About Maine Coon Cats (page 1)
The Maine Coon Cat is the native American long-haired cat and was first recognized as a specific breed in Maine where it was named the official cat of the state. These cats were held in high regard by the locals for their mousing talents and special competitions were held to reward the best "Coon Cat."
The Maine Coon Cat evolved through nature's own breeding program developing characteristics by following a "survivsl of the fittest" evolution. The characteristics all have a purpose and function. Maine Coon Cats developed into sturdy, working cats suited to the harsh winters and varied seasons of the Northeast region.
The Maine Coon Cat of today is known for a sturdy, rugged appearance, which includes an uneven, shaggy coat of three distinct lenghts and a long, well furnished tail. They carry that tail proudly and use it to surround themselves for warmth and protection. A Maine Coon Cat has large, well tufted paws to allow the ability to walk on top of snow despite size and weight. Ears are large and well tufted for protection and warmth.