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The Maine Coon’s behaviour, personality, and devotion are doglike for a cat particularly. A modern breed relatively, its development dates back just over two hundred years. It is one of the biggest breeds of home house cat, with men growing up to 18 pounds at maturity, and it is the only cat that may be stated to be truly UNITED STATES in origin.

Originating in the American Northeast, its personality managed to get a favorite house pet, and its hunting skills let it earn its keep as a mouser. It really is a long-haired breed, having evolved to survive chilly eastern winters. The layer is coarser than other longhaired breeds so it doesn’t tangle as readily, and therefore requires less frequent grooming. The dense, bushy tail, approximately the distance of the body, roughly, can be used for both balance and agility while hunting so that as insulation to stay warm while at rest.

Despite its current popularity, the breed’s true origin remains uncertain, although many myths have arisen to take into account its appearance. The Genetic Impossibility theory suggests it arose from crossing local domestic felines with bobcats (or, as the name suggests, raccoons, presumably detailing the breed’s large size, pointed ear tips, and bushy tail.) The Intimate theory would posit a France connection suggesting Marie Antoinette attemptedto escape France during the Revolution, packing her stuff, including several longhaired pet cats, on a fresh England-bound ship. This theory gets the ship arriving without her (decapitation having caused her to rethink her travel plans), but having her cats, which proceeded to breed with the local short-haired cat population presumably.

A more likely description is that the Maine Coon is a result of evolution and natural selection at work: the survival of the fittest. Felines have been popular and useful dogs for centuries, both onboard ships and on farms as mousers. The introduction in New Britain of individuals from all over Europe blended bigger, short-haired cats from mainland Europe with stockier, longhaired varieties from Scandinavia and the north. Decades of evolution produced a cat well equipped to survive harsh winters.

The Maine Coon’s popularity skyrocketed in the later 1800s, where it won many Best in Show categories at major cat shows in New York, Boston, and Chicago. But its recognition dwindled at the convert of the century with the launch of amazing long-haired breeds like the Persian and Himalayan, to a point where it was labelled extinct in the 1950s. Yet cat fanciers were able to resurrect the breed and restore it to its prior levels of popularity, @[making it now the second most popular breed in THE UNITED STATES. No wonder it’s said pet cats have nine lives!

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