The Maine Coon is the oldest Native American longhair breed of cat. They are the official cat of the state of Maine and first appeared at cat shows in New York in the late 1800’s.
Many myths and legends surround the Maine Coon cat. A wide-spread (though biologically impossible) belief is that it originated from matings between semi-wild, domestic cats and raccoons. Hence the name, Maine Coon. Another popular theory was that the Maine Coons sprang from the six pet cats that Marie Antoinette sent to Wiscasset, Maine when she was planning to escape from France during the French Revolution. (Unfortunately, her escape was cut short). Most breeders today believe that the breed originated in matings between overseas longhairs (perhaps Angora types introduced by New England seamen, or longhairs brought to America by the Vikings) and shorthair domestic cats.
Maine Coons develop slowly over a 3 to 4 year period of time. Their dispositions remain kittenish throughout their lives; they are big, gentle, good-natured goofs. Their clown-like personalities, affectionate natures and willingness to “help” with any activity make them excellent companions for large, active families that also enjoy having dogs and other animals. Their voices are distinct and set them apart from other cats. They have a chirping trill, which they use for everything from courting to cajoling their people into playing with them. (Maine Coons live to play and most will retrieve small items).
They are a large breed with a long body and a tail at least equal in length to the torso. They have large expressive eyes ranging in color from gold to green. (Whites can have blue eyes). Their coat is glossy, heavy and water-resistant. It is a shag coat, longer on the ruff, stomach and britches. The tail is very bushy.
Maine Coons come in all colors and patterns except chocolate, lavender and pointed, with or without white.
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Karen & Steve McInchak
Karen and Steve McInchak