Maine coon cats have been one of American classics, which have made a contribution to our history and culture specialized by Maine. This strong, handsome breed of domestic cat was formed at least 150 years ago, and its unique characteristics developed with the combination with Maine’s own unique characteristics. As America becomes a nation of animal lovers, Maine coon will be appreciated by more and more people.
Maine coons are among the oldest natural breeds in North America and are considered to be a native of Maine. According to most Maine coon breeders, this breed dates back to matings between pre-existing shorthaired domestic cats and longhaired types transported to America from overseas by New England seamen or by Vikings. From history we can see that the old sailing ships kept cats to avoid rodent attack, and it is not difficult to imagine the cat’s development in Maine which used to be commerce area.
Maine coons refer to those tall, muscular, big-boned cats with a long, rectangular body and deep chest, which generally weigh 13 to 18 pounds. In addition, they have long muzzles and long teeth. All of these characteristics lead to their advantage to fight against competitors and predators.
Maine coons are much easier to adapt to New England harsh winters with their heavy coats. Moreover, adult Maine coons have a three-layer coat and their undercoats become thicker in winter. Their long guard hairs can prevent the snow and get rid of water as well as their long, bushy tail to warm themselves. They have large, furry feet and tufted ears, which can keep warm against the cold weather; their extremely long whiskers can help them stay clear of brush in case of entangling their long fur.
Maine coons’ voices have the ability to set them apart from other cats.
In addition, families in Maine highly admired Maine coons for their friendly personalities and high intelligence. They began to have them as pets.