Maine Coon Resource
The Maine Coon is one of the most popular breeds at show tables. This shaggy feline shares its affection with the entire family, but elects a single person as its beloved owner. The breed sports four color classes: solid, tabby, tabby with white and particolor. Patterns include the classic tabby, the mackerel tabby and the patched tabby. The Maine Coon is the second most popular breed in America and has earned the nickname, “The Gentle Giant.”
That long coat is deceptively easy to care for. A good combing twice a week eliminates matting and reduces shedding and hairballs. Most will endure and many actually enjoy an occasional bath when introduced to the ritual as a kitten.
Maine Coons take it all in stride. They do well in both active and quiet households.
United Maine Coon Cat Association; www.cffinc.org/umcca/memapp.htm
Often called "gentle giants," Maine Coons are known to accept people and activities with easy-going grace. Affectionate and social, they love to be near their owners, play fetch and can by taught to stroll on a leash.
Maine Coons are known for their large size, with females averaging up to 16 pounds and males up to 18, with some tipping the scales at 20-plus pounds. With a long, shaggy coat that lays close to the body, a bushy long tail, tufted paw pads and large ears adorned with furry tufts and "lynx tips" on top, their build reflects the Maine Coon's origins in the cold Northeast.