Maine Coon Facts

The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated breeds of cat. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, 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 world.

The Maine Coon is a large and sociable cat, hence its nickname, "the gentle giant." It is characterized by a prominent ruff along its chest, robust bone structure, rectangular body shape, an uneven two layered coat with longer guard hairs with a silky satin under layer undercoat, and a long, bushy tail. The breed's colors vary widely, with only lilac and chocolate disallowed for pedigree. Reputed for its intelligence and playful, gentle personality, the Maine Coon is often cited as having "dog-like" characteristics. Professionals notice certain health problems in the breed including feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hip dysplasia, but reputable breeders use modern screening methods to minimize the frequency of these prob

 

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Hopecats Cattery is a small CFA registered cattery located in Henderson, North Carolina.. 

We work exclusively with Maine Coon cats and kittens. We work with Grand Champion and regional winning lines. Our cats are known for their out going,relaxed and loving personalities.  Our goal is to breed and show quality  and healthy Maine Coons with great personalities. We test our breeding cats for HCM genetically and  tested by veterinary cardiologists.  We work hard to socialize our kittens and get them ready to grow into happy healthy adults.

GC, RW Hopecats Chili Pepper of Aslanspaw
(Regional Southern Winner)
(CFA) 10th best kitten in southern region,
1st best maine coon kitten in southern region.