This beautiful, semi-longhaired cat is named after the US state of Maine and the raccoon native to the area.
The ideal weight range for a male Maine Coon is 6-9 kg (13-20lbs) and 4-5.5 kg (9-12lbs) for a female.
A healthy Maine Coon should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of 12-13 years.
The Maine Coon is seen in black, blue, cream, red, tortoiseshell, blue tortie, white self, smoke and shaded colours; brown, red, blue, cream, tortie, and blue tortie tabby; silver tabby; bicolours.
The Maine Coon does in some ways resemble the raccoon with its thick coat of distinctive colouring and bushy tail. One theory is that the breed originated from feral cats mating with raccoons, though this is biologically impossible. It is most likely that the Maine Coon came from Angora or Norwegian Forest cats brought in by sailors and mated with local short-hair cats
The Maine Coon is a very large cat. The head is large and square. The legs are long and the paws are big and round. The coat is thick and shaggy. The coat at the front is considerably shorter than at the back. It is soft and silky and is easy to groom.
Maine Coons can be quite independent and appear aloof. They enjoy company, but are undemanding for attention. The breed is intelligent and can learn tricks such as retrieving. They can also be taught to walk on a lead. They require plenty of exercise and are not really suited to an indoor life. They can be quite vocal with a unique ‘chirping’ sound.
The Maine Coon is also known as the Coon Cat, Maine Cat, Maine Shag, Snowshoe Cat, American Longhair and the Gentle Giant.
The breed is generally healthy and hardy, but new owners should consult their breeder about the following health issues that have been found in the breed including: