The Maine Coon is a majestic looking cat. Its impressive fur and its giant size make it an unusual cat. Considered a cat-dog, it has been the favorite cat of the French since 2012.
1. The biggest cat in the world
Able to measure up to 1 meter and weigh up to 14 kg , the Maine Coon is the largest breed of domestic cat on the planet. Its appearance as a wild cat remains elegant. Like wild cats and lynxes, its ears also end in a small tuft of hair .
With a fur worthy of a small lion which makes it even more imposing, it also has a robust musculature.
2. Controversial origins
Legend has it that the name “Maine Coon” comes from the mating of wild cats living in the state of Maine, in the United States, and raccoons (“raccoon” in English). Of course, this is impossible. Another legend has it that this cat was brought to the American continent by the Vikings in their boats.
More seriously, it could be the result of a cross between semi-wild cats from Maine and Angora cats imported from Asia by English settlers. It is the first breed cat recognized in the United States . This medium-haired cat was very successful in Europe in the 1990s.
3. He loves water
The Maine Coon is one of those rare cats that love water . Indeed, nothing amuses him more than to immerse his papattes in his bowl of water. He also likes to drink directly from water fountains and if he gets it everywhere it’s good!
4. A working cat
The Maine Coon is often considered the most dog of cats . Indeed, it is very easy to train , quickly learns to bring back a small ball and it can even be walked on a leash!
He also has a highly developed hunting instinct . He will thus be very happy in the countryside where he can not only spend as he pleases and satisfy his instinct for freedom, but also rid the barns of pests of all kinds.
5. A gentle giant
The Maine Coon has a sweet and cheerful character . Very peaceful, no ounce of aggression is present with him. Affectionate , he loves his master more than anything in the world and shows a loyalty to any test. On the other hand, it hardly supports loneliness .
Very sociable, it can adapt to any type of environment, people and animals. It is an ideal playmate for children who like to integrate into family life. In short, the ideal cat. And in addition, he does not meow, but coo !