Maine Coon Cat, a Strong Breed

The mythology of the Maine Coon includes also its size and there also exists legends of cats of almost 18 kg. of weight.

This is also not probable, due that the life in a semi wild condition is very rough to permit a superior weight to that of the usual (from 5 to 7 kg.) although, with all, the Maine Coon is one of the races with the biggest cats.

In any case, before its debut on the feline exhibitions, the Maine Coon already had a long history as an appreciated farm animal and of company. He enjoys of a deserved reputation due to its agility, courage and resistance, and its independence and ability fits with the pilgrim spirit of the society in which he lived. It’s a race that has adapted itself for surviving in hard winter conditions. Maine is situated on the North Western end of the United Estates, border to Canada; it has an annual average measure of snow of 211 cm. And suffers from frosting temperatures during more than seven months a year, for which it is not strange for the Maine Coon to develop a thick cloak and a robust constitution.

The longer and more rigid hair of the loin and its sides gives him more isolation, while the hair on the belly, softer, forms a protective layer against snow and ice.

Its big feet, with locks of hair on the sole, help him to walk through ice and snow without any risk.

It has big ears that are even more capable than of other cats that can perceive the noises from preys and other predators at very far distances. He is a natural survivor; after two centuries of semi wild life the natural selection has purified the race from specimen in bad health conditioned and of poor intelligence.

A Winner
The Maine Coon has a privileged place in the history of feline exhibitions on the United States. A brownish tabby named Cosie was chosen as the best cat on the first national feline exhibition, celebrated in the Madison Square Garden of New York in 1895. But 40 years before, the Maine Coon was already being presented to several farm cats contests at the country fairs there is data of a contest celebrated in 1861 in Skowhegan, a town of the county of Somerset, in the State of Maine, curiously it was a Skowhegan breeder who had an outstanding role in the recuperation of the race for exhibitions in the fifties, although at that time, of course, it was extremely admired outside of its state of origin.

The Maine Coon also appeared very soon in publications. In 1861, a Maine Coon cat enthusiastic, F.R. Pierce, published the book of the cat, where he described a white and black Maine Coon called captain Jenks of the horse marines, owned by him and his brother.

Since 1897, the Maine Coon obtained the award as the best cat in the annual exhibition at Boston during three consecutive years, but these first triumphs didn’t last much.

Although, one of the first American experts, the author Frances Simpson, dedicated the Maine Coon a chapter inside the book of the cat of 1904, the Maine Coon disappeared  from the exhibitions.

It continued to be the preferred race for farmers, that wanted a strong working cat, but the maintenance of the interest for the race by the feline world stayed in the hands of a small group of breeders.

Pedigree Registration
Finally in 1953, the Central Maine Coon Cat club was founded; it was a feline association dedicated exclusively to the Maine Coon.

And that where in charge of the exhibitions of the specimens of this race and also created a pedigree registry.

From then on, this American race began to recover its reputation. In 1967 some United States Associations admitted officially the race, but until 1976 the Maine Coon didn’t receive the seal of approval from the cat fanciers’ association.

In the eighties it also found approval in the European continent, especially in Germany.

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