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A little history...

One of the oldest natural breeds in North America, the Maine Coon is generally regarded as a native of the state of Maine (in fact, the Maine Coon is the official cat of the state of Maine). A number of attractive legends surround its origin. A wide-spread (though biologically and genetically impossible) belief is that it originated from matings between semi-wild, domestic cats and raccoons. This myth, bolstered by the bushy tail and the most common coloring (a raccoon-like brown tabby) led to the adoption of the name 'Maine Coon.'.

Breed standards

Maine Coons are a very large breed of cat that are quite tall with heavy boning and musculature. They have a fairly long, shaggy coat, particularly on their underside, however, the top is considerably shorter. It is also common for these cats to have thick, luxurious fur around their neck, forming something of a mane. They have large tufted paws and ears and a very long and usually thick, bushy tail.

The head of the Maine Coon cat is slightly longer than it is wide, with high cheekbones and concave profile. They also have an obviously square muzzle. Ears are large and well furnished and lynx tips are desired.

There are a great variety of coat colours in this breed, being either solid or tabby. The only restriction to colour is that of the ‘Siamese-type’ pointing which is not acceptable according to the breed standards. Any eye colour is acceptable.

Purrsonality plus...

Maine Coon Cats have a wonderful purrsonality and in our experience, no two cats are the same. Although not always lap cats, Maine Coons are affectionate, very friendly and love to be in their owners company. They take great delight in involving themselves in even the most menial of daily tasks. Many show dog like qualities, carrying toys around in their mouth and even play fetch! They have an affinity for water that is rare in cats, and enjoy splashing in their water bowls and playing with dripping taps.

If you are interested in this fantastic breed, feel free to contact us;


Last update 29 September, 2007