This large feline looks impressive, but the Maine Coon is actually a subtle mix of elegance and rusticity. Here are 10 things you should know about this cat breed.

The origins of the Maine Coon

#1. The Maine Coon is the oldest natural cat breed in North America.

#2. Legend has it the Maine Coon originated from a cross between a forest wildcat from the State of Maine and a raccoon. However, science happily proves this to be genetically and biologically impossible.

#3. Another legend states that Maine Coons are the descendants of Queen Marie Antoinette’s Angora cats, who ran away and reproduced with American cats.

#4. Yet another theory points out the resemblance between the Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest Cat, which could have been brought across to the American mainland in AD 1,000. Like the Norwegian, they would therefore be linked to the Vikings!

Maine Coon

Physical characteristics

#5. Maine Coons mature slowly, with adulthood being fully reached at around 3-5 years old.

#6. The world record for the longest cat is held by this breed. Stewie measured a whopping 123 cm in length!

#7. The biggest cat in New York is a female Maine Coon called Samson.

Maine Coon

Personality

#8. Maine Coons are known for being 'gentle giants'. Despite their size, they are very placid and affectionate.

#9. It is usually said that cats don't like water, but this is not true for this water-loving breed! You may even see one asleep in the middle of a sink, or out for a swim in the summer months.

#10. You can train Maine Coons to bring you small items that you have thrown, just like a dog.

Maine Coon

To learn more about the Maine Coon, check out our file on the Maine Coon.

What do you love most about Maine Coons?

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