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Maine Coon - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA

Colours: Any

Size: Large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

The appearance of Maine Coons can make you think they are of the blood royal.

Maine Coons are one of the largest and most popular domestic cats. Originated in the USA, they will win your heart with beauty and affectionate temperament.

Physical characteristics

Maine Coons are large cats with an appearance that makes you think they are of the blood royal. They have a muscular and well-boned body, which is a result of adaptation to severe weather conditions. The neck is medium long. The legs are medium length and have large well-tufted paws that are perfect for walking on snow. The luxurious furry tail is long and tapering. The head is medium size and square at first sight. This impression is a result of very prominent whisker pads and a strong chin, which are similar to those of big wild cats. Another distinctive feature of Maine Coons is their large ears with fabulous tufts, which can make you think you are a happy owner of a little domestic lynx. The slightly slanted eyes are large too and very expressive; they can be shades of green, gold, green-gold, blue, and copper. Sometimes Maine Coons can have odd eyes.
Adult males generally weigh 14 to 20 pounds, while adult females weigh about 9 to 12 pounds. As you can see, the difference between the genders is quite noticeable. However, females do not tend to think they are anyhow smaller than males. Some owners say that female Maine Coons are slightly less easy-going than other female cats.

Temperament

Seldom will you find a cat whose big heart fits its big size. Maine Coons are very devoted, although it can take a couple of months for a new kitty to get used to a new environment. Breeders say it is a decision-making period, when the cat decides what to do with the new home and new owners (or how to train them better, others would say). When this period is over, the cat will surely surprise you with its affection and active participation in house life. Whether you want to surf the net, make the bed, wash dishes, or read a book, you will unexpectedly find your Maine Coon just beside, ready to keep you company so you do not get bored too fast.
Maine Coons have a fabulous tail. Photo by Milomaine
Fortunately, activity level of these cats is average so it is very likely they will get bored sooner than you. Even though they do like being near their loved ones, Maine Coons cannot be called lap cats. Perhaps, this is how they try to be in line with the king look the nature gave them: have you ever seen a king on someone's lap? The only thing that can tarnish this impression is their voice. You can hardly expect those high-pitched squeaks coming out of such an impressive creature. But well, does not it make Maine Coons even more adorable?
Maine Coons are playful till old age. They enjoy water and can find playing with it to be a pleasant amusement.

Coat and grooming

The fabulous coat of Maine Coons makes them look even bigger. Actually, the coat is something to catch your eye. Dense, long, water-resistant, suitable for all weather, does not tangle much... what else can a cat (and a cat owner) dream of? The coat is slightly longer on the tummy. Grooming twice a week should work just fine. Tabby is the most common pattern in Maine Coons. However, these cats come in any patterns and colours except chocolate, lavender, the pointed pattern, and these combined with white.

Health

Basically, Maine Coons are healthy and resilient. However, some inherited diseases are known, such as Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Hip Dysplasia. Make sure to talk with your breeder about these or other possible illnesses.

Other interesting facts

Maine Coons grow up slowly and reach their full size and musculature when they are about four years old.