Maine Coon

The Maine Coon cat is an old breed believed to have originated in the state of Maine over one hundred years ago. How this jovially-tempered long-haired cat first developed is unknown, but their bushy tails, large paws, and heavy builds have sparked many myths. Of these legends is the mistaken belief that they began as the result of a crossing between domestic cats and wild raccoons. It is most likely that Maine Coons were the natural result of the pairings of American short-hairs and European long-hairs. Maine Coons are identified by the several physical features which they have adapted to cope with the harsh winters of New England. These are large cats, with large, oval eyes which range from gold to green. Their shiny semi-long coat is thick and resistant to water, and is virtually maintenance free because of the smooth way it falls. The tail of the Maine Coon is very long and characteristically bushy. The coloration and pattern of their coats varies considerably. While the most widespread is the brown classic or mackerel tabby, they are also found in the solid colors of white, red, blue and black. In addition, they may be found in silver patterns or tortoise shell, and any coat pattern may also exhibit white markings. If white is found in the coat, the eyes may be blue instead of the normal color range. An adult male Maine Coon can commonly weigh 13-18 pounds, while the female averages 9-13 pounds. Their voice is high-pitched and seems completely unmatched to their size. Maine Coons are attractive with correspondingly endearing personalities to match their size. The behavior of the Maine Coon is unlike that of many other breeds of cats. Their personality is often described as amusing and confident, and they develop individual habits that people find humorous. The Maine Coon is extremely independent: They have no constant need to seek out affection, and yet they very much enjoy being around others. They do very well around children and other cats. They especially seem to prefer the company of dogs. Rarely will the Maine Coon sit in one’s lap, as they prefer to be at their owners’ feet. Maine Coons have a tendency to follow their owners around the house, seemingly ready to offer whatever services they are able. Built for life on the ground, they are not ideal jumpers. They have extremely quick reflexes, however, and with their strong limbs and large paws adapted for catching scurrying animals, they enjoy playing games with their owners. As an intelligent cat, many are able to learn tricks.
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