Devoted, loving and playful.
Where I'm From
Could a cat from Maine in the USA have mated with a racoon, to produce a large long haired cat with a tail like a racoon?
The answer is no. What is true is that this unusual breed did originate in Maine in the USA, most likely in the 1850's, when longhaired cats brought back by sailors mated with domestic shorthairs. The result was the Maine Coon, a big strong cat with a distinctive, large and bushy, racoon like tail.
Today the Maine Coon is one of the world's largest breeds of domestic cats, and is America's second most popular breed.
What I Look Like
Maine Coons are considered the 'gentle giants' of the cat world. They can weigh up to 15 kilograms, and typically have a solid, muscular body with a broad chest.
Their distinctive thick, dense coat is soft and silky and comes in a wide range of colours, but the most common pattern is brown tabby.
Their heavy all-weather coat requires regular combing to keep it smooth and healthy.
How I Act
Maine Coons are often said to be more like a dog than a cat because they love to play fetch.
The also lack the aversion to water found in most other cats. They can often be seen splashing in the sink or scooping water up with their paws from their water bowls.
Maine Coons are curious by nature and want to know everything that is going around them. They are loved for their playfulness and devotion to their families.
Am I the pet for you?
The Maine Coon has a delightful temperament and gets along well with other cats and dogs. They love the company of people and are suitable for families with children.
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