Cat Breeds – The Maine Coon
The Maine Coon got its name from an old story that claimed the breed originated from the mating of a tabby and a racoon. Of course, there is no truth to that legend but with its bushy tail and ability to survive harsh outdoor conditions it is not hard to see where the idea came from.
Another legend surrounding the origins of this large, handsome breed is that of domestic tabbies mating with the American bobtail cat. In both cases, though the stories lend an interesting edge to the breed lore, such a crossing would be genetically impossible.
Should these myths of a genetic wild streak in this breed put you off at all, you can find comfort in the fact that the Main Coon is also known as ‘the gentle giant’ of cat breeds.
The Maine Coon’s closest feline cousin is the Norwegian Forest Cat. Both developed in the harshest of climates and have many characteristics in common but most significantly both breeds developed naturally. There has been no selective breeding involved in the Maine Coon’s bushy tail, soft voice or characteristically low maintenance coat.
Maine Coon Temperament
Maine Coons are sociable and friendly, getting on with kids and dogs. They have an independant character, being less oriented to sitting on your lap, than just hanging out in your company. They take an interest in the goings-on of the household and are generally found in the same room as their people.
They retain a kittenish nature throughout their lives and as a rule are playful and responsive. In a lot of ways, Main Coon’s can be very dog like. They are seldom aloof and interaction with their human is very important. This makes the Maine Coon an unsuitable breed for those who are out at work all day. The cute Maine Coon below is so happy to play with his owner the owners asks, “Is my Main Coon a cat or a dog?”.
While the Maine Coon may not be the best cat for someone looking for a cat to baby, they are an excellent choice for those looking for entertaining and affectionate companion