The ancestral origins of the Maine Coon are unknown, there is only speculation and folk tales. The generally accepted hypothesis among breeders is that the Maine Coon is descended from the pairings of local short-haired domestic cats and long-haired breeds brought overseas by English seafarers or 11th-century Norsemen. The connection to the Norsemen is seen in the strong resemblance of the Maine Coon to the Norwegian Forest Cat another breed that is said to be a descendant of cats that traveled with the Norsemen.
The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated breeds of cat. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically "native" to the state of Maine (though the feline was simply introduced there), where it is the official state cat.
12.5 years or more
Medium size cat weighing 5.9 to 8.2 kilo
The Maine Coon is a large and sociable cat, hence its nickname, "the gentle giant." Reputed for its intelligence and playful personality, the Maine Coon is often cited as having "dog-like" characteristics.
Maine Coons can have any colours that other cats have. Colours indicating crossbreeding such as chocolate, lavender, the Siamese pointed patterns or the "ticked" patterns, are not accepted by some breed standards