The Maine Coon is a fascinating creature. He’s a unique and giant beast with a mysterious history.
- For the past several years, the Cat Fancier’s Association has put the Maine Coon in the top five most popular cat breeds.
- They’re the largest domestic breed and can weigh close to 20 pounds. Whoa.
- Maine Coons have made it into the Guinness World Records. In 2015, Ludo, measuring 3.9 feet long, snagged the official title of longest domestic cat (living). Stewie, who measured just over four feet long, previously held the record.
- Maine Coons are a natural breed, meaning not bred by man to acquire specific characteristics.
- They were first discovered in the state of Maine, hence their name.
- Several theories of origin exist. Some say they came to the U.S. via Norway. Others say France. Some say a Captain named Coon brought them over. No one knows for sure.
- They have 75 different color combinations.
- They’re one of America’s oldest breeds.
- Their coats are long, shaggy, layered, and water-resistant.
- These giant kitties love to play in water.
- Some of their distinct physical qualities include super-bushy tails, large paws, and big ears with spiky tufts of fur.
- Maine Coons have incredible voices. Their meows are mixed with chirps and trills and little Marge Simpson grumbles.
- These cats are little lovers with their affectionate and social attitudes.
- Maine Coons are smart and easily trainable.
- Because of their thick, long tresses, they need frequent brushing to avoid mats. It’s also sometimes necessary to trim the hair in between toe pads.
- While generally healthy, some Maine Coons can have hip dysplasia or heart problems.
It’s easy to see why these gorgeous cats are so popular. They’re also expensive. If you’re thinking about adding a Maine Coon to your family, consider seeking out rescue groups first.