The Maine Coon is a massive cat with a powerful muscular athletic body in keeping with their impressive size. They have large, pointed ears held wide and tall and an intelligent expression.

The coat is long and thick and consists of an undercoat covered by a substantial glossy, waterproof top coat and have attractive tufts on ears and paws. Their tails are spectacular and should be at least as long as their body so they can wrap it around their body for extra insulation.


Maine Coon cats have an affectionate nature and are very playful and friendly. They enjoy human company and this makes them excellent companions for someone who enjoys sharing their home with such an enormous cat. Maine Coon cats are noted for the delightful quiet chirping sound they make.

History and Origins

Originally hard-working ship’s cats, the long-haired ancestors of the Maine Coon who were quite possibly related to the Norwegian Forest cat, were brought to Maine by European seafarers in the 1850s. These cats mated with the local shorthair cats to produce offspring who were big, strongly built cats with semi-long coats and brush-like tails that resembled the tail of the raccoon – hence the name Maine Coon. These cats developed thick dense coats to withstand the extreme Maine winters and were much prized for their excellent hunting skills. Special shows were held for Maine Coon cats as early as the 1860s but the Maine Coon wasn’t imported into the UK until the 1980s.

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