A domestic breed, it is one of the largest domestic cats in existence.
They come in many different colors as you can see in these pictures of Maine Coon Cats.
Maine Coon Cats have been around for more than a century. In fact, the first reference to them is from the 17th century in the United States. In fact, a Maine Coon cat is mentioned in literature in 1861. The next known mention of the Maine Coon is 1895, when a Maine Coon won the title of Best Cat at the Madison Square Garden Cat Show. There is much speculation as to how they originated, but there is not any substantial proof of any of the theories.
The coat of the honey shaded golden Maine Coon is lighter than the dark shaded golden. In both varieties of shaded golden, the roots of the coat are golden and the tips are dark. The pattern of the dark shaded golden Maine Coon is similar to that of the black smoke coat — with a greater portion of each guard hair being dark
Everything from their overall size, to the shape of their paws, to the thickness of their fur makes them suitable animals for harsh winter weather.
Furthermore, their fur has a water resistant quality to it.
With big paws, often referred to as snowshoes are equipped
with tuffs of fur between the toes. This Maine Coon is having
a walk outdoors, in the snow, in Canada.
The Maine Coon Cats of today would not have been considered as a part of the breed at one time. Only brown tabbies were referred to as Maine Coon Cats, and any ‘Maine Coon’ of a different color was referred to as a Maine Shag Cat.
Cat experts largely agree that the Maine Coon is a product of mating between short haired domestic cats with long hair cats from overseas, at a time when people began migrating from Europe.
Maine Coon Cats also have unique personalities. They are often likened to dogs. Unlike some other cat breeds, the Maine Coon is highly sociable with humans and other pets. These cats will actually run to you when you call them, and are likely to be sitting at the door waiting for you when you arrive home.
They do like a lot of love and attention!
Male and female shaded silver Maine Coons have white roots on their guard hairs and undercoats and dark tips
Miss Phoebe McFadden of Foxbrook is a solid white two year-old Maine Coon with a prominent “ruff” or “majestic area.” She is quite vocal and trills her meows when happy, startled or if she’s disturbed while sleeping. Phoebe frequently strikes poses, a characteristic she most likely inherited from her show cat father, Diggary Dude of Foxbrook.
Mr. Bingley, a.k.a. “Bing” 1.5 yr old Black Maine Coon