Maine Coon Breed

Native to the state of Maine, the Maine Coon is one of the oldest domestic cat breeds in North America. Although its exact date of origin is unknown, the breed is known to have been shown as early as the mid 1800s. Although long-haired breeds introduced in the early 1900s threatened the popularity of the breed, it has since regained popularity to become of one the world’s favorite cats.

Maine Coons are independent and people-oriented at the same time. Although they will bond with, be loyal to their families, and enjoy being close to the action, they are also easily amused and can find ways to play on their own for hours. Though active and playful, they do not jump and explore the way many other breeds do, preferring to play close to the ground with whatever toys are available. Males tend to be more playful than female counterparts, but both are affectionate. Easy-going, gentle, and adaptable, Maine Coons are sweet and friendly with children and other animals. Many Maine Coons show a special interest in water and will show up to help when you’ve started washing the dishes or showering. Maine Coons are also well known for their vocalizations, from yowling to chirping.

The Maine Coon is noted for it’s distinctively large bone structure and rectangular body shape. Large and heavy, male Maine Coons can weigh anywhere from 15 to 25 pounds, while females range from 10 to 15 pounds. Their bodies are solid and muscular, their chests are broad and their tails are long and resemble a raccoon’s. Their eyes are distinctively large, oval, and set at a slight angle.

The Maine Coon’s coat is also one of its distinguishing features. Soft, silky and long, the water resistant coat developed as a way to survive harsh winters. Texture and length may vary, but coats are generally longer on the stomach, flanks, and in a ruff around the neck. Minimal grooming is required thanks to a very light undercoat. While the most common color is brown tabby, Maine Coons are seen in a wide variety of color and pattern, including ticked and pointed.

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