About Maine Coons

The Maine Coon is one of the worlds oldest breeds of cats but has only recently become popular in the UK.  They are the largest of the domestic cats with males especially growing up to 20lbs +.  They are classed as a semi long haired cat with beautiful long silky fur and a huge bushy tail.

The Maine Coon originates from the USA and the name is thought to come from the belief that a domestic cat mated with a racoon thus producing a cat with a racoon like tail!! 

Maine coons make fantastic pets, they are highly intelligent and are often referred to as the dog of the cat world.  They are highly trainable and many people train them as they would a dog.  They can also quickly learn skills such as fetch and even to use a human toilet.  Many can open doors including fridges!  They are a very sociable breed and enjoy human and other cat company although not particularly a lap cat.  Not that many people would have a lap big enough anyway.  They enjoy climbing and so will often be found on top of cupboards, wardrobes etc. 

What do they look like?  Maine coons come in a wide variety of colours and shades and can be solids, torties or tabbies.  They have big muscular bodies and long legs.  They generally have a square shaped face and muzzle with a long jaw.  Their ears are very large and usually have long fur inside with distinctive 'lynx' tips on the tops.  Their tail is their pride and joy and should be about the same length as their body.  Their feet should also be well furred with tufts on the bottoms.  Their coats are very long and think but due to the consistency the fur is silky rather than fluffy due to having two layers.  This means that it is easy to maintain and does not require as much grooming as other breeds such as persians.

One of the most distinctive features of the Maine coon is their voice!  Generally they have a chirp rather than a miaow which is an unusual sound and is a small voice for such a large cat!  Generally Maine Coons are a fantastic breed and once you have been bitten by the Maine Coon bug one will never be enough!

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