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Maine Coon Breeders' Directory

 

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  Maine Coon Breed Standard

  Maine Coon Breed History

 

HISTORY:
The Maine Coon is American's native longhaired cat. It has a history steeped in myth and legend. A wide-spread (though biologically impossible) belief is that this breed originated from matings between semi-wild domestic cats and raccoons. This myth bolstered by the bushy tail and most common coloring (brown tabby), led to the name Maine Coon.According to another legend, the breed can be traced to 6 pet cats belonging to Marie Antoinette that were smuggled out of France during the French Revolution. The most probable ancestors of the Maine Coon are cats that accompanied European colonists when they came to North America.

Whatever the true nature of their beginnings, New Englanders were proud of their "All American" cat.

 

They had been entering their Maine Cats in local cat shows during the 1860's. The first cat show in North America at Madison Square Gardens in 1895, was won by a Maine Coon. The Maine Coon retreated from popularity in the late 1800's with the arrival of "fancier" breeds. This noble creature was declared extinct in the 1950's. Its extinction was exaggerated and recorded too early. A small group of dedicated breeders helped the Maine Coon regain its position of stature in the cat fancy. By 1976, all cat registries in North America recognized the breed. The "All American" cat is now back in its rightful place. The Maine Coon is now the number 2 most popularly registered breed in North America. Conformation: Everything about the Maine Coon points to and is the result of its adaptation to the harsh climate of New England. The Maine Coon is a massive, broad chested cat with a long rectangular body on a substantial bone structure suited to survival. Males average 13 to 18 pounds, with some topping the scales over 20. While females rarely attain the same size as the males, they are substantial at 7 to 11 pounds. One of the factors for the Maine's survival was its coat. The glossy coat is shaggy, water resistant, and almost maintenance free--a good brushing about once a week is all that's required to keep it in top condition. Please refer to the Maine Coon standard for a complete description of the head, body,and coat.

COLOR:

While brown tabby and brown tabby particolor is the most commonly seen in the show ring, they are just two of the colors. The Maine Coon comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, with the exception of the pointed Siamese pattern or those of chocolate or lilac. Have a look at the Maine Coon standard to see the many choices available.

 

PERSONALITY:

The Maine Coon is known in the cat fancy as the "gentle giant". This gentle breed gets along well with children, other cats and dogs. This sociable cat prefers to be with their humans and to help in every activity. The breed has been described as owning a dog in cat clothes. Welcome a Maine Coon into your family, and you will join the thousands who sing the praises of this large, handsome, gentle, and affectionate breed.

                                       

Christine & Ron Barker
Cattery:
Lakeside Maine

573-419-9211

Web Page

Lake Wappapello, MO 

 

LeighAnn Blackmore & Doug Blackmore
Cattery:
Gator Maine

352-455-4466


Eustis, FL 

Katrina Brown
Cattery: Fluffy Giants
517-662-0200
Web Page
Palmyra, MI

Chris, Cathy & Patrick Buck

Cattery: Buctales

815-389-1330 Web Page

South Beloit, IL 

Lorelei Cauffman
Cattery:
Psycatics

515-225-4837
Web Page

West Des Moines, IA

D'Arcy Conley
Cattery: Peoria Purrs

309-363-3931

Peoria, IL

Rocky J. Dewyer
Cattery: Salems Saint
810-363-4123
Web Page

Marysville, MI  48040

Kat Doring
Cattery:
Kats Kits

651-463-4780  

 Web Page

Farmington, MN

Judi Dyer
Cattery:
CR Maines

573-247-5902

 

Salem, MO

David Dykhuizen
Cattery:
One Cat
319-350-8151 or 319-540-3736
Web Page
Mount Vernon, IA
Linda Fleshman
Cattery: TUFTS'N RUFF
816-279-2829
St. Joseph, MO 
Cammy Franklin
Cattery: Wild Pride
319-929-2012
 Cedar Rapids, IA
Melanie & Carl Galka
Cattery: CDreams
608-837-5260
Lodi, WI
Marian & Daniel Goepfert
Cattery:
MoJo Maines
417-627-0029
Web Page
Joplin, MO
Karon Hansberger
Cattery:
Reigningcats
724-484-3228
Web Page
Florida
Amy & Brian Hanson
Cattery : Ma'at
785-317-0557 Web Page Eastern Kansas
Margie Hopman
Cattery:
Kattarose
352-314-9298 Fruitland Park, FL
Emily Jarrett
Cattery: Zeus Pride
608-799-7904 
Web Page
Lacrosse, WI 
Frank & Pat Johnson
Cattery: Pats Angels
727-638-9214
Seminole, FL
Judy Liggett
Cattery: Chancery
608-335-4565 Cambridge, WI
Michele Dawn Manieri                 
Cattery: CoonPals
813-857-3335  
Web Page
Ridge Manor, FL
Lori Marjerrison
Cattery: PraireBabies
807-629-8572 Thunder Bay, ON CA
Desirae Meyer
Cattery:
Meyer Maines
507-440-5084
Web Page
Austin, MN
Wendy Meyer
Cattery:
Theatricats
507-440-7841
Web Page
Austin, MN
Julie Milazzo
Cattery: Arkancoons
501-658-7462 Alexander, AR
Jackie Mitchell
Cattery: NataRose
417-767-4803 Lockwood, MO
Lori Munding
Cattery:
Colorofcat
260-459-1182
Web page
Fort Wayne, IN
Glen Newton
Cattery: SoftNotes
651-688-9504 Eagan, MN
Serena Purdy
Cattery: GKAT
417-536-6092 Ozark, MO
Ann Rossow
Cattery: Rosscoon
952-212-7898 Northfield, MN
Judith Schulz
Cattery: Masterweaver
807-473-9288
Web Page
Thunder Bay Ontario Canada
Alena Zhytkevich
Cattery: PACoons
646-226-4141 Quakertown, PA

 

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