The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated cat breed. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills.
It is one of the oldest specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official state cat.
These majestic felines can grow as much as 40 inches in length and come in 75 different color combinations.
With their long, multilayered fur and large paws, Maine coons are very well equipped for winter.
No records of the Maine Coon’s exact origins and date of introduction to the United States exist, so several competing hypotheses have been suggested.
One theory suggests that they originated from Norwegian Forest cats because back in the day, they might have come to America with the Vikings.
The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 19th century, but its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20th century.
The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and is now one of the more popular cat breeds in the USA.
Recently, a cattery called Catsvill County shared photos of a litter with 5 adorable grey kittens that become viral.
People noticed something strange and interesting about these photos that all these newborn kittens look like “Grumpy old men”.
Moreover, all these kittens look quite similar to one another and it is really difficult to differentiate among them. However, all of them are just adorable.
The Maine Coon is a large and sociable cat, hence its nickname, “the gentle giant.” It is characterized by a prominent ruff along its chest, robust bone structure, rectangular body shape, and an uneven two-layered coat with longer guard hairs over a silky satin undercoat, and a long, bushy tail.
The breed’s colors vary widely, with only lilac and chocolate disallowed for pedigree. Reputed for its intelligence and playful, gentle personality, the Maine Coon is often cited as having “dog-like” characteristics.
Professionals notice certain health problems recurring in the breed, including feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hip dysplasia, but reputable breeders use modern screening methods to minimize the frequency of these problems.
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