Maine Coon Characteristics and Character

It is no wonder that a race with such a long history (although most of it in darkness) presents such a variety of colors and drawings on the cloak: there exists specimens with solid colors, with tabby marks, calico, bicolor, tortoise, chinchilla, cameo and smoke, in white, black, blue, red and cream. However, the typical and original, and even today favorite color of the Maine coon at exhibitions is the brownish tabby blotched. With this pattern, the Maine Coon with its dense tail has a resemblance to a raccoon.

The Maine Coon is a big cat. Robust, strong and muscular, with smooth hair, thick and abundant, but have a silky texture, short in the face and shoulders, and longer in the belly and the hind legs, where long “britches” are formed. The body is long, with an ample chest and flat loin, strong and very separated legs, big rounded and very hairy feet, and a medium length tail with abundant hair. The head must have a medium width and the neck must be robust and of medium length. The snout must be squared and the chin firmed; high cheeks and a medium nose. The ears must be situated high on the head, are big and hairy, wide at the base but sharpened. The eyes are big, slightly ripped and well separated; the gaze is clean and alert.

Considered as defects are the sharpened features and the tendency of the inferior maxillary to stand out more than the superior.

Colors
More than 25 colors are accepted, plus eight tabby patterns: the truth is that there exists Maine Coon of all the colors and with all kinds of marks, with exception of the color point.

The eyes can be green, gilded or copper, and there is no requirement for the eyes to have an identity of color with that of the cloak.

If the hair is white (and only in this case), the eyes can be blue or mismatched.

On the bicolor varieties it is usually required that the color white should occupy one third of the cloak.

Character
The Maine Coon is an excellent animal for company, he has a good character, he is calm, and it adapts well and likes to play. He usually prefers one member of the family above the others.

As is to expect from a cat with history, he is an expert hunter and it is important for him to have an access to the exterior.

Maybe as a reflex from its semi wild origin, h I famous for the choosing of unusual places and positions to sleep, and he seems immune to cold climates.

Some are exceptionally outstanding with their paws and they use them for playing with water and even to eat.

Cares
It is not a cat especially hard to comb, but the long hair on the belly and chest usually is tangled. You must comb and brush him at least once a week to undo carefully the knots.

Females don’t usually give problems when giving to birth, and the litter is of two or three whelps.

The whelps of the Maine Coon have a tricky aspect: they look as if the where a ball of tangled hair, nothing to do with the robust and strong cats they grow to.

They reach maturity at approximately four years of age.

A thick and abundant cloak replaces the hair floss, its body apparently non-coordinated acquires a robust and compact shape, the tail is long and its cover with long loose hair, and in the cats with tabby pattern the marks are particularly outstanding.

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