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Variety:
Maine Coon

Country of origin:
USA

Colours:
White, black, grey, silver, pink, gold

Weight:
4,5-11 kg

Durability:  
12-13 years

Other names:
Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is an impressively sized cat with an extraordinary sense of playfulness. this breed stays active into old age! They are very curious cats who are keen to check out even the remotest corners of the house. Maine Coons are very friendly and get along well with all members of the family (including children), but they are cautious with guests – strangers are not a source of confidence for Maine Coons.This breed can be kept in an apartment or in a house – they will be happy to go out for a walk in the yard (there is no such thing as bad weather for a Maine Coon!);

History of the litter

Maine Coon’s homeland is the state of Maine in the USA. Unfortunately, it is not known exactly how these spectacular cats ended up here, but there are several hypotheses. For example, there are speculations that the cats arrived here with sailors from Norway. Some of the cats wandered off to farms where they stayed. The farmers did not object to this because the cats were not very demanding and were good at hunting rodents. Maine Coons were first mentioned in literature in 1861, but became popular later in the second half of the 20th century. Today, the Maine Coon is one of the most popular cat breeds not only in America, but also in Europe. Over the years, the Maine Coon’s appearance has changed – today, the cats of this breed are larger than they used to be, and their appearance used to be less wild than it is now.

Maine Coon:  appearance

The Maine Coon is the most distinctive of all cats in terms of size. Males weigh between 6 and 11 kg, females between 4.5 and 6 kg. The Guinness Book of World Records in 2006 recorded the longest Maine Coon cat at 120 cm long, including the tail. This gigantic cat weighed 16 kilograms. The Maine Coon’s head is very massive, with a clear chin and high cheekbones. The head is adorned with large, erect ears with long tassels, which no other cat breed has (longer tassels than Norwegian Forest or Siberian cats). Interestingly, the length of the Maine Coon’s tail is even longer than the length of the body of this cat! The eyes of this breed of cat are large, slightly oval, and can be different colours. The coat of the Maine Coon is also impressive, as it is quite long on the back and tail. The coat of this breed is double-layered, with a hard top coat that does not let water in, and a soft and very dense undercoat underneath this coat. The fur may be of various colours, except cinnamon, lilac and tawny, and any amount of white is allowed.

Mein Raccoon: character

Maine Coons are very calm, gentle and adaptable cats. They do not show aggression, but like to dominate. Maine Coons do not usually choose one owner, and are happy to interact with all members of the family. Although a Maine Coon will take up most of the sofa when lying on it, you will be surprised at the cracks this cat can squeeze through! Believe me, you won’t be able to hide anything from these gigantic prying eyes! Maine Coons can be a bit shy when interacting with guests, and find it difficult to approach strangers – it takes a little time. Maine Coons get along with children, other cats and dogs, but don’t leave two pets alone until you are sure they have made friends. There are various cat pranks, but Maine Coons have learnt to keep things in their owners’ designated place. It’s important to make sure your cat has something to do, otherwise the house will be in chaos! Maine Coons are very intelligent cats and can be trained to pick up dropped toys and walk on a lead (which they usually don’t mind).

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