Interplex: Allpurrs Maine Coons, About Maine Coons

We are adding a photograph of one of our kittens who moved to his new home many years ago. His name was Olwyn when he left but the new owners changed her name to Rowan. We will set up a gallery for photographs from our friends as time permits and photographs become available.
She is about 7 years old and is stunning
Great News!
Our Svart Rök is home. She has been in exile at the home of two TICA judges since I had to give up most of my breeding while having both hips and a shoulder replaced. It will be great to have her home again. We reintroduced her to a vastly changed cattery. Even our name has changed since she left.

We hope to breed her some time before summer, 2015.
The Maine Coon is noted for its large bone structure, rectangular body shape, and long, flowing coat. The breed can be seen in a variety of colors and is known for its intelligence and gentle personality.

Maine Coons are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat. Males weigh from 15 to 25 lb (6.8 to 11 kg) with females weighing from 10 to 15 lb (4.5 to 6.8 kg). The height of adults can vary between 10 and 16 in (25 and 41 cm) and they can reach a length of up to 40 in (100 cm), including the tail, which can reach a length of 14 in (36 cm) and is long, tapering, and heavily furred, almost resembling a raccoon's tail. The body is solid and muscular, which is necessary for supporting their own weight, and the chest is broad. Maine Coons possess a rectangular body shape and are slow to physically mature; their full potential size is normally not reached until they are three to five years old, while other cats take about only one year.

Health problems, such as feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hip dysphasia, are seen in the breed, but screening methods can help to reduce the frequency of these problems.
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A myth which is trait-based, though genetically impossible, is the idea that the modern Maine Coon descended from ancestors of semi-feral domestic cats and raccoons. This myth would account for the common color of the breed (brown tabby) and its bushy tail. Another idea is that the Maine Coon originated between the mating of domestic cats and wild bobcats, which could explain the tufts of hairs that are so commonly seen on the tips of the ears.
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The ancestral origins of the Maine Coon are unknown. There are only theories and folk tales. One such folk tale involves Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, who was executed in 1793. The story goes that before her death, Antoinette attempted to escape France with the help of Captain Samuel Clough. She loaded Clough's ship with her most prized possessions, including six of her favorite Turkish Angora cats. Although she did not make it to the United States, her pets safely reached the shores of Wiscasset, Maine, where they bred with other short-haired breeds and evolved into the modern breed of the Maine Coon.

Although the Maine Coon's exact origins and date of introduction to the United States are unknown, many theories have been proposed. The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 19 th century, but its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20 th century. The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and is now one of the most popular cat breeds in the world.

Page updated 15 SEP 2013
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