- Breed Size:
- Height: 25-40 cm
- Weight: 3-8 kg
- Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
- Learning Rate: High
- Country of Origin: United States, Maine
One of the largest cat breeds, the Maine Coon is a natural cat breed that is affectionate. They are solid inbuilt and can adjust to any climate conditions. It is easy to recognize the cat due to their shagged coat. They are lovable and have a hardy disposition when it comes to situations. They are playful and open but reserved in front of people they do not know.
Maine Coon’s physicality has a lot to say about their personality. It is the largest domesticated cat breed and has impressive physical attributes. They are big-boned with a massive cover of fur that makes them look even more majestic. They are medium in size with a rectangular-shaped body structure.
They have a medium size head with a square muzzle and large tufted ears. Maine Coon has beautiful large oval-shaped eyes in beautiful shades of green, blue copper, gold, or green-gold. Blue eyes or odd eyes are most common in cats with white patterned cats. They have a beautiful long free-flowing tail. You can find the Maine Coon in different shades of red, blue, white, cream, black, tabby, or calico.
Maine Coons are good-natured cats that adapt well to all kinds of lifestyles. They love hanging with their favorite humans and look forward to attention, but when they see you busy with your chores, they’ll patiently wait until you are done.
Although they love jumping and climbing, they usually prefer ground level to sit, such as a sofa and bed. They are not particularly vocal but interacts with sweet soft meows and purrs. Maine Coons are kitten like even when they are all grown up. They like playing around like kittens, especially when they have a favorite toy to the sport. The males are more silly in personality, whereas the females are more dignified.
Maine Coons are kid-friendly and are pretty gentle while playing with younger kids. They are equally lovable towards other pets and cats at home, even with dogs if they are introduced well and at an early stage. However, the same cannot be said for their attitude towards strangers. They are aloof towards strangers and wouldn’t prefer being picked up, held, or cuddled.
The best thing you can give a Maine Coon is a happy and comfortable home. They deserve to be part of an affectionate family who would play and spend quality time with them. You can leave a Maine Coon alone but not for extended hours. Staying alone for long can make them feel anxious and trigger their aggressive or destructive nature.
The Maine Coon is believed to be the long-haired cat that traveled to Maine with the American travelers. Those traveler cats mated with the local short-haired cats, and the new breed produced was the Maine Coon cat we know today, which is also America’s native long-haired cat breed. Regarding the cat’s name, some believe that it was derived from the place Maine, while others speculate that the name was derived from the raccoon since the cat’s tail resembles that of a raccoon.