Cat Breeds 101: Maine Coon – Image To Repin / Share
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Considered as one of the oldest breeds of felines in Northern America, the Maine Coon is well distinguished by its unique appearance, as well as its impressive hunting abilities. The breed is also popular as “Feline Greeters of the World”, “Shags” and “Gentle Giant”.
With the arrival of Persians in the 1900’s, the popularity of Maine Coon has significantly declined. It was only in the 1950’s when the breed regained its popularity.
The current distinct appearance of Maine Coons is said to be the product of its struggle to adapt to harsh weather climate in the past. The semi-long coat of Maine Coons is usually heavy, glossy, and water resistant. It has also a long and bushy tail, which the breed used to wrap itself during cold winters in the past.
Some owners love this breed because of its soft coat which falls smoothly, thereby requiring less brushing and grooming regularly. On the other hand, Maine Coons also have a distinguished pair of large and almost oval eyes that are known to be very expressive. The color of the eyes may vary from green to gold. 
In addition to its relatively large eyes that confer good seeing abilities, Maine Coons also have large ears which enhance their hearing. The ears are heavily furred to protect against cold climate. If you may have noticed, the breed also has big tufted pair of feet that served as its “snow shoes” before. 
Maine Coons are known to be people-oriented but unlike other breeds, they are not overly dependent on their owners. Though they may be wonderful companions at home, you cannot expect them to stay on your lap most of time. They love to hang-out with their owners. They make sure that they stay close with their owners by following them wherever they go.
Unlike other breeds that are vocal in order to catch the attention of their owners, Maine Coons rarely meows. Nonetheless, they are known to be relaxed, outgoing, and good natured. Throughout their lives, they remain kittenish. In fact, they are considered as slow-growers because they only reach maturity at age four or five. They also get along well with children, other breeds of cats and even dogs. The Maine Coon is also known to be an energetic, playful and highly intelligent breed.