Color – Maine Coons come in a large variety of colors and patterns, with tabbies the most numerous at shows. Tabbies and Tabby & Whites are more common than solids and more exotic colors and patterns.
Eyes – Should be shades of green, gold, green-gold, or copper. Blue-eyes or odd-eyes are allowed for white or bi-color patterned cats.
Appearance – Maine Coons are medium to large rugged cats with a heavy bone structure. Mature male Maine Coons can weight as much as 18 to 20 pounds. Their heavy coat varies in length, which is what gives them a shaggy appearance. Maine Coons have a distinctive squareness to the muzzle, large tufted ears, and large, round, well-tufted paws.
Personality – Maine Coons are friendly and fun-loving. The Maine Coon tends to be cautious with strangers, but is loving and thoughtful with their family. Despite their large bodies, Maine Coons have tiny voices that squeak and chirp. Maine Coons are especially good with children and dogs and have always been a popular and sought after companion.
Interesting Breed Fact – The Maine Coon Cat is the native American longhaired cat and was recognized as a specific breed in Maine where they were held in high regard for their mousing talents. Through nature’s own breeding program, this breed has developed into a sturdy cat ideally suited to the harsh winters and varied seasons of the region.
Breed information supplied by the
Cat Fanciers’ Association