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Maine Coon Cat - Breed InformationLegends
The Maine Coon cat has several fascinating stories about its origins: One story is about farmers in New England who thought they were a cross between barn cats and raccoons. Like raccoons, these cats had bushy, "ringed" tails, and used their paws much like a raccoon can. Such a mating of course is impossible. Other legends state that the Maine Coon cat is a cross between native New England short haired cats and Marie Antoinette's long haired cats that were sent to America, futilely awaiting her arrival. The other, and more plausible explanation, is that long haired cats from Europe came across on early sailing vessels, jumped ship while in port, and mated with the native short haired cats. The Maine Coon cat is the result of those matings. Another tale suggests that the cats belonged to a Captain Coon, and were called Coon's cats.
The Maine Coon cat is the only native North American long haired domestic cat. Their ancestors are from Maine and New England. Their physical appearance does suggest they adapted well to the harsh New England climate (strong bones and a shaggy, warm, weather resistant coat), and they were apt predators (large ears, nimble paws, strong jaw and pronounced muzzle).
Maine Coons are known as the Gentle Giants
Maine Coon cats are often dog-like, goofy, clown-like, sweet, and loving. They are often called the "Gentle Giants" of the cat world. Maine Coon cats are not always lap cats, but will follow their owners around from room to room, and are often interested in what their owner is doing -- they enjoy interacting with their families. Most Maine Coon Cats get along well with other pets in the household. They are attracted to water and may play in their water dish, sink or tub. Some like to drink from the faucet. Maine Coons are not usually loud cats. They can be very talkative, but will usually chirp or trill rather than cry.
Jasper enjoys his water straight from the faucet.
For great pictures of our Maine Coon Cat ancestors, please visit my Maine Coon Cat Ancestors and Breeders web site.
Please visit the Fanciers site for a wonderful breed description. The cat on the Maine Coon breed page is Coonyham Santana, the dam of our first breeding female, the lovely Hippie Chick.