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Maine Coon Cats

beautiful Maine Coon cat sitting against a white background Ginger Maine Coon cat portrait sitting against a black background Close up of Maine Coon cat with intense expression A young tortie maine coon with black tipped ears Two young Maine coon cats A young tortie maine coon with an orange patch on the bridge of its nose A young fluffy maine coon with tipped ears A young fluffy maine coon with a lon bushy tail

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The Maine Coon cat originated in North America in the state of Maine which is where the name comes from. The Maine Coon is also the official state cat for Maine and many old wives tales exist about the Maine Coon’s beginnings. One such ludicrous story is that feral domestic cats mated with racoons which is biologically impossible. This story along with the Maine Coon’s bushy raccoon-like tail and tabby coat led to the name of Maine Coon being settled on.

The most logical story is that the breed originated from matings between shorthaired domestic cats and imported longhaired cats - either across the Atlantic or from other US states.

The Maine Coon has appeared in literature as far back as 1861 with a black and white cat named 'Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines'. Maine Coons have been historically popular at cat shows in America. At an 1895 cat show at Madison Square Garden a female, brown tabby Maine Coon won best in show.


Maine Coons are independent and spirited cats. They are quite happy in their own company and tend not to pester their owners for attention. Instead they prefer to enjoy their owners company from a distance and will happily curl up on the sofa next to you whilst you watch tv.


Maine Coons come in a wide variety of colours but are always long haired.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Place of Origin: USA
  • Rough date of Origin: 1800s
  • Hair length: Longhair
  • Activity Level: Medium
  • Vocalness: Low
  • Child friendly: Good with children
  • Intelligence:
  • Playfullness: Moderate
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Weight: 4.0 - 7.5kg
  • Size: Large
  • House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
  • Pet Compatibility:
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Maine Coon Pictures

A Maine Coon cat sat on a radiator.
A Maine Coon cat sat on an outside table.
Two Maine Coon cats sat on a sofa.
A Maine Coon cat lying in the sun in the garden.
A close up of a maine coon cat
A maine coon cat lying down
Two cats sat on the freestyle cat tree.
a bouquet of roses with a tabby maine coon cat
a grey and white cat sat on a blanket inside
a grey maine coon cat licking its owners hand
a grey maine coon cat lying on a blanket
four tabby brown and white kittens in a bed
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Henry and George are always into everything!

Latest Reviews For Maine Coon (5 of 7)

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Wonderful breed! Very healthy from quality breeders! - Debbie,

Amazing devoted breed. Very dog -like.

- Robyn,

The most intelligent, gentle, healing soul. Loyal, protective, affectionate. So beautiful.

I love my cat. - Bob,

I have a sweet maine coon cat. He is very vocal, hates jumping, and is nearly blind. I rescued him from an abusive family when he was a year old. He loves to lay on me, and often jumps on my shoulder. (He's really heavy.) I love this cat so much. He is my entire world, and he's the most affectionate cat I've ever had.

A fluffy dream - Michele,

Maine coons are not only gorgeous and regal kitty’s, they are also playful and mine loves attention. Jade with her jade colored eyes is the most vocal cat I’ve ever encountered! I rescued her at 5 yrs old and so she has some issues with bolting and when outdoors she quickly jumps fences of all heights. I haven’t yet found a harness she didn’t escape from but I’m still looking because we’ll be living the van life on the road real soon. She’s not a fan of the car (yet) but we’re working on it and prefers to sleep on my lap as opposed to her carrier in the car. She’s a smart girl and extremely observant. I love Jade to pieces!

Intelligent and affectionate - Anita,

I have rehomed two so far, a male quite advanced in years and a much younger female. They are like chalk and cheese. These cats can vary greatly in how vocal they are, how much lap time they want (if at all) and how much they play. What you will get is a very intelligent and affectionate family member with a strong personality - the nickname "the dog of the cat world" certainly holds true. They like company and this should be taken into account if you are working.