|Weight||More than 12 pounds for male and 8 – 12 pounds for females|
|Life Expectancy||9 – 13 years|
The Maine Coon is medium to large sized, and males are bigger than females. They have long body and tail, making them look much bigger than she is. Maine Coon is a heavily boned, muscular cat. The head is large with tall ears. The profile shows a slight dip under the large eyes. They also have broad chest and thick legs. Maine Coon’s coat is heavy and shaggy, and drapes longer on the stomach and britches but shorter on the shoulders. Their fur has a silky texture with coat falling smoothly.
Maine Coons are kittens in big cat suits, gentle despite her size and history. They need some time to adapt to strangers as they are more reserved to people they’re not familiar with. After they decided if the people has proven worthy of their trust, the Maine Coons will form a tight bond with the household. They like to participate in all family routine but note that most of them want to be near you but not on your lap.
Maine Coons are considered native to America because they’ve been on the continent since the colonial days, and maybe longer. How they got there and where their progenitors came from, however is not known.
There were many myths about the origin of the breed. One story says that the breed is a hybrid between raccoon and domestic cat, thus the name Maine Coon. Although both of them have lush, long tails and the tendency to dip their food into water, such a union is biologically impossible. Amidst all the tales, it is believed that this breed is brought in by the seaman into the New England. Through natural selection, only the breed’s strongest and most adaptable survived, the Maine Coon developed into a large, rugged cat with a dense, water-resistant coat and a hardy constitution.