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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. Fortu