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The Maine Coon is a very large and semi-longhaired cat. Its appearance is between a semi-wild domestic cat and raccoons (genetically impossible, but hence the name).
Size is large, boning strong and heavy.
The body together with the legs form more or less a rectangle. The body is very muscular, powerful and long, exhibiting exceptional strength. The legs are medium long and strong with large tufted paws.
The shape of the head is a broad, rather rectangular wedge where the muzzle is prominent and square.
When viewed from the side the head is longer, the broad nose shows a gentle curve in the upper part.
The muzzle (also called 'the box') is prominent and square, the chin very firm.
Ears are strikingly large and wide at the base, and set well apart, with their long lynx-tufts on the tips they give this certain wild expression.
Eyes are large and oval in shape, slightly slanted towards the base of the ears. There is no specific relation between coat colour and eye colour.
The shaggy coat is of uneven length, shorter at the shoulders, on the belly it is longer, and on the hind legs there can be seen trousers. The cat has little undercoat, the coat is silky to touch.
The tail is very long, its length should be the same measure from the base of the spine to the neck, its hair is bushy.

Maine Coon black mackerel tabby

Maine Coon red tabby

Maine Coons exist in almost all colours and patterns, except in colourpoint. Colour can be with silver, and with any amount of white.
There is no correlation between colour or pattern of the coat and the eye colour.

Maine Coon black tabby with white


The origin of the Maine Coon is not known for sure, some believe that its ancestors have come from the Norwegian Forest cat, some believe that the breed is the result from matings in Maine. Another story tells that a cat was brought by ship to Maine by a captain called Coon, and that it escaped and mated with the semi-wild domestic cats living in the forests.
This breed exists already for a rather long time. Maine Coons were shown in many early exhibitions, the black and white Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines was the first Maine Coon to win 1861 at Boston and New York shows.
With the appearance of the luxuriously long coated Persian at the turn of the 20th century the Maine Coon lost its popularity. The interest in this breed rekinkled in the 1950s and became extensive by the 1970s.
Whatever origin the breed might have, it must be noted that breeders discovered this wonderful cats and carefully bred them to keep that original "wild look" of its semi-wild ancestors.

Maine Coon red tabby with white

Maine Coon black torbie with white


Maine Coon blacktabby with white


The males tend to be possessive of their owner and are extremely loyal. Females may appear sometimes to be grumpy, but it is a bluff. They may first growl, and if this doesn't work, they will 'huff and puff'. Females are excellent mothers, which is as well as litters may have seven, eight or more kittens.
Maine Coons are very intelligent and show keen interest for their surroundings. They are easy and amiable cats, and it is easy to get along with them when they know you. They do not always want to be held, but want to be close to their people, following them from room to room.
They are very quiet, although when they see something interesting they may stand on their hind legs like a bear and make a chirping sound.
These cats are truly the gentle giants, they own you, not the other way around.


The Maine Coon has very little undercoat and semi-long hairs. Their coat has no tendency to get filthy or matted. They do not need to be bathed or excessively combed and brushed. Grooming is rather easy, from time to time one should lightly brush them so that the old and dead hairs get out from the coat.



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