The Maine Coon is affectionate and intelligent, ideal for families with other pets and/or children. The breed is known for suffering from hip dysplasia.
Weight: 8-18 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Temperament: good-natured, curious, dog-like
Ease of Training:
Legend says Maine Coons are the descendants of Marie Antionette’s six pet Turkish Angoras, sent to Wiscasset, Maine during the French Revolution. Their true origin is a mystery.
One of the first American cat shows featured Cosey, a brown tabby Coon. She won the silver medal in 1895, pushing Maine Coons into the spotlight. However, until the 1950s, their popularity was not widespread.
Maine Coons grow to be around 40 inches in length, making them one of the largest domestic cats on the planet. Despite their size and regal appearance, many call them “gentle giants” because of their sweet, harmless disposition. They love to relax with their humans (including children) and get along well with other pets. Though wary of strangers, they are never hostile.
Training a Maine Coon to perform tricks or follow basic commands is possible due to their heightened intelligence. A cat of this breed can learn to sit and play fetch.
Famous for their need to vocalize, these cats often fill homes with chirps, yowls, trills, and howls. They enjoy making themselves heard throughout the day.
Though cats typically avoid water, Maine Coon owners will tell you they have no fear. They will swim in and interact with water with no problems. You may catch one using their paws to drink water out of a bowl. This unique quirk sets them apart.
Maine Coons have shaggy fur and tufts on their ears. Daily care to prevent matting and hairballs is encouraged. Because of their excessive shedding, clothing, furniture, and other items may need to be cleaned. Maine Coon coloring includes (but is not limited to) blue, red, white, and black.
While Maine Coons are generally healthy animals, they are just as vulnerable to cat diseases as other breeds. There are a few issues that tend to show up the most.
Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic disorder that causes weak muscles in the back legs. There are no treatment options.
Hip dysplasia affects the hip joints, making walking painful. Weight loss and medication can lessen the severity.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy thickens the heart muscles and may eventually lead to heart failure. Treatment options are available.
Pet insurance can help alleviate vet costs and calm fears.