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What Is A Maine Coon Cat?

If you’ve heard the term ‘Maine Coon’ and are wondering what it is, then read on, because we are about to discuss what a Maine Coon is, and just as crucially what it isn’t.

So, what is a Maine Coon?

A Maine Coon is a specific breed of cat that has been recognized by cat associations for the last few decades. It is characterized by its large frame, wedge-shaped face, lynx-like ears, fluffy tail, and a more dog-like personality than other breeds.

Maine Coons are a wonderful breed of cat with many characteristics that make them an excellent pet.

In this article, I will discuss some Maine Coon facts and why these cats make great companions.

a maine coon with wide eyes

The Maine Coon Cat – At A Glance

The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat in North America and probably originates from Maine, USA, where it is now the official State cat.

The Maine Coon has been shown to have intelligence levels comparable or even greater than dogs – they can be trained to perform basic tricks like fetching items on command!

They are known by two monikers, the ‘gentle giant‘ and the ‘dogs of the cat world‘.

Maine Coons also love attention and companionship so it’s not uncommon for you to see one following their human around the house all day long. 

They’re typically more laid back than other breeds, making them perfect for households with small children.

Distinguishing Features Of A Maine Coon

The main identifying features of a Maine Coon are its large frame, wedge-shaped face with prominent cheekbones, and large round eyes.

They have very lynx like ears that are triangular in shape.

They also have thick fur which can grow to medium length on the body.

The tail is bushy with long hair along and is about the three-quarter length of their body.

Maine Coons have a distinctive set of vocal talents, being able to meow, purr, chirp, and trill.

The males can get to be 20 pounds (9kg) or more in size and the females typically just under this weight.

Maine Coons also have a long maturing cycle, only being fully grown when they are 3 to 5 years of age.

This is almost double the time of other breeds.

They are very dog like in behavior and will follow you around, as well as being adaptable, sociable, and affectionate.

The set of characteristics that make up a Maine Coon are very distinctive.

Alita the Maine Coon helping me work

What Types Of Maine Coon Cats Are There

There are normally two types of distinctions when talking about Maine Coons.

The first is whether the kitten is purebred or mixed.

A purebred kitten means that both parents are purebred Maine Coons, and that the kitten is registered with a Maine Coon cat association.

A mixed-breed kitten will be a mix of Maine Coon and another breed.  

This might not sound like a big deal, but it can have an impact on whether your kitten will be more Maine Coon-like in its personality and behavior.

Purebreds are about 2% of the population of Maine Coons.

The other is the distinction of whether the Maine Coon has parentage from America or Europe.

The battle between the American Maine Coon and the European Maine Coon rages on, but it’s just where the kittens are bred more than anything else.

They are the same breed.

Interesting Facts About The Maine Coon Cat

Everyone loves facts – especially about cats.

So here’s some about the Maine Coon.

  • they are the largest domestic cat breed
  • they have an interesting history from Vikings, seafaring captains, and French royalty
  • they are the State cat of Maine (unsurprisingly)
  • a Maine Coon is Mrs Norris in the Harry Potter films
  • they hold the longest domestic cat records
  • the breed loves water
  • some Maine Coons are Polydactyl meaning they have 6 toes
  • they are excellent mousers and hunters

There’s plenty to learn about this loveable breed.

The Maine Coon cat has tufts of hair at the ends and sometimes on top of its toes, which can give it an almost lynx-like appearance, especially when climbing trees.

They love to climb!

In fact, they often fall asleep in the oddest places like up on a shelf or on top of their cat trees. 

If you’re not convinced yet that Maine Coons are excellent pets, they also have excellent night vision!

maine coon on the balcony


Maine Coons are an excellent choice for those looking to adopt a new pet.

They love attention, they’re intelligent, and they have the ability to learn tricks like fetching items on command.

With distinctive physical features that make them stand out from other breeds of cats, Maine Coons might just be the perfect fit for your home!

They’re also great for those who live in colder climates since they’ll happily snuggle up on the couch with you to stay warm.

So if you’re looking for a new friend, consider adopting a Maine Coon cat or kitten today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Maine Coon cats good pets?

If you are after a domestic cat that is social, affable, intelligent, and friendly then look no further than the Maine Coon. They are a large cat but surprisingly adept that will fit in well with a family. They are loyal and sometimes very dog like so they will follow you around without being underfoot.

How much do Maine Coon cats cost?

The price of a purebred Maine Coon kitten will be between $1000 to $2000 depending upon gender, color, pattern rarity, and age. A mixed-breed Maine Coon will be less but they are still popular compromising 98% of the Maine Coons sold.

What is the personality of a Maine Coon cat?

The Maine Coon is a wonderful family companion. They are loving, affectionate, and they will keep you entertained with their antics. They are intelligent and well socialized Maine Coons also excel at obedience training making them ideal pets for young families. They are large but their personality matches it being affable, friendly, social, and loyal.

About the Author


My name is Ann and I have been looking after and breeding cats since 2013. I am currently the proud ownder of Alita, a female Maine Coon to whom I've dedicated this site. She has had 2 litters and is around 3 years old. We share adventures and stories together.

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