The Maine Coon, an imposing and dynamic breed of cat

The origins of Maine Coon

You have to head to the United States to discover the origins of Maine Coon. This breed of cat would result from a cross between the native cats (semi-wild and resistant) of the forests of the northeast of the country and the Angora breed cats imported by the English colonists. It was in the 19th century that this breed would have appeared in the state of Maine, hence the name “Maine coon”. A legend says that the word “Coon” would come from a cross with a raccoon (“raccoon” in English), which is genetically impossible.

Maine coon physique

  • size: 100 to 120 cm (male or female);
  • weight: 4 to 9 kg (male or female);
  • hair: medium to long, the hair of the Maine coon is silky and forms a collar under the throat;
  • color of hair: all colors are allowed, except chocolate and lilac;
  • head shape: square muzzle, slightly rounded skull, well-defined cheekbones;
  • shape and color of the eyes: almond-shaped and wide apart, they can be green, blue, etc. ;
  • shape of the ears: presence of plumes (“Lynx Tips”);
  • other particularities: long tail, pointed at the end.

Maine coon character

Despite its imposing build, the Maine Coon is known to be calm and affectionate. Attached to his owner, he likes to play, but is not a great sportsman. Never aggressive, he is an excellent companion for children and adults. He is also sociable towards other animals. This breed of cat is not very active, but remains very curious: cats can sometimes move away and adopt a hunting behavior, which exposes them to the risk of accidents.

The Maine coon adapts to all living conditions: it can flourish in an apartment and be happy without going out, as well as in a house in the country. This breed of cat is peaceful and can be walked on a leash in the street.

Maine coon health

The Maine coon is prone to several diseases:

  • polycystic kidney disease (kidney dysfunction), which is manifested by, among other things, great thirst, vomiting, loss of appetite. Less than 1% of the Maine coon population is affected by polycystic kidney disease, according to the specialist Antagene;
  • hip dysplasia (malformation of the hip joint due to large size and muscular build): a study published in 2018 and conducted by Randall T Loder and Rory J Todhunter (Demographics of hip dysplasia in the Maine Coon cat) showed that 24.9% of Maine coons (out of the study population) had hip dysplasia. It mainly affects males;
  • the feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (genetic heart failure) which concerns more than one out of four Maine coons according to Antagene.

A DNA test and an X-ray are examinations that can screen for dysplasia and cardiomyopathy. It is advisable to inquire well with the breeding before any adoption of a Maine coon. This breed of cat must imperatively be vaccinated against rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza. The Maine coon lives between 11 and 15 years. It reaches its adult size after 4 years.

maine coon price

To acquire a Maine Coon, you will have to pay between 900 and 1,200 euros. This price varies according to breeding, lineage, sex and age. The annual maintenance cost can go up to 600 euros; healthy protein-based food being essential. This price also includes grooming, veterinary fees…

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