Myths, legend and lore surround the history of Maine Coon Cats.
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The Maine Coon Cat is the native American long-haired cat and was first recognized as a specific breed in Maine where it was named the official cat of the state. These cats were held in high regard by the locals for their mousing talents and special competitions were even held to reward the best “Coon Cat.”
Weighing anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds, Maine Coon Cats are considered the largest of the domestic cats and are rugged working cats with shaggy, uneven fur. Maine Coon Cats are exceptionally sweet cats (owners can expect a greeting every time they arrive home) and love any kind of attention-making grooming their long shaggy fur a breeze.
Maine Coon Cats Facts
- In 1985, this all-American breed became the official state cat of Maine.
- The winner of the first cat show in North America, at Madison Square Garden in 1895, was a Maine Coon Cat.
- The Maine Coon is not a cross between a cat and a raccoon.
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