The Maine Coon cat is one of the largest cat breeds in existence. It is considered to be the only long-hair breed that is native to the United States. The breed came about when seamen sailed into New England and the cats they carried with them bred with the native cats of the USA. The cat is a large, muscular and heavy boned animal with a medium to long haired coat. This breed was then probably used as a working cat to keep barns and houses clear of rodents. The Maine Coon has a regal appearance that many find very attractive.
Despite the size of the Maine Coon, this breed is considered to be one of the most gentle and calm of all the cat breeds. It is definitely a gentle giant. This cat loves its owners and can adapt very well to any environment. This breed is not particularly vocal and, with socialization, is very good with children and other animals.
Build (Male / Female)
Male: 12 pounds (5-6kg)
Female: 8-12 pounds (3-6kg)
Maine Coon cats tend to live between 9 and 13 years.
The average litter size for a Maine Coon is between 5-7 kittens
The maintenance required to keep the Maine Coon's coat in top condition is quite high. It needs daily attention and should be both brushed and combed to help get rid of any matting and prevent hairballs. Owners should start grooming the Maine Coon from a young age so that it learns to enjoy the process as they will be doing this a lot.
CFA, ACFA , FIFe, TICA