The Maine Coon is the gentle giant of domestic cats.
The Maine Coon is an American breed of cat which is well-adapted for working in the cold winters and fluctuating seasons of the New England region. It is called a Maine Coon because it was first recognized in the state of Maine and is now the official state cat.
It was also famously the pet of Marie Antoinette in France before it was established here in America.
While its true ancestral origins are unknown, it bears resemblance to the Norwegian forest cat, suggesting it was brought to North America by way of the English sailers, the Norsemen, who were famous for having this breed of cat on board their ships.
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The Maine Coon evolved on its own from good old natural selection, and developed all the characteristics of a good working cat. It is known for its mousing skills, but also its mild manner and friendliness. These long-haired cats make great family pets and therapy cats.
The Maine Coon cat breed was first accepted for Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) status in 1976. It is not uncommon for the greatest number of entries in a cat show to be Maine Coons, nor is it uncommon for one to win Best Cat. They definitely have championship status, starting with a brown tabby named Cosey who won Best in Show in the very first cat show held in Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1895.
Check out the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association for more information on this popular breed!
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This article was originally published August 14, 2017.