26 Sep Maine Coon
Intelligent and gentle giant
The definite origins the Maine Coon cats are unknown, they are a natural breed in North America, native to the state of Maine. Some believe these cats are descendants of introduced Turkish Angora cats and local short-haired tabbies. According to others, Maine Coon originates from long-haired cats brought to America by an English seafarer, Capitan Captain Charles Coon.
Characteristic features: Large, strong build, long flowing hair, large, wide paws, heavily furred ears
Personality/Temperament: Gentle and relaxed around children and dogs, loyal to their family and cautious about strangers; affectionate but not a clingy lap-cat; above average intelligence
Size: Males can weight anything between 6.8 to 11 kg (females 4.5 to 6.8 kg)
Coat: Thick and long fur well adapted to cold North American winters; varied in colour
Health: Generally healthy and hardy, some risks associated with the breed include feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and hip displasia
Interesting facts: Maine Coons are exceptional hunters. In the past, they were working cats, kept on farms to help eradicating rodents and other vermin. Main Coons are quite vocal but they posses quite an unusual meow, sounding more like a chirp or trill.