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Maine Coon

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Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is one of the largest breed of domestic cats. They have medium-long, dense fur with a ruff on their chest similar to the mane of a lion. Their double-layer coat is generally very soft. The most common color/pattern in this breed is brown with tabby markings; however, all colors are recognized. Maine Coons also have a distinct "M" shape on their foreheads. This breed has a broad, angular head with squared-off muzzles. The ears are wide-set and are topped with tufts of fur similar to the Lynx. The eyes are large, expressive and wide set. The substantial legs are wide set and are of medium length. They have long hair on the backs of their legs and between their toes for added warmth. Paws are large, round and well-tufted. The tail is very long, bushy and plumed.

Temperament The Maine Coon is known as "the gentle giant". Because of their above-average intelligence, Maine Coons are known to be one of the easiest cat breeds to train. They have the ability to trill, which sounds like a combination of purring and meowing. They do not like to eat alone, preferring the company of another cat or humans. They enjoy playing with water, dipping toys in their water and may tip over their water bowl. Playing fetch is their favorite game and they may bring a ball over, drop it at your feet and wait for the ball to be thrown. Though not considered a "lap cat", Maine Coons are affectionate, amiable and make great family cats.
Height / Weight Male 13-22 lbs.; Female 7-11 lbs. Height: 40" or more
Health Problems The Maine Coon is generally a hardy cat. Minor concerns include hip dysplasia, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and gum disease.
Living Conditions This breed loves to enjoy a garden or a yard to exercise and hunt in. It will do great in an apartment if it is allowed time outside regularly.
Exercise They love to join their owners in getting mail, walking the dog and may also come when beckoned, even if outside. They are playful and active and enjoy playing with others and exercising itself.
Life Expectancy 13 or more years
Grooming Though they are a massive, long-haired breed, they require only moderate grooming. Brush weekly. They shed profusely in the summer.
Origin The Maine Coon is one of the first true American breeds. Some say that the breed was formed by crossing the house cat and a raccoon, although this is biologically impossible. Another more reasonable tale is that the Maine Coon originated from the house cat that became semi-wild and developed the heavier, denser coat in order to protect itself from the harsh weather. The most acceptable explanation is that they developed from breeding house cats and Angoras in Maine. This breed was the first to be shown in cat shows. The Maine Coon is the second most popular breed in America, second only to the Persian, and was recognized by the CFA in 1976.