Whether you’re a cat or a dog person, I think we can all agree that Maine Coons are pretty darn impressive. Their shear size compared to that of their domestic feline counterparts is enough to do a double take and possibly mistake this breed for a small mountain lion. Males can weigh up to 35 lbs and measure up to 48.5 inches.
Some say Maine Coons host the perfect combination of dog and cat-like characteristics. They’re funny, playful, and curious like cats, they’re fairly low maintenance compared to a dog, and they’re also incredibly friendly, loyal and loving. They have even been known to get lonely when their owners are out of the house. For someone who’s not sure if they have the commitment to give to a dog but want a loving and loyal furry best friend, this might just be the animal you’re looking for.
Maine Coon’s have a somewhat mysterious origin, as no one seems to know definitively where they come from. What is agreed upon is that they are known to be one of the oldest breeds in North America, having first been mentioned in 1861. They are believed to have descended from a domestic cat crossed with longhaired foreign cats brought here on ships from England at the time.
Several strange myths surround their mysterious origin including one belief that Maine Coons are the product of a domestic cat and a raccoon, which is scientifically impossible. Another theory includes Marie Antoinette. Legend has it that the Maine Coon is a French cat and that Marie Antoinette shipped them to the U.S before her intended escape from France.
Whichever way the United States obtained this creature, we sure are glad we did. Maine Coons are one of the most popular cats, ranking third among breeds registered by the Cat Fanciers Association.
These giant domestic cats are incredible animals and will make your current cat look pathetically small compared to their massive size. Here’s a countdown to the biggest Maine Coon we’ve found.
“Where’d he go? Where’d he go?”
“Oh, this ol’ tail? I’ve had it for years…”
“Am I getting paid for these photos?”
“I don’t have a good side. Every side is my good side.”
“My head is sooo much larger than yours…You know what they say about large heads, right? Much, much larger brains. I’m sorry, it’s science.”
“You look intensely into the camera and I’m going to look off in a distance, all pensive like… Yup, we nailed it.”
“God, it’s hot.”
“I am not amused.”
“I mustache you a question…”
“See this kitten behind me, here? I eat kittens like that for breakfast!”
“Check out my forearm. Do you see how big it is? How about now?”
“Blue steel on 3. 1….2….3.”
“Last set! 1 and 2 and 3 and 4. Pick up the pace, lady!”
“I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a basketball scholarship this year.”
“All my friends call me the buffalo cat. I don’t know about all that. I still feel small when I stand beside the ocean.”