Originating from Maine, this huge breed is a gentle giant, with giant whiskers and a giant tail. The Maine Coon was developed closely by humans for its excellent mousing skills and as a result they make loyal companions.
Maine Coons have a three layered coat designed for the cold: two under coats and an outer guard coat. The coat can be varied from black to white and all kinds of tabby patterns and colors. Due to the long coat, they do need a lot of grooming.
These large cats can weigh up to 25lbs and average around 17lbs. They have big, furry paws and a large fluffy tail designed to help the breed in snow.
With a strong face and mane, this breed has a regal look. Markings on the brows of Maine Coons are often arranged in an "M" shape and they have among the longest whiskers of all cats. Their ears are proportionately large with tufts which are often on the ear tips.
The Maine Coon breed is very much a gentle giant. It is ideal as a first-time cat due to its loving nature and will be a loyal member of the family.
There are no major health concerns with the strong and healthy Maine Coon, however, you should always go to a reputable breeder.
Pros & Cons
Gentle and loving
Their impressive size
No major health issues
Needs lots of grooming
Their impressive size!