investing in a climbing structure like a cat tree or climbing steps for the wall will be immensely helpful.

Your cat will need plenty of options to express energy. In addition to vigorous physical play, cats need mental interaction and stimulation. Interactive toys like feather wands, floppy fish, tunnels, and puzzle feeders are helpful. Cats are incredibly smart creatures and can be taught different tricks and agility training.

If you want to allow your cat a little outside time, train them to walk on a leash or create an enclosed outdoor patio. You can also consider taking your mixed breed for a walk in a cat stroller. While this doesn’t work for every kitty, it can be a wonderful adventure and the perfect way to get some fresh air for those who behave themselves.

Training Your Mixed Breed

Both parent breeds are known for being highly intelligent. With focus and practice, you may be able to train your mixed kitten to do different things. Even if you aren’t interested in tricks, agility, or walking on a leash, you’ll want to set a few basic training needs as an expectation right away.

Litter box training must start as soon as your kitten comes home. There are also some other basic training needs you will want to work on right away. These include training your kitten not to scratch on the furniture, not to bite people or other pets, proper mealtime behavior, and certain areas of the home to stay out of. Disciplining cats is trickier than disciplining dogs, so you’ll want to be prepared with some ideas and methods ahead of time. We cover this in more detail in our guide on how to discipline your cat.

Health & Lifespan

Maine Coon at the vet.
Like all cats, Maine Coons require regular vet visits to ensure they are healthy.

Both breeds are reasonably healthy overall. Along with that, mixed breeds tend to be a bit healthier than their parents due to greater genetic diversity. British Shorthairs live longer, with an average lifespan of 12 to 20 years. Maine Coons tend to live between 10 and 13 years on average. Your mixed breed will likely have a lifespan of 12 to 18 years.

Although they are relatively healthy, there are a few health concerns you will want to be aware of with your mixed kitten:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Gingivitis
  3. Hemophilia
  4. Hip dysplasia
  5. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  6. Hypothyroidism
  7. Obesity
  8. Osteoarthritis
  9. Periodontal disease
  10. Polycystic kidney disease
  11. Spinal muscular atrophy
  12. Stomatitis

Consider pet insurance for your mixed kitty. Even healthy cats can encounter unexpected illnesses and injuries. We encourage you to learn about the best pet insurance and insure your furry pal. We’ve also reviewed the best pet insurance for Maine Coon cats to cater to the breed’s specific needs.

Nutrition

British Shorthair next to food bowl.
British Shorthairs can get large, so keep an eye on their portions to keep them at a healthy weight.

Proper nutrition is the cornerstone of your kitty’s lifelong health. While neither parent breed has any unique nutritional needs, they both are prone to overeating and obesity. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need a meat-based diet. Animal protein provides them with the nutrients they need to fully develop and grow.

Both breeds are highly active and will fare better on a high-protein diet. Cats love to eat and quickly get bored of eating the same thing every day. This is why providing your purr baby with a nutritious diet and a good amount of variety is important. You can do this by mixing both dried kibble and wet foods. Consider adding fresh, human-grade cat food like that offered by Smalls. Fresh food can be a meal, a complete diet, or simply a topper to boost nutrition and flavor.

Foods with high-quality animal proteins (named meats) as the first ingredient are better choices. Turkey and fish are lean, high-quality proteins to consider. Learn more about the best foods for indoor cats here.

Breeder & Kitten Costs

This particular mixed breed can vary in price. You can spend between $250 and over $1,000. You may be able to locate a mixed kitten by contacting Maine Coon and British Shorthair-specific breeders. The price will depend upon the location, time of year, genetics, and pedigree of their parents. Depending on availability, you may need to travel or transport the kitten, which can add to the cost.

Rescues & Shelters

Mix-breed kittens are quite common in shelters and rescue centers. While it is always hard to prove a kitten’s genetics, you can check with local shelters, rescue groups, and animal charities to look for adoptable kittens. There are thousands of kittens in shelters, and rescues need good homes, so it’s always a wonderful thing to consider adopting one.

One thing to keep in mind with any mixed-breed kitten or adult kitty is that unless you know the specific parents and history, the only way to truly tell what breed or mix they are is to do a DNA test.

As Family Pets

The British Shorthair Maine Coon mix is a strikingly beautiful, friendly, energetic, and intelligent mixed breed. You will not be disappointed to welcome this feline companion into your home. They are a wonderful pick for families of all sizes, including those with children and other pets.

Regardless of lifestyle, this mixed kitty makes an unforgettable addition to the family. Just be sure you have plenty of room and time to commit to interacting with your lovely, gentle giant mix. If you’re curious about other Maine Coon mixes, you can meet a few more of them in our guide.

Am I Ready For A Kitten?

Maine Coon mixes make excellent family pets, as do British Shorthair blends. That said, it is essential to remember that adopting a kitten or a cat of any age is a big commitment. Before adopting, you must ask yourself if you’re ready for a new kitten. There are a few things to consider. These include: are there other animals in the home? Do you have other family members, and are they willing to help take on the care responsibilities for another animal? How much time do you have to play with and bond with your cat every day? It is also vital to consider the financial commitment that comes with adopting a new pet. Your kitten will need routine veterinary care, vaccinations, spay and neuter procedures, plenty of toys, supplies like litter and food, and healthy nutrition.

Getting to know your new kitten will be an unforgettable experience. If you’re wondering how to connect a little closer with your new fuzzy fur ball, learn more about what it means when a cat imprints on you and why cats wag their tails in our guide here. Do you have experience with the British Shorthair Maine Coon mix, or do you have any new kittens to share? I love to hear about it in the comments.

Why Trust Love Your Cat?

Danielle is a devoted pet owner with over 30 years of feline care experience. She has expertise in caring for cats with special medical needs, including deafness, kidney disease, urinary dysfunction, and more. Danielle has a special place in her heart for needy animals. Every cat she has is a rescue pet. Danielle is a passionate and skilled researcher who spends countless hours investigating and learning about the latest data, scientific developments, trends, care, and health. Her goal is to provide feline owners with valuable information to better the quality of their pet’s lives.

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