About Maine Coon Kittens Portland USA
The Maine Coon Cat is America’s first indigenous show cat. A dozen of this down-east, working-class heroes were listed in the program of a show held in Boston in January 1878. Often called the “gentle giants” of the cat fancy, the Maine Coon Cat’s origins are shrouded in the mists of time and the legends told by their owners.
Many people once believed the Maine Coon Cat originated by interbreeding the American bobcat with the domestic cats brought to North America on the various sailing ships that came to the Northeastern seaboard. Probably the tufted ears and feet of the Maine Coon Cat, which are similar to the bobcat’s, gave some credence to this legend. The tuft curls outward from the inside of the ears and tufts of fur are found between the toes.
Taking fantasy one step farther is the belief that the domestic cats of New England bred with raccoons. The early Maine Coon Cats may simply have looked like raccoons to the natives, since the brown tabby, with its bushy ringed tail, occurs most commonly in nature. The Maine Coon Cat also converses occasionally with an endearing trill or chirp, somewhat like the cry of a young raccoon. It is genetically impossible for domestic cats to breed with either raccoons or bobcats, as we in the cat fancy know because they are of different genera and do not hybridize.
The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated cat breed. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest [specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official state cat.
No records of the Maine Coon’s exact origins and date of introduction to the United States exist, so several competing hypotheses have been suggested. The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 19th century, but its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20th century. The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and is now one of the more popular cat breeds in the USA.