The Maine Coon is a natural breed originating from North America, or more
The fact that the Maine Coon is referred to as a natural breed, indicates that it took no intended human interference to create the breed. The common assumption is that the Maine Coon is the result of crossbreeding between North American domestic cat populations and half longhaired breeds imported by sailors. Trough natural selection in the harsh environment of
On the first real cat show, somewhere around 1870, the Maine Coon was well presented by Richelieu, a seven years old blue or silver tabby tomcat of approximately nine kilo’s. He won several shows in 1884. Unfortunately some time later the Maine Coon fell out of grace, due to the rise of the more exotic breeds as Persians and Siamese. Thanks to a group of enthusiastic lovers of the Maine Coon that united themselves in to th Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association (MCBFA), the Maine Coon made his comeback successfully and was again recognised as an thoroughbred by all American cat associations.
When drawing up the breed standard for the Maine Coon, the composers did not have a very high breeding ideal in mind. They wanted to preserve the breed as much as possible as it evolved itself in the wild. In 1976 the Maine Coon was introduces in
Maine Coons are cat's with a natural rough appearance and an easy to maintain coat. They tend to grow quite a bit bigger then normal housecats and of course, males a bit bigger than the females. Because the breed is slow to mature, it takes four years to reach adulthood. It is then that they are fully grown and have reached their final size, type and coat. With their smooth and shaggy coat, their strong long legs, the long and well furred tail and their strong, muscular body they are a very impressive species. The broad head has a square muzzle and a slight dip at the nose bridge, big (preferably tufted) ears. The coat heavy and shaggy and silky smooth of texture, shorter on the shoulders and longer on the belly, breast, hind legs and tail. Although brown tabby is the most common colour, all other colours are allowed, with exception of Siamese colours and colour point. Beside the tabby pattern (blotched and mackerel) there are also solid coloured cats.