Maine Coon Cat
Breed Profile - Breed Information with Description &
Maine Coon Photos
Maine Coon Breeders (Australia
of the oldest natural breeds in North America, regarded as a native of the state
of Maine (in fact, the Maine Coon is the official Maine State Cat) A number of
attractive legends surround it's origin. A wide spread (though biologically
impossible) belief is that it originated from matings between semi -wild,
domestic cats and raccoons. This myth, bolstered by the bushy tail and the most
common colouring (a raccoon like brown tabby) led to the adoption of the name
"Maine Coon." (originally only brown tabbies were as "Maine Shags.") Another
popular theory is that the Maine sprang from the six pet cats which Marie
Antoinette sent to Wiscasset, Maine when she was planning to escape from France
during the French Revolution. Most breeders today believe that the breed
originated in matings between pre-existing shorthaired domestic cats and
overseas longhairs (perhaps Angora types introduced by New England seamen, or
longhairs brought to America by Vikings).
Maine Coons were well established
more than a century ago as a hardy, handsome breed of domestic cat, well
equipped to survive the
hostile New England winters.
Nature is not soft-hearted.
It selects the biggest, the brightest, the best fighters, the best hunters to
generations. Planned breeding of Maine Coons are relatively recent. Since early
breeding began Maine Coon breeders have sought to preserve the Maine Coon's
"natural," rugged qualities.
The ideal Maine Coon is a strong healthy cat.
Maine Coons are a
very large cat and it is not unusual for a male to weigh more than 9 kilos. The
females weigh in at a little less. The Maine Coon has a long shaggy coat
which is silky to feel. The Maine Coons coat is is water resistant and they are
very easily groomed. Maine Coons have tufted ears and an extra long flowing
Maine Coons are a
loyal gentle cat. They are often known as the Gentle Giant of the cat world.
They are a vocal breed with a variety of meows, chirps and trills. They are very
sociable and get on well with children and other pets. They love to be part of
the family and will join in most family activities.
The Maine Coon is
well known for it's loving nature, friendly disposition and great intelligence.
They can be easily trained to walk on a leash. They also have a love of water so
don't be surprised if they join in the bath time activities in the household.
Maine Coon's come in a wide
variety of colours including Brown, Red, Cream, Silver, Blue, Smoke, Black,
White and dilutions of all these colours. They also come in different patterns
like Tabby, Tortie, Torbie, Mackerel, Patch, Solid. These colours and patterns
can be either with or without White. Eye colour also varies but green is most
common with the occasional gold and odd eye colour sometimes showing
Interestingly, the breed closest
to the Maine Coon is the
Norwegian Forest Cat which, although geographically distant, evolved in much
the same climate and lends credence to the theory that some of the cats
responsible for developing the Maine Coon were brought over by the Vikings.
Pictures below courtesy of Xquizit Maine
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Maine Coon Breeders (Australia Only)