Recognized for having a bushy tail, shaggy coat and tufted ears, the Maine Coon is a hardy breed capable of enduring harsh climates. Referred to as a “gentle giant,” the Maine Coon is a popular companion that is good with children and dogs. This slow-maturing feline does not reach full growth for four or five years, yet is kittenlike well into old age. The Maine Coon loves nature and is particularly fascinated by water.
In 1985, this all-American breed became the official state cat of Maine.
Interested in learning about your cat's true nature? We studied one of their living ancestors, the African Wild Cat, and turned those insights into an interactive journal.