Breed Profile General info about the Maine Coon.
Breed Standard Technical descriptions of the breed, type, color,
show point assignment etc.
Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association - (MCBFA),
founded in 1968, is the national breed association.
Coon Database Search page of more than 10,000 cats,
maintained by Ulrika Olsson.
Hibou's Search page, containing more than 15,000 cats.
to Find a Maine Coon Kitten - by Cat Moody, Stormwatch
selection of books about Maine Coon cats can be ordered from amazon.com.
Coon Cats: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Reproduction,
Diseases, and Behavior (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual),
Carol Himsel Daly, 1995. This is an excellent modern guide for the pet
owner, with many color photos of beautiful cats.
Yankee Cat: The Maine Coon, Marilis
Hornidge, 1992 (revised edition). This book's particular strength is
its evocation of the breed's roots in Maine culture, with many fine
tales about those wonderful "shags". Many pictures of Maine
Coon cats, both historical and modern. The best book for stories and
history of the Maine Coon cat.
Is the Maine Coon Cat, Sharon P. Bass. Reprinted in 1990, this
book has actually not been updated (to our knowledge) since its
original edition in 1983. A fine book for its time, with many color
illustrations of cats that grace our pedigrees now. Sections on
showing practices and the like are a little out of date.
to Owning a Maine Coon Cat, Abigail Greene, 1997.
Coon Cats, Stuart A. Kallen, 1996. This is listed as a child's
book, reading level 4-8 years.
1999 Maine Coon Cat calendar. Beautiful photographs of gorgeous
Maine Coon Cats.
The CFA Kids and
Cats Website, Lots of information for kids to learn about all of
the different breeds of cats and about what happens at cat shows.
Coon FAQ (Click here for
"How big do they
A full-grown female
typically weighs between 12 -16 pounds and males tend to be in the 17
to 24 pound range.
"Do they need much
brushing like the persians do?"
Maine Coons do not need
much grooming and a bi-weekly combing is all that is usually required
to keep the coat in good condition.
"I think my cat is part
Maine Coon. How would I know?"
The Maine Coon is
America's native longhair cat; it evolved naturally in response to the
New England climate. Your cat's ancestors might be similar to the cats
that founded the Maine Coon breed. However, it's impossible to tell
from just looking at your cat if it is related to the Maine Coon or to
any other breed. Because the Maine Coon is a natural breed and hasn't
been bred to extremes, there are cats all over the world that resemble
the Maine Coon. The only way to tell for sure if your cat is a Maine
Coon is to look at the pedigree.
Do Maine Coons come in other
colors besides brown?"
Maine Coons come in a wide
variety of color combinations, 87 to be exact.