Maine Coons, like American Shorthairs, are considered native to America since they’ve been on this continent since the colonial days, and perhaps longer. How they got here in the first place and where their progenitors came from, however, is anyone’s guess. One story alleges that the breed is a raccoon/domestic cat hybrid, thus the name Maine Coon.
Another anecdote holds that the Maine Coon was produced by bobcat/domestic cat trysts, which would explain the ear and toe tufts and the size of the breed. Another account has longhaired cats arriving on Viking ships around the 11th century. Another claims that Maine Coons are descendants of longhaired cats belonging to Marie Antionette, smuggled to America by a captain preparing to rescue the queen.
Last but not least is the tale of a sea captain named Coon who in the 1700s brought longhaired cats with him on his excursions to America’s Northeastern coast.
Body Structure: Males weigh 12 to 18 pounds, while the females weigh 10 to 14 pounds. The ideal Maine Coon is a big-boned and broad-chested cat with a long, rectangular body and a long, lavishly trimmed tail. The solid muscle tone gives an impression of barely contained strength and power.
The feet are large and well-tufted. The head is a broad, modified wedge shape with high, prominent cheekbones, square muzzle, medium-long nose with no break, and a firm chin. In profile, the head has a gentle concave slope. The ears are wide, set high on the head, well-tufted and moderately pointed.
Eyes:The eyes are slightly oval but appear round when wide open.Acceptable eye colors include any shades of green, gold or copper, but blue and odd-colored eyes are acceptable in white cats. There is no relationship between coat and eye colors.
Coat:The coat is shorter over the shoulders, becoming longer down the back and sides, with full, shaggy britches and luxuriant belly fur. Starting at the ears, a frontal ruff decorates the cat’s broad chest. The coat sports a slight undercoat, and the length of the coat may vary depending on the season.
Color:Except for the pointed colors which would indicate hybridization,Maine Coons come in every color variety.
While Maine Coons are devoted, playful and loving to their chosen family,they can be reserved around people with whom they’re not familiar. Maine Coons tend to be fascinated by water.