12 Maine Coon Cat Facts Are So Unreal, You Wont Believe They’re All True

Maine coon cats have been around for so long, you probably think you know everything there is to know about the breed. The truth is that these cats, known as the “gentle giants” of their species, have a very interesting story, and we rounded up a few facts that might surprise even the most knowledgeable Maine coon fan.

1. Maine coon cats are enormous felines. 

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The average male Maine coon can weigh up to 18 pounds. The breed has even been mistaken for a bobcat before!

2. There are several interesting theories about the Maine coon’s origin.

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Some believe these cats are descendants of the ones brought to Maine by Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution, and another theory is that Maine coons originated when semi-wild domesticated cats bred with raccoons. The most likely explanation for the breed is that they resulted from short-haired cats mating with domesticated long haired-cats brought over by the Vikings in the 1700s.


3. Maine coons are built to survive cold winter temperatures.

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Their beautiful bushy tails are meant to wrap around their bodies to keep them warm when it gets too cold.

4. The Maine coon’s coat doesn’t just come in brown…

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While we typically think of this breed as having a raccoon-like coloring, Maine coons can actually come in many different colors. Smoke, cream, cameo, mackerel, and tortoiseshell colorings are all recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) as purebred coats.


5. Maine coons won America’s first juried cat exhibition.

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Held at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1895, one of the first recorded juried cat exhibitions in the United States recognized the Maine coon as its choice for the “Best Cat” award.

6. The breed is very popular everywhere, not just in Maine.

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In 2015, the CFA reported that Maine coons were the third-most popular breed in America. According to other statistics, Europe and Japan also have love for the Maine coon.

We kept the craziest facts for the last page!

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