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Maine Coon Breed Information
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Maine Coon
Description  
 
The Maine Coon Cats coat has no undercoat and is waterproof. thick. and dense. They have full eyes that are rounded and have a slightly slanting aperture. The eyes can be all colors as well as odd-eyed and blue in white cats. The cheekbones are high with full cheeks. solid chin. and square muzzle. These cats have a slightly concave nose. with large. high. wide set ears. The body is long in the back with a long. tapering bushy tail and legs and paws that are substantial. The tail is usually carried high.
Color  
 
The Maine Coon Cat comes in a variety of colors and patterns. The Solid cats are black. white. red. cream or blue. The Tabby and Tortoiseshell cats are classic colors and mackerel patterns; some may also have silver distinctions. The Maine Coon Cats also comes in smoke. shaded. bi-color. van bi-color. and tortoiseshell and white. If the cat is patched. only one-third white is ideal.
History  
 
The Maine Coon Cat originates from Maine in the United States most northeastern state. This cat is one of the longest recognized breeds of cats. The true source of the breed is speculated to be from the arrival of the Pilgrims in the 1600s that traveled from New England to North America. The Maine Coon Cats long coat evolved as protection after surviving many harsh winters in Maine. In 1860 this cat was shown in New York in some of the early exhibitions. They were also shown in New England at fairs and country shows. When Siamese and Persians began to be imported to the United States the Maine Coon Cat lost its popularity. By the 1950s the Maine Coon Cat started gaining recognition again and in 1976 they acquired championship level. After the Persian cat the Maine Coon Cat pedigree is the second most popular in the United States. The Maine Coon Cats are found all over the world.
Features  
 
The Maine Coon Cat is considered a semi-longhair. This breed is one of the largest in the world with an average weight of 20 pounds. The Maine Coon Cat is reputed to be a clever and skillful hunter. This cat is big. powerfully built. and a great climber. The Maine Coon Cat usually has fairly small litters with only two or three kittens. Rexed (curly coated) cats are not approved in this breed.
Grooming  
 
The Maine Coon Cats coat seldom gets matted. however regular combing and brushing is recommended.
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