Breed Rating (2 Reviews)
The Maine Coon is a breed from Maine, not surprisingly. It is the official State Cat for Maine (did you know such a thing existed?), and there are various legends about its beginnings. One of the sillier stories says that feral cats mated with racoons... not a biological possibility, of course. The story was no doubt inspired by the breed's bushy raccoon-like tail and tabby coat, and that is where the 'Coon' part of the name comes from.
In reality, it is likely that the breed originated when shorthaired domestic cats mated with longhaired cats brought in from other States, or perhaps from Europe. This probably happened in the mid-19th century.
Maine Coons have always been popular at cat shows in the US. The breed's first champion took the stage in 1895, when a cat show at Madison Square Garden was won by a female, brown tabby Maine Coon called Cosie, who won best in show.
Maine Coons are independent and lively cats. They enjoy their own company, and are not the type of breed that pesters its owner for attention. They reman a bit aloof, but are still happy to curl up on the sofa next to you. They are in their element outdoors.
Maine Coons come in a wide variety of colors but are always long haired.
- Status: Common
- Place of Origin: USA
- Rough date of Origin: 1800s
- Hair length: Longhair
- Activity Level: Medium
- Vocalness: Low
- Child friendly: Good with children
- Playfullness: Moderate
- Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
- Weight: 4.0 - 7.5kg
- Size: Large
- House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
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