What is a Maine Coon?

What is a Maine Coon cat? The Maine Coon is the only pure bred long haired cat originating in the United States.  While folk tales would claim the Maine Coon is the decedent of the bobcat or raccoon, the origins were the early settlers who brought their long haired cats to America. The Maine Coon is known to be a BIG cat and holds the Guiness record for the longest cat:


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Adult males average fifteen to twenty pounds and females weighing ten to fifteen pounds. The height of adults can vary between 10 and 16 inches and they can reach a length of up to 40 inches: including the tail, which can reach a length of 14 inches and is long, tapering, and heavily furred, almost resembling a raccoon's tail. The body is solid and muscular, and the chest is broad. Maine Coons possess a rectangular body shape and are slow to physically mature; their full potential size is normally not reached until they are three to five years old, while other cats take about only one year.  Other characteristics are large tufted ears and paws and longer hair on the chest, lower abdomen and haunches.  Maine Coons are also known to have friendly and outgoing personalities. Comments are "they are more like a dog than a cat" and often they chirp or twirl as vocalization and love to play in water.  While we can not promise super BIG cat, our breeders have produced several cats as big as 25 pounds.