What’s the one cat breed that dog people will most often admit to admiring? It’s the big and furry Maine Coon, one of the oldest and largest breeds of domestic cat in the U.S., perfectly adapted to the cold and snowy state of Maine, its original home. Experts believe the Maine Coon evolved through the interbreeding of local domestic shorthairs and long-haired cats brought from Europe…possibly the Norwegian Forest Cat, said to have crossed the Atlantic with the Vikings in the 11th Century.
Maine Coons, called “gentle giants” for their calm, affectionate, and friendly personalities, are the perfect breed for families with kids, dogs, and other cats.
They are also very intelligent, playful, and trainable.
The Maine Coon is one big cat. Full-grown males can weigh between 21 and 35 lbs., and full-grown females between 15 and 29 lbs. They are also among the longest cats. From nose to tail, a Maine Coon can measure up to 48 inches long.
And check out the size of those paws!
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Maine Coons are solid, sturdy, and muscular cats. Their physical characteristics make them perfectly suited to life in a cold climate. They have thick, dense, water-repellant fur and a long, fluffy tail that can be curled around the body for warmth.
Their paws have tufts of fur between the toes for warmth and to help them walk through the snow. Their ears also have attractive tufts of fur for added warmth.
The big beautiful Maine Coon…more cat to love!
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