The Maine Coon Cat, a feline gentle giant


The Maine Coon cat is most often a brown tabby or brown tabby with white, but the breed is available in almost every color, with the exceptions being the chocolate and lavender colors and pointed or ticked tabby patterns.

Their eyes are golden to green, though white colored Maine Coons can also be seen to have blue or even mis-matched eyes.


The Maine Coon's long, luxurious coat is deceptively easy to maintain. A good combing twice a week keeps their fur from matting, reducing both shedding and hairballs.

Most will tolerate the occassional bath, and many actually enjoy baths when introduced to them as a kitten.


Maine Coon Cats have often been called "gentle giants," and with good reason. With a sweet disposition and easy going attitude toward friends and family alike, Maine Coons are very affectionate and social beings.

They love to hang out with their humans, happily play fetch and are eager to learn anything one cares to teach them. Often seen strolling on a leash with their humans, these cats get compliments wherever they go.


Maine Coons are known for their large size, with females averaging up to 16 pounds and males up to 18, with some tipping the scales at 20-plus pounds.

Originally barn cats, These beauties sport a long, shaggy coat that lays close to the body. The Main Coon cat is characterized by a bushy long tail, tufted paw pads. They have large ears with furry tufts - "lynx tips" on top.

The Maine Coon is a big, strong beautiful cat, perfectly adapted for the cold region for which they are named.

CFA Maine Coon Breed Council

The Maine Coon Cat as a Companion

The Maine Coon is one of the most popular breeds at cat shows. In fact a Maine Coon won "Best Cat" in the very first CFA cat show!

This glamorously coated feline will share its affection with the entire household, but generally chooses a single person as its beloved human. The breed shows four color classes: solid, tabby, tabby with white and parti-color.

Patterns include the classic tabby, the mackerel tabby and the patched tabby. The Maine Coon is the second most popular breed in America today.

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