Country of Origin: United States
Breed Classification: Semi Longhaired
Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 4-6 kg
Litter Size: 4-6 kittens
Life span: 10-15 years
All colors and patterns except for the pointed colors and pattern that would indicate hybridization.
Heavy and shaggy; silky with coat falling smoothly; shorter on shoulders and longer on stomach and britches; frontal ruff desirable.
The Maine Coon is known for its large size, easygoing temperament, and rugged appearance. Also known as the "gentle giant" of the cat family, It is not unusual to find males who weigh over twenty pounds with females generally smaller though still considerably larger than the average housecat. These cats are well adapted to surviving the harsh, cold winters of their native New England. Main Coons have a long, rectangular body, large bones, and an overall look of a sturdy cat who is a great hunter. Maine Coons also have square muzzles, high cheekbones, large oval eyes, tufted ears and toes with an extra-long flowing tail.
No breed has a monopoly on love and affection, but there has got to be some good reason that the Maine Coon has clawed its way up from near extinction to the prized place of America?s second most popular breed (according to the CFA registration totals). Maine Coon fanciers say that the popularity is due to the breed?s large size, intelligence, luxuriant coat, hardy disposition, and devotion to their human family.
The Maine Coon’s coat is fairly self-maintaining and needs minimum grooming to keep it in good condition.