Breed of the Week – The Maine Coon

Published by VCA Inc. in Breed of the Week, Cat Breed, Cats, Lifestyle, longhair, Pets January 9, 2017

This longhaired beauty is often referred to as America’s native cat and the name comes from the state of its recognition, Maine.  The Maine Coon origin story goes back as far as the 1800’s and has ties to famous names such as Marie Antoinette.

The Feline Facts

  • Ancestors / Breeding:  Naturally bred
  • Origin:  United States, Maine
  • Dates of Origin: 1800’s
  • Colors / Patterns:  Solid colors and shades in tabby, tortoiseshell, and bicolor
  • Grooming: Moderate
  • Life Expectancy:  15+ years

The Look of the Maine Coon

As one of the larger breeds in the longhair category, the Maine Coon has a full coat which is waterproof and often shaggier in males. These coats help the breed do well in the harsher climates in some parts of North America.

Some of the key traits to notice when viewing a Maine Coon include medium-long sturdy legs, large round tufted feet, large tufted ears, and the thick-furred tail. Also, most important to notice is the long, full coat which changes seasonally. Finally, it is hard to miss those oval shaped eyes!

Feline Fun Factors

These handsome cats look like they have the wisdom of royalty and maturity, however they are known to act more like kittens throughout their lives.  While being slow to mature may not be a bad thing, be sure to keep an eye on these curious kitties as they grow up. Also, as they originated as working cats, these felines can help you keep the house and barn free of vermin.

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Where Do I Get One?

Think that the Maine Coon sounds like the perfect addition to your home? It’s always important to do your homework before adding any pet to your family. For more information on the breed, recommended breeders, or education you can visit the Breed Registries of the CFA, FiFe, GCCF, or the TICA. Also, you can always find mixed breeds at your local shelter or rescue.

Share Your Breed Pictures

Want to share pictures or videos of your Maine Coon? Send your submissions to or post on your social media channel of choice and tag #vcapets


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