Often called the “gentle giant” of the cat world, the Maine Coon is a popular cat with a big body and a matching big heart. Learn all about this wonderful cat breed in this article!
These fluffy felines are renowned for their large size and are often called the biggest domestic cat breed in the world. They have bushy tails, a royal looking ruff on the front and sweet little tufts of hair on their ears, which has helped spark the myth that their ancestors included bobcats. Maine Coons are also slow to grow, so you might not know their full size until the age of 4! They look huge, but most of that is hair so they weigh relatively little in proportion to their size.
Strong and heavily-boned, broad chest with big shoulders and rump, a level back and short legs. Long ear and paws tufts.
Long face, high cheekbones, square muzzle, tufts of hair on ears
Large and oval-shaped, shades of green, gold, green-gold or copper but blue and odd-eyed allowed when there is a (partly) white fur.
The Maine Coon is a healthy breed and individuals can live a long and full life, although there are some health concerns connected to their size and genetic pool. They can develop hip dysplasia, an abnormality of the hip joint that can cause painful arthritis. They may also be more at risk for feline hyperthropic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which can lead to a sudden cardiac arrest and subsequent death so testing for this disease is advised. Kittens should also be screened for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which are both inherited diseases.
The Maine Coon has a long and silky coat, which needs to be brushed and combed regularly. During the shedding seasons, especially in spring, you’ll have to brush even more as they will shed their thick undercoat, usually in small clumps of hair. They can also get mats easily so consider investing in a de-matting brush. Because of their larger-than-average size, they’ll also eat more than average to produce enough energy.