The Maine Coon is a gorgeous broad-chested breed of cats. They have colossal and well-built rectangular bodies and long, flowing tails. The Maine Coon has high cheekbones, lengthy teeth, a medium head and a blunt ended chin.
Maine Coon cats are naturally strong and healthy. Among the cat breeds, they are the most competitive fighter and the one with highest chance of survival in harsh environment. The Maine Coon cats were once considered as working cats that could be found in ships and other trading areas. They were valued as the best rodent hunters in the olden time.
A Maine Coon is known to be an indigenous longhaired cat from Maine and one of the oldest natural cat pedigrees in North America. There is countless tales about the real lineage of the Maine Coons but not one is recognized as factual. One more rational theory is that the Maine Coon breed was developed from the mating between domestic cats of Maine and the cats from New England that came along with the sailors from America. When the sailors returned to New England, they took the Maine Coon cats with them. These cats that survived the harsh winters, produced litters that became the basis of the Maine Coon breed.
The popularity of the Maine Coon as a house pet started in 1860 when some people began noticing the intelligence of this cat and started sharing their amzing encounters with each other. They held country shows to exhibit the intelligence and beauty of their Maine Coon cats. Breeders then started to breed the Maine Coon with the aim of preserving the inherent physical attributes of this cat.
A Maine Coon may be physically tough but they are even-tempered. They are calm and like to be with people. They can get along with children and other animals. Most owners are delighted with their Maine Coon because of their entertaining tricks and easy-to-maintain shaggy coats.
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