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About Maine Coons


Origination

The Maine Coon is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, originating in the state of Maine. They were originally called the Maine Cat and soon became the state's official cat. The climate to which they originated help to evolve the shaggy coat, tufted ears, and furry paws to with- stand the cold of their great state. There are many different stories of how this magnificent breed made the journey to North America. My most favorite is that Marie Antoinette had Captain Samuele Clough smuggle her 6 most prize possessions, her long haired cats, into Maine to avoid an imminent death. Unfortunately, the Queen never made it to Maine.  She was imprisoned and beheaded, but her six royal cats found a new home, among the residents of Maine. It has also been said the cats traveled to North America with the Vikings to help control the rat population among their ships. Upon reaching their destination, it is thought these unusual cats bred with American short hairs and produced the Maine Coon. The most absurd origin is Maine Coons are the mythical result of a raccoon and a bobcat. This theory was devised to explain the Maine Coons unique chirping sound.  No one truly knows how this breed made their way to Maine but we are sure glad they did.

History

In 1895, at Madison Square Gardens in New York during one of the most early and popular shows a brown tabby female name Cosey, owned by Mrs. Barker, won first place and best in show. Because of this grand win everyone wanted a Maine cat. At the turn of the century the Maine Coon became the most popular cat in north America. With cat shows on the rise in the early 20th century, the Maine Coon began to lose its popularity because of the introduction of rare breeds from the far east. In the 1950's, the Maine Coon was thought to be extinct but lucky for us they remained an important part of Maine. By 1971, the breed was still rare having only 20 registered Main Coon cats in the US. In 1975, the breed was recognized by the CFA. In the 1980's, the Maine Coon began to win shows at a national level. By the 21st century, the Maine Coon found itself once again,one of the most popular pedigree breeds in the United States.

Appearance 

Maine Coons are the largest breed of domestic cats. Males can weigh up to 30lbs and females up to 20lbs. They can reach a length as long as 40 inches.  They do not reach their full size, until they are 3-5 years of age. In 2006 the breed won recognition in the Guinness book of world records thanks to a male Maine Coon,Vermisio Leo, measuring 48inches long and 35 lbs. The breed has a long full body and shaggy coat. Some have a lion-like Main around their necks. They also have a distinct under-coat , excess hair between their toes, and tufted ears. Their tail is one of their most mesmerizing features: it is long and fluffy.  They also posses large furry paws.
Maine Coons come in a variety of colors, Brown Tabby being the most common.

Personality

Maine Coons are known as gentle giants. They have a very relaxed disposition because of their large size the are typically not lap-cats, but do enjoy affection and the company of adults, children and other animals. They are extremely intelligent and highly trainable. Maine Coons enjoy water; whether, it be for a bath or entertainment.
They also enjoy eating out of their paws rather than from a bowl.

Health

While uncommon, healthy bred Maine Coons do have a few Genetic disorders an owner should be aware of. Many reputable breeders will take the time to screen their queens and kings for such markers. The most concerning condition is feline hyper trophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Cats from the age of 5 to geriatric are most at risk. HCM can result in heart failure , paralysis, clotting, and sudden death. Approximately 1/3 test positive for the gene. Maine Coons have a slightly larger risk than other breeds of developing polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), which usually presents around the age of 7. PKD generally leads to renal failure and the effects are incurable.

MAINELY MANOR

Allyson and Daniel Muck
Loganville GA 30052
Cell: 678-906-9529
Home: 770-466-4361
Email: aliemuck@aol.com

 

 

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Cosey 1895

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