Maine Coon Temperament & Personality Traits

Rubeus Hagrid, Chewbacca, and—the Maine Coon? What do these things have in common? If you guessed a lustrous mane, you’re absolutely right. But these sweet-natured “characters” are gentler than their massive size and shaggy appearance suggests. Yup, they’re gentle giants. Let’s dive into the characteristics that make the majestic Maine Coon stand out from the rest.

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Last Updated: April 19, 2024 | 4 min read

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The Maine Coon is a natural breed of North America that was first recognized in Maine, later becoming the cat’s namesake. While the breed began as a glorified mouser, its significant size made it famous among cat fanciers. The novelty of this cat’s size (big, shockingly big), combined with their easy-going temperament and friendly disposition, has made the Maine Coon an extremely popular breed.

If you’re lucky enough to meet a Maine Coon, you know they’re sweet and friendly—if not slightly shy—but get to know them and these cats are downright chatterboxes. They are very vocal and do not hesitate to request your attention.

The temperament of the Maine Coon is one of the key reasons that people fall in love with these cats. Maine Coons are so social that they’re often called the “dogs of the cat world.” But never fear—if you’re a “cat person” through and through, you’ll still love the endearing nature of these gentle giants.

Maine Coon Characteristics

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Don’t let this big cat fool you. They can have a shy streak.

The Maine Coon is outgoing without being overbearing. When you first meet a Maine Coon, they may act timid, but get them comfortable, and these cats are happy to socialize.

You might call the Maine Coon’s temperament sanguine. They are cheerful, optimistic, and activity-prone. They are a popular breed for people who want an adventure cat—a curious, active, and energetic cat who will happily explore the outdoors. Maine Coons are the perfect companion for people who love to hike, camp, and spend time in nature. These cats are intelligent and can be leash-trained for endless adventures. Just remember to use a cat tracker to keep tabs on this active breed.

If you’re not one for hiking trails, you’ll need to keep this active breed busy. While these cats are easygoing, they also need plenty of enrichment to prevent boredom.

Despite being cautious around strangers, Maine Coon are known for being loyal to their family. These adorable cats have an independent streak and won’t be too clingy. Still, if you give them attention, they’ll happily take it.

Maine Coon Personality

While personality is highly subjective, the Maine Coon breed is known for certain personality traits. First, these cats have big personalities. They’re friendly to people they know and can even be downright goofy. Maine Coon’s are considered kitten-like well into adulthood.

While many consider the breed extroverted, this is not always the case. Maine Coons are known for being affectionate, sociable, and chatty, but they can also appear timid.

Shyness could result from improper socialization as a kitten, environmental changes, and stress and anxiety. If your Maine Coon appears timid, give them lots of time and safe space. A comfortable environment can help a Maine Coon come out of its timidness.

Of course, being introverted isn’t a bad thing, and if your Maine Coon is naturally more introverted, that’s okay too. Female Maine Coons are typically more reserved than their male counterparts, but they are equally loving and affectionate when the cuddling is on their terms.

Maine Coon Behavior

Maine Coon’s display typical feline behaviors—scratching, jumping, napping, kneading, and rubbing—but they also have a few unique practices that set them apart.

First, Maine Coons are very vocal. These cats speak softly and quietly, typically in chirps and trills. Your Maine Coon may also meow or yowl when they want attention.

Second, these felines typically love water. People speculate that the Maine Coon’s water-resistant fur makes them more inclined to venture into water. Regardless, this breed has a fascination with water. We love these robot fish toys for cats who can’t resist tap, tap, tapping at any water source.

Finally, Maine Coons are very intelligent and are fast learners. To keep these cats engaged, use puzzle feeders and interactive toys. You can also teach your gentle giant to walk on a leash or talk with communication buttons.

Like many other cats, Maine Coons will have long periods of napping with short bursts of activity. To help your feline burn energy, take advantage of your vertical space with cat trees, perches, and wall-mounted shelves. Just make sure you purchase sturdy pieces to support this kitty’s size.

My Personal Experience With Maine Coon Temperament

Taras Maine coon on a table.
Catsby is the epitome of a gentle giant. A typical Maine Coon, Catsby is sometimes timid but also sweet and affectionate.

I regularly cat-sit for a Maine Coon named The Great Catsby, “Catsby” for short. Catsby is the sweetest, calmest cat. He always welcomes me at the door when I visit, quickly flopping on the floor to stretch and expose his belly.

He’s a big fan of playtime, and I’ve noticed it’s quite gentle compared to the rambunctious, all-out play of my two domestic felines.

Maine Coons are known for being a talkative breed, and Catsby is no exception. Like other Maine Coons, he tends towards chirps and trills over meowing. It’s super adorable.

Overall, my experience with Maine Coons has found them to be very easygoing and affectionate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about Maine Coon temperament. Don’t see yours? Ask us in the comments.

Is A Maine Coon A Good Family Cat?

The laid-back nature of the Maine Coon makes them a perfect fit for families with children and other pets. These cats are curious and intelligent, making them a good choice for training and teaching tricks. They’ll happily socialize with the whole family.

Do Maine Coons Like To Cuddle?

Maine Coons are giant lap cats—they love to cuddle. These cats want to share affection and display their love in many ways, including cuddling, following from room to room, making biscuits, giving you head bumps, purring in your presence, showing you their tummy, and bringing you dead animals (or toys).

Are Maine Coon Cats High Maintenance?

No, Maine Coons aren’t high-maintenance. This breed made our list of low-maintenance cats thanks to their easy-going temperament. You can also find the breed listed under the 11 calmest cat breeds.

Because they developed naturally, Maine Coons are also much healthier than other pedigree breeds. Still, these cats do require frequent grooming. View our picks for the best grooming tools for Maine Coons.

Maine Coon Costs

Are you ready to bring a Maine Coon into your family? Before pulling the trigger, read our guide on Maine Coon costs, including breeder costs, supplies, food, and medical care. You can also compare the Maine Coon to other popular breeds, such as the Ragdoll, Bengal, and Siberian.

From there, browse Maine Coon colors, including rare colors like solid red and silver.

Finally, view our list of 360 Maine Coon cat names to discover the perfect name for your furry friend.

Why Trust Love Your Cat?

Tara is a feline owner with over 20 years of experience. She is dedicated to providing the best content to humans to improve their pets’ lives. She is currently the cat sitter to one absolute sweetheart of a Maine Coon, Catsby, and is the roommate to two sassy domestic shorthairs, Luna and Lucy.

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