Maine Coon cats are a distinctive breed and North America's oldest natural breed. They are often referred to as gentle giants due to their larger than average stature and gregarious temperament. Males typically weigh from 12 to 25 lb and females weigh from 8 to 16 lb. Unlike regular cats that take about a year to reach full size and maturity, Maine Coon cats take 3-5 years to complete their growth. Their bodies are sturdy, muscular and rectangular. Their coat is long, silky and flowing with a heavier weatherproof topcoat and soft undercoat. Their ears are large and heavily feathered to prevent snow from gaining entry. Often they are tufted on the end with a lynx tip that is desirable within the breed standard. Their feet are large and heavily tufted on the bottoms to provide them with a snowshoe capability over snow. Maine Coons have long, full and bushy tails making them ideal for wrapping around their bodies for additional warmth. The breed includes all colors with the exception of pointed colors like the Siamese. Their eyes are large and wide set and can be shades of green, gold or copper, although white cats are permitted to be blue or odd-eyed.
The Maine Coon cat is notorious for their people oriented nature and many owners compare them to dogs in that regard. They are intelligent and playful cats, many can even be taught to fetch and perform other tricks! They most certainly are not the typical aloof and independent house cat so do be prepared to spend time with them. If you will be away from home a lot of the time it would be prudent to consider getting a pair at the same time. Then they have each other as companions and it is definitely twice the fun for you to watch their antics!
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