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Maine Coon Cat Bengal Mix Breed Overview

The mighty mix of a Maine Coon and a Bengal is one amazing cat. This cross-breed kitty is both beautiful and smart. There is a lot to learn about this breed. Get to know this ferocious and fabulous feline in our quick breed overview.

Danielle DeGroot

Last Updated: July 19, 2022 | 14 min read

Maine Coon Cat Bengal Mix walking in grass

Looking to adopt a fascinating crossbreed feline like the Maine Coon Bengal cat? There might be more to this kitty cat than meets the eye. Maine Coons are extremely attractive, wild-looking felines. The mighty Bengal, however, is wild on a different level. The descendants of wild Asian Leopard cats, Bengals are a regal, unique breed. A blend of these two is a gorgeous, intelligent feline with an independent streak.

This mixed breed may be unpredictable, as mixed breeds can inherit traits from both breeds or be more like one parent. Owners may be in for an adventure when bringing home one of these regal kitties. One of the best things prospective owners can do is get to know this breed before bringing one home.

Get to know the Maine Coon Bengal mix, one of the most unpredictable feline crossbreeds around. These cats can grow to be quite substantial in size, have a unique appearance, and are some of the most intelligent kitties in the world. Learn more about the Maine Coon Bengal mix. Keep in mind this information is an introduction and overview of this feline, not to be used as a substitute for information from a veterinarian.

Maine Coon Bengal Mix
    • weight iconWeight12-17 or more Pounds
    • height iconHeight9-17 Inches
    • lifespan iconLifespan12-16 Years
    • color iconColors Tan, Black, Orange, Gray, Red, Charcoal, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Cream
  • Child Friendliness
  • Canine Friendliness
  • Training Difficulty
  • Exercise
  • Grooming Upkeep
  • Breed Health
  • Kitten Costs

Breed History

Not a significant amount of information is known about this crossbreed’s origin. Maine Coons are very popular, and the Bengal is becoming more well-known. It is no surprise that people would want to mix these two fabulous felines to create the Bengal Coon. These cats are also called “toy leopards.” Maine Coons are a popular, old breed, while Bengals are a newer, purposefully crafted breed. The mix of these two results in a crafty, sizable, wild-looking kitty. To get to know this unique mix, one must first learn about both parent breeds.

Maine Coon

Main Coon sitting in grass

Maine Coons are native to the state of Maine. They are the official state cat. These sturdy kitties have a murky history. Some say they are descendants of long-lost royal felines, pets to the doomed French Queen Marie Antionette. The tale says these kittens were hidden away and made a daring escape. They are often said to be the offspring of a feral cat and raccoon. That hybrid animal is not biologically possible. While neither of these origin stories is true, they add to the appeal of the Maine Coon. This breed likely descended from cats that traveled aboard ships, making their way to New England. Maine Coons developed through natural crossbreeding.

Maine Coons are also called “gentle giants.” These massive tykes are quite a handful but make fantastic pets. They are quite generous in size, reaching between 9 and 25 pounds. The gentle giant can live for 12 to 15 years and often reaches over 30 inches in length. These giant kitties have extra long tails, often adorned with ring-like markings. This big, bushy tail gives the breed its resemblance to the wild raccoon. They can have a variety of coat colors and markings.

Maine Coons are highly adaptable and very friendly kitties. These big tykes are intelligent, highly trainable, and do well with other pets and children. They are known for keeping a kitten-like quality as adults. These felines take three or four years to fully mature and stay playful, even as seniors. They are very active, with high prey drives. This breed does not calm down after maturation and keeps owners on their toes at almost any age. They are a breed that often gets compared to dogs because they respond well to commands, learns tricks, and even like to walk on leashes. Maine Coons also love to play in the water.

Gentle giants are not an aggressive breed, but they are a rather hefty size and made of muscle. This can be intimidating; however, it is rare for this kitty to be aggressive towards people. They love to follow people around but are fine to explore away in the afternoon on their own if given the opportunity. This kitty has another unusual feature; they make a chirping sound rather than a typical cat’s meow.

Bengal

Bengal cat looking up

The Bengal is a stately feline that has wild cat roots. Native to the U.S., this breed is a true hybrid. The first kittens of this breed were created for leukemia research. Dr. William Centerwall was conducting research at Loyola University. He crossbred an Asian Leopard cat with domestic kitties, creating the first litter of what is today’s Bengal cat. Once he was done with his research, the kittens were handed over to a local breeder who worked to cultivate the breed further.

Bengal cats are now several generations removed from wildcats, and most are bred from other Bengals. These miniature leopards have a distinctive look due to their wild roots. They often have leopard-like spots but can vary in coloring and patterns. Bengals can reach between 9 and 20 pounds. However, most are about 12 or 13 pounds. They have shorter hair, but some can be bred for long hair. They have green or gold eyes. Bengals live about 12 to 15 years.

This kitty is more than a handful, and they have some powerful character traits. Bengals are incredibly high energy. They have a demanding personality and crave being the center of attention. While they get along with other breeds, Bengals often need to be the only cat in a home. They have high prey drives and can chase after smaller pets, rodents, breeds, and fish. Keep smaller animals very secure when sharing a home with the majestic Bengal. Despite the high prey drive and endless energy, Bengals are sweet, loyal, loving companions.

Despite their wild streak, Bengals are friendly and can make good house cats. This is one of the smartest felines in the world. This can make them tricky to take care of, as they can outsmart owners easily. They are extremely active and tend to climb and jump to high places. This kitty also loves a good swim and can be prone to playing in fish tanks. They are wonderful escape artists. Needless to say, the Bengal is a cat that keeps owners on their toes.

Maine Coon Bengal Mix

The crossbreeding of two strong breeds, such as the Maine Coon and the Bengal, results in a beautiful kitty with a bright, independent personality. These mixes can be unpredictable in both appearance and personality. While both breeds are known to be friendly, nice to people, and tolerable of dogs, there is no way to tell if a mixed kitten will get any or all of these personality traits. Keep this in mind when learning about and bringing home one of these unusual mixed kitties.

Temperament

The Bengal Maine Coon mix is a cat that can have a strong personality. They will have a lot of energy, more than a Maine Coon, but less than the high-energy Bengal. Expect a highly active kitty that likes to hunt. Maine Coons are adventurous, and both parent breeds love water, so this breed will likely be a rugged yet gentle kitty. They will want to spend time outdoors but still love cuddles and being with people. Bengals are friendly, but not as much as Maine Coons. The crossbreed of the two will be somewhere in the middle. They may make the chirp-like meow of the Maine Coon. Bengals are less vocal than the Main Coon but let their opinions be known. Expect this crossbreed to be a range of very vocal to a minimally talkative kitty.

This mixed kiddo has a high probability of being very intelligent. Owners can expect them to be clever and highly trainable. This crossbreed may have a stubborn or independent streak. Owners need to make sure they set firm boundaries and start training young. This breed will take longer to mature, so training may need to continue periodically throughout their first few years. These kitties may be prone to a bit of erratic behavior.

Bengals do not do as well with other animals or even felines of different breeds. This makes them somewhat territorial. Any cat mixed with a Bengal will have some level of territorial behavior. Purebred Bengals are often the only pet in the house or are one of a pair of Bengals. Keep this in mind with this mixed breed. They may not be keen on sharing space, toys, or people. Small animals need to be kept secure if sharing a home with one of these bold kitties.

Size & Appearance

Maine Coons are sizable cats, and some may even call them giant. Bengals are smaller; most weigh around 12 or 13 pounds, though they can be larger. A mix of these two breeds will be medium to very large-sized. Males are much more substantial than females, which will impact their size. These mixes will be between 10 and 17 pounds, though some can get noticeably bigger. Regardless of size, this cat will be muscular and have a long body, with a medium to extra-long tail. They will stand between 9 and 17 inches tall, paw to shoulder.

A mixed toy leopard will have physical characteristics of both breeds and may look more like one parent. Ears will be medium to large and may be tufted. Tails may be bushy, depending on if the cat is long or shorter-haired. Eyes can range from green, blue, yellow, amber, or brown.

Coat & Colors

The Bengal Maine Coon mix will have a luxurious coat. They can be semi-long to long-haired. The Maine Coon is a bushy breed, while the Bengal is sleeker and silken. The mixed cat’s coat can be a range of lengths and textures. This mixed breed will have an exotic flair and will likely have colorful, pattern coats, possibly with leopard spots and ringtails. Consider the appearance of the parents as the most accurate predictor of what one of these mixed kitties will look like. There is not much consistency, other than among cats that are directly related, due to the range of differences these two breeds have.

Coat color can vary but may include shades of tan, black, orange, red, gray, charcoal, blue, lilac, and cream. Again, the coloring of parents and older siblings is a good way to indicate what one of these kittens will look like. Keep in mind that even kittens in the same litter can look very different. Just know that this breed will be beautiful and one that will draw attention wherever she goes.

Coat patterns can include spots, stripes, marbling, rosettes, calico coloring, or a blend of one or more different patterns. Some may look like a shaggier Bengal cat, and others may resemble a Maine Coon with leopard-like markings. These kitties will have an exotic look. Those that are first-generation cross breeds will be more unpredictable in appearance than those that are a few generations out. This mixed breed may be bred specifically to cultivate a specific appearance. It is best to look at kittens of previous litters and parent cats to see what genetic traits are dominant in a specific line of mixed cats. For those mixes of unknown origin, it may be harder to tell what their coat patterns and colors will be until they are closer to fully grown.

Grooming & Shedding

Yound bengal cat on its back on carpet and having its tummy tickled

This mixed breed will need regular grooming to keep their coats in top shape. Because of their exotic look and luscious soft fur, daily or every other day, grooming may be necessary. Longer-haired kitties will need more grooming than shorter-haired kitties, but all will need regular brushing and inspection by their owners. This breed does an excellent job of self-grooming. However, owners need to do their parts to ensure that their magnificent coats stay glossy and soft.

Owners will want to pay close attention to the litter box for this mixed breed. Maine Coons can be very meticulous about their litter box, and Bengals are known for their quirky behavior. A mixed breed may be particularly fussy when it comes to the litter box area. For long-haired cats, litter box cleanliness directly relates to their coat condition, as feces and litter can get stuck to their coats. Not only does this deter their glorious appearance, but it is also a health hazard for humans and felines.

The Bengal Maine Coon mix will likely need only occasional bathing. However, because they are a genetic blend of bold feline that really enjoys water, they might enjoy bathing. Regular bathing will keep their coats free of dust, dirt, and pests like fleas or mites. Bathing and brushing are also the perfect time to inspect your cat’s coat and skin for any concerns. Poor skin health means poor coat health, so owners must pay attention to both areas.

Along with regular brushing and occasional bathing, this breed will need their teeth to be brushed once or twice a week. They also need their nails clipped or filed at least once a month. Cats should be provided with scratching posts and mats to help them keep their claws from getting too long or sharp.

Living Requirements

This gorgeous feline is of substantial size and will need a home with plenty of room for them to walk around, run, climb, and hide. These kiddos will have a lot of energy and will need plenty of access to toys and physical activity. A cat with too much energy cooped up can be quite destructive and end up having behavioral concerns. Physical activity benefits both the physical and mental health of cats, and regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor, they will need physical activity daily.

Both parent breeds of this mixed kitty enjoy spending time outside and have high prey drives. So, these kitties will love to run, hunt, and explore. They may do very well being trained to walk on leashes and accompany owners on hikes and daily adventures. Owners will want to be careful always to supervise this cat when they are outside or make sure they have a safe, inescapable enclosure. This breed is quite clever and adept at finding ways to get out. For their safety, they should always be supervised when outside.

Exercise

Physical activity can include walking on a leash, playing fetch, or chasing a ball or laser pointer. Kitties of this mixed breed will need climbing structures such as cat towers or toys like tunnels that allow them to explore and get physical activity.

Aim for one or two focused play sessions a day with this breed, especially for cats left home alone during the day. While they will do fine on their own, they may get bored and need that release of energy and physical activity once owners get home.

Some owners of both the Bengal and Maine Coon breeds may choose to construct outdoor cat porches or steps for them to climb along the walls inside. While an owner does not want to encourage this mixed breed to climb along shelves and furniture, providing them with a cat walkway may be a good idea. As a larger, highly energetic breed, every opportunity for physical activity should be taken.

Training

Expect this crossbreed to be incredibly smart. They can be trained to do many things. Both parent breeds have been compared behaviorally to dogs due to their ability to learn a wide variety of behaviors. However, they may be a challenge to train due to a stubborn streak and unpredictable behavior. Bengal cats are especially known for somewhat erratic behavior, which would be a concern with a mixed breed. Early training, setting firm boundaries, and using positive behavior reinforcement will go a long way with this breed.

Owners will want to set boundaries and establish themselves as pack leader when these kittens are very young. It may be tough to change the behavior of an older cat. Should owners have behavior concerns about these mixes, it is best to talk to a veterinarian and a professional cat trainer to understand why the cat is behaving the way they are and the appropriate measures to take to address this.

All kitties should be trained in basic behavior, including litter box training. It is essential to establish ground rules with litter box training for a mixed breed like this one. Providing cats with multiple litter boxes is a good idea. Cats also need to be trained not to bite or scratch people, not to fight with or attack other pets in the home, to be tolerant of strangers, and not to scratch furniture.

Health

Woman scratching cheek of Maine Coon laying down with eyes closed

Mixed breeds tend to be very healthy cats that live longer than their parents. However, bigger-boned breeds like the Maine Coon can be prone to some hereditary medical conditions. Unless one knows the exact breed makeup of their cat, there is always some uncertainty about their health. Several health conditions can occur throughout a cat’s lifetime that can impact their overall health and life expectancy. These cats can be expected to live 12 to 16 or more years.

Some common conditions that may affect this mixed breed are:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
  • Patellar luxation
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Feline Immunodeficcccccciency Virus (FIV)
  • Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Feline asthma
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Parasites like fleas and ticks
  • A sensitive stomach and digestive concerns

Nutrition

Nutrition will be a significant area of focus for owners with this mixed breed. Bengals and Maine Coons need diets high in protein to support their larger size and high levels of activity. Felines need animal proteins in their diets. This is a must. They cannot get what they need from plants or alternative sources. This considerable kitty should be fed a mixture of wet and dry food.

Owners should look for foods that are high in protein and do not use fillers or protein substitutes. While protein substitutes are often animal by-products, they do not provide the same level of support to a feline. Chicken, fish, beef, and lamb, are all good protein sources. Some owners may want to feed them a raw diet and should consult with a veterinarian before doing so.

While occasional raw bits of chicken or beef can be beneficial and quite tasty, it is a different undertaking to feed a cat a raw food diet. These kiddos will need a careful balance of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and other ingredients to sustain healthy growth. Some owners may look to a high-quality grain-free diet to ensure their cat is getting enough healthy protein. There are some benefits to cats having grains in their diet, including fibers that will help with digestive health. Discuss any major diet changes with your veterinarian.

Kittens

Maine Coon Cat Bengal Mix kittens lying on blanket

As kittens, this mix will be a lot to take care of. They will be very high-energy, need a lot of attention, and may grow to a generous size quite quickly. Owners will need to make a substantial investment in kitten supplies such as beds, crates, toys, blankets, treats, food, teething toys, and more.

This mixed breed is on the higher end when it comes to kitten prices. Because of their exotic look and unusual pairing, they may be hard to find. Finding kittens bred from purebred parents may be more complicated than finding a cat with a more mixed genetic background. A cross breed from purebred parents will cost far more than a more diluted mixed breed. Expect to pay a high price tag for a purebred mix. These kitties can cost anywhere from about $1,000 to over $3,000. It would not be unusual to find breeders asking $2,500 or more. Cats intended for breeding purposes may cost even more.

It would be unlikely to find a mixed breed of this caliber in a shelter or rescue, but not impossible. Cats found in rescues and shelters will be much less expensive than those from specialty breeders. Older cats are often much less costly as there are many in dire need of homes. Talking to your veterinarian is an excellent place to start to ask about reputable rescues, as well as local shelters and national organizations like the Animal Humane Society.

As Family Pets

A Maine Coon Bengal mix can make a fantastic family pet. Because this mixed kitty can be unpredictable, they may not be a great choice for first-time pet owners or homes with very small children or babies. Though this cat will likely have a gentle temperament, they can have some quirky or unusual behavior. They may also be impulsive and prone to territorial behavior. With a high prey drive, homes with small pets like rodents, snakes, and birds may want to think twice about bringing one of these natural hunters home. They may not like other cats, especially cats of different breeds. Early socialization with both people and animals, as well as structured training with positive behavior reinforcement, will be needed for this breed.

These cats can retain a high energy level and kitten-like behaviors well into their adult years. They take much longer than some other breeds to mature, which may explain why they retain such a youthful personality. Remember that all mixed felines are unpredictable, especially cross breeds with Maine Coons and Bengals.

This kitty will be an affectionate, intelligent, quite magnificent-looking feline with a bit of a wild streak. They can be costly to maintain and will require high-quality food rich in animal protein throughout their lives. This kitty may not be a great choice for owners on a tight budget, as they require a significant amount of food and regular veterinary care to stay healthy and live long lives.

Final Thoughts

A Bengal Maine Coon mix is a curious, grand cross breed of two splendid felines. Though their appearance and behavior may be unpredictable, owners will never tire of cuddling and playing with this amazing cat. They will require regular grooming and a lot of attention and exercise. A Maine Coon Bengal mix is not the most common of cats. These incredible felines will need dedicated owners ready to make them a top priority. They may be hard to find, but these regal mixed kitties are wonderful feline companions for the right owner.

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