Maine Coons stand apart from other cat breeds due to their unique traits, including their incredible personalities and astounding physical characteristics. Maine Coons are nicknamed “Gentle Giants” because of their relaxed, patient temperaments despite their large and sometimes intimidating size. Most people are able to easily identify a Maine Coon from a picture, and if you ever have the pleasure of getting to know one it’ll come as no surprise that they’re one of the most popular cat breeds out there.
1. Maine Coons are “Gentle Giants”
One myth about the origins of the Maine Coon is that they are the product of cross breeding a mountain lion and a raccoon. Although this is nothing but a myth, no one can deny the fact that Maine Coons are gigantic creatures (averaging between 12-18 lbs), and their lynx-tipped ears and lion-like face make them seem ferocious.
But nothing could be further from the truth as Maine Coons are one of the most gentle and patient cat breeds out there. They’re often cited as being great companions for children and other pets as they can handle their high energy and intrusive nature.
Maine Coons are usually the cat of choice for owners with a busy household and get along well with dogs.
2. Maine Coons are “Dog-like”
Many Maine Coon owners can attest to the fact that Maine Coons act like dogs in many ways. They’re incredibly loyal and love having all the attention. Don’t be surprised if your Maine Coon follows you around the house and waits by the door for you to get home after work.
3. Maine Coons Have a Long Fur; Even on Their Ears
Maine Coons are known as longhair cats, meaning they have a long, fluffy coat that keeps them warm in cold temperatures. Their three-layers of hair also means they shed a LOT and require weekly brushing to manage (they’ll lose it anyway, might as well not be on your furniture!).
All Maine Coons have hair on their ears, which are known as lynx tips, and long hairs inside of their ears known as ear tufts. Some lynx tips on Maine Coons are reported to grow as long as several inches long, giving them a very sharp appearance that’s hard to miss.
4. Maine Coons are Intelligent
Maine Coons are surprisingly intelligent and will pick up on things very quickly after first entering your home. They’ll often learn to make different sounds to communicate with their owners, their own kitty language if you will!
They’re also generally easy to train (with a few treats, of course) and can be trained to be good travel companions.
5. Maine Coons are Excellent Mousers
You’ll never have another mouse in your home with a Maine Coon. They’re incredible hunters and will need a lot of toys to keep their hunter-instincts preoccupied. Maine Coons are such great mousers that they were originally kept as ship cats on vessels off the coast of New England who were given the duty of keeping the ships free of rats.
6. Maine Coons Like Water
Unlike most cats, Maine Coons actually like water! You might just find your Maine Coon playing in the sink, joining you in the bathtub or shower, or even swimming. Maine Coons actually got the “Coon” part of their name because they love playing in water like raccoons, and even look like them doing so!