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Maine Coon


The Maine Coon is a natural, large and powerful breed, with amiable character. Females are usually proportionally smaller than males.
The breed’s name originates from a legend of a mating between a raccoon and a cat, which is biologically impossible.


The Maine Coon comes from the farms, in Maine, New England where they are working cats. Several legends explain the origin of the Maine Coon, from Marie-Antoinette’s longhair cats to cats imported by Vikings overseas. First written records of Maine Coons are from 1861. The breed was recognised by FIFe in 1982.


The Maine Coon is large framed, broad chested and solid boned cat with a long, hard muscled, rectangular body and a long flowing tail.
Good muscle tone and density give the cat the appearance of power and robustness. Square outline of the head, square muzzle, strong chin and special Maine Coon look underline its power and robustness. Their all-weather coat is silky in texture, and even the paws and ears are well tufted.


Maine Coons are called “gentle giants”. They are sweet tempered and gentle despite their size and looks. Maine Coon is typically a “silent” breed, though they communicate a lot with their human and cat family with various chirping sounds. Being extroverted, happy, playful and loyal, they are a real companion and family member.

Breed Standard
Last modification of the Standard: 2024