The Maine Coon is considered a native American breed that occurred naturally in the north-eastern areas of the United States and in north-eastern Canada.
Gentle and affectionate, Maine Coons make excellent pets and family members.
The Maine Coon cat is the largest of all pedigree breeds. Known for its impressive size and outstanding personality, the Maine Coon takes three to four years to achieve full growth, with males averaging 14 to 18 pounds and females proportionally smaller at 9 to 13 pounds, though many have been known to be larger.
The Maine Coon has a medium-wide head with high cheekbones, a squarish muzzle and a strong chin. Their eyes are obliquely set, usually green or gold but sometimes copper.
They sport large ears that are wide at the base tapering to a lynx-tipped point that are set high on the head about an ears width apart at the base. They feature striking, bobcat-like tufts that curl out to the sides of the head from within the ears.
The Maine Coon has a low-maintenance, semi-long flowing coat. The coat does not have a large amount of undercoat and has evolved with a large frontal ruff, quite short-over the shoulders, heavy and shaggy down the back and sides, ending in beautiful pantaloons on the cat's hind legs.
One of the most impressive characteristics of the Maine Coon is its tail. Full at the base and taping to a point with long guard hairs that flow when the cat walks, the tail has enough undercoat to make it bushy and full.
Since 1976, all cat associations in America have recognised the breed for championship status. Currently the Maine Coon cat is experiencing a tremendous surge in popularity all around the world.
Maine Coons come in a variety of patterns and colours. So much variety in the Maine Coon colour/pattern exists that, every cat love can find a cat to suit his or her colour and pattern preference.