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Maine Coon

The gentle giant... (other names: American Longhair, American Shag, American Forest Cat, American Snughead, Maine Trick Cat)

Maine Coon
origin:USA
weight:4 to 10 kg
size: Medium-Largefur type: long
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History [ edit ]

The Maine Coon, also known as American Longhair, American Shag, American Forest Cat, American Snughead and Maine Trick Cat, is a large breed of cat, that developped naturally in North America, where it is considered one of the oldest natural breeds. It is also one of the largest domestic breeds. How the Maine Coon came into being is a mistery. There is a legend that says the Maine Coon is desdenced from Marie Antoinette’s Angora cats, smuggled into America by Captain Clough in attempt to save the queen’s belongings and later the Queen herself.  Marie Antoinette’s Angora cats were interbred with the shorthaired domestics. Other myths place the Maine Coon as the offspring of a mating between a cat and a raccoon, a cat and a lynx or as descendants of Angoras brought from Turkey by American sailors in the 17th century. The most probable theory is the one that claims Maine Coons are descendants of long haired and short haired cats brought into America by the first settlers as rat and mice hunters. Through a natural selection process, these cats developped physical characteristics, such as a water-resistant coat and a hardy constitution, that allowed them to survive the harsh winters and scarce food. The Maine Coon is generally regarded as a native of the state of Maine, after which the breed was named. Their beauty, intelligence, hardiness and hunter’s ability made Maine Coons one of the most favourite working cat breeds in North America. However, the introduction of the Persian, Angora and other Exotic breeds into America nearly lead to the extinction of the Maine Coon by the middle of the 20th century. Fortunately, a small group of breeders joined efforts to preserve this breed and with an enormous sucess: today, the Maine Coon ranks second in the list of the most admired cats in North America and has a long list of followers all over the world.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Maine Coon is a large, tall, muscular and big-boned cat, rugged in appearance and with a square outline of the head. His most distinctive feature is as smooth, shaggy, water-resistant coat, shorter on the shoulders and longer on the stomach and britches. They are slow to develop, reaching their full weight and size at 3 ou 4 years. Females generally are smaller than males.The body is large, long, muscular, with substantial boning and medium to large in size. The chest is broad and the back is level. The legs are substantial, wide set and medium in length to form a rectangle with the body. The feet are large, round and well tufted between the toes, which are five in the forelegs and four in the hindlegs. The head is broad, slightly longer in length than in width a gently curving forehead and a squareness to the muzzle. The cheekbones are high and prominent and the chin is wide and deep enough to complete the square look of the muzzle. The large, slightly oval but not almond shaped eyes are widely set and very expressive. There is no relationship between coat and eye colour which is any shade of green and/or gold or blue or odd-eyes in whites and particolors. The ears are large, well-tufted, wide at base and moderately pointed. They are set high on head with a very slight outward tilt.The tail is long, wide at base, and tapering, with full, flowing fur. The bushy tail can wrap around the cat when he curls up to sleep to protect him from cold winters.The coat is heavy, water-resistant, shaggy and silky, shorter on shoulders, and gradually lengthening down the back and sides, with long, full shaggy baggy trousers on the hind legs. The Maine Coon comes in many color schemes and patterns. The Particolors should show some white on all four feet.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Maine Coon is a highlly intelligent, good-natured cat, sometimes called the gentle giant. They are extremelly devoted to their human families and generally they tend to bond forever with one family or with one member of the family. Their voice, tiny high-pitched squeaks, contrasts strongly with their huge size. They are very efficient hunters, very agile and fast. Maine Coons have a playful nature and love playing “fetch” with their owners. They should be given plenty of toys. They also love water and dab their feet in it whenever they can. This beautiful breed, gets along quite well with dogs and due to their kindly disposition, their clown-like personality and amusing habits and tricks, makes an ideal playmate for the children.
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09.10
Dogfan22 said:
they are wonderful cat
08.06
Tannizynha said:
Amazing and sweety Cat!