The Cat Breeds and Domestic/Wild Hybrids

The Maine Coon is a large but sociable cat, nickname – “the gentle giant”, 
Reputed for its intelligence and playful, gentle personality, 
The Maine Coon is often cited as having “dog-like” characteristics-

The breed’s colors vary widely, 
with only lilac and chocolate disallowed for pedigree. 
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The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed 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.

Although no records exist regarding the Maine Coon’s exact origins and date of introduction to the United States, 
There are multiple competing theories. 
The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 19th century, 
however its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20th century. 
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The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and 
is now one of the most popular cats breeds in the world.
The Maine Coon  is characterised by a robust bone structure, 
rectangular body shape, a silky flowing coat and a long, bushy tail. 
– hip dysplasia, in male Maine Coon 
 Professionals notice certain health problems in the breed including feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy –
Reputable Breeders, use modern screening methods to minimize the frequency of these problems.

History The ancestral origins of the Maine Coon are unknown…

There are only speculation 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 developed into the modern breed of the Maine Coon.
Another folk tale involves Captain Charles Coon, an English seafarer who kept long-haired cats aboard his ships. 
Whenever Coon’s ship would anchor in New England ports, 
the felines would exit the ship and mate with the local feral cat population. 
When long-haired kittens began appearing in the litter’s of the local cat population, 
they were referred to as one of “Coon’s cats.”
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 matings of domestic cats and wild bobcats,
 which could explain the tufts of hairs that are so commonly seen on the tips of the ears.
The generally-accepted theory among breeders is that the Maine Coon is descended from the pairings of local short-haired domestic cats 
and long-haired breeds brought overseas by English seafarers (possibly by Captain Charles Coon) 
or 11th-century Vikings.
The connection to the Vikings is seen in the strong resemblance of the Maine Coon 
to the Norwegian Forest Cat, 
another breed that is said to be a descendant of cats that traveled with the Vikings.

The List Of Cat Breeds

The List Of Cat Breeds

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The Maine Coon

Abyssinian Cat Breed


Abyssinians aren’t for those who want decorative cats to match the rust-colored carpet, or for those who want cats that enjoy …

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American Bobtail Cat Breed

American Bobtail

While the breed is still developing, breeders say that Bobtails are playful, energetic, and friendly, and possess an uncanny …

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American Curl Cat Breed

American Curl

Curls have qualities other than the whimsical ears to make them attractive pets. They are people cats that do not show any of …

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American Shorthair Cat Breed

American Shorthair

When describing the American Shorthair, the expression ‘happy medium’ springs to mind. These all-American cats are medium in …

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American Wirehair Cat Breed

American Wirehair

Wirehairs are people cats that crave human attention and affection. They are active without being hyper, and affectionate …

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Balinese Cat Breed


Balinese cats are smart, sweet, and fun to be around. Like the Siamese, they are known for their ability to communicate vocally, …

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Bengal Cat Breed


The Bengal may look like a wild cat, but breeders insist that the Bengal is as lovably friendly and docile as any full-blooded …

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Birman Cat Breed


Birmans are affectionate, gentle, and faithful companions with an air of dignity that seems to invite adoration by their human …

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Bombay Cat Breed


If an aloof, independent cat is what you’re craving, this breed isn’t for you. Bombays are attached to their family, and tend to …

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British Shorthair Cat Breed

British Shorthair

If you’re looking for a cat that will loot your refrigerator and swing dizzily from your chandeliers, then the British Shorthair …

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Burmese Cat Breed


Breeders and fanciers report that Burmese are amusing, playful, and super-smart, the perfect interactive cats for home, office, …

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Chartreux Cat Breed


Known for their hunting prowess, Chartreux cats may have been taken in by those monks long ago to rid the monastery of vermin. …

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Cornish Rex Cat Breed

Cornish Rex

Cornish Rexes are good for folks who like having their lives run by active, inquisitive, gazelle-like felines that love a good …

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Cymric Cat Breed


The personality of the Cymric has won a strong following despite the breeding challenges. Cymrics are intelligent, fun-loving …

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Devon Rex Cat Breed

Devon Rex

Devons have been compared to pixies, elves, and, of course, space aliens for their jumbo-sized satellite-dish ears, large, …

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Egyptian Mau Cat Breed

Egyptian Mau

While fanciers might at first be attracted to the Egyptian Mau’s beautiful spotted coat, most become enthusiasts because of the …

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Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed

Exotic Shorthair

Some folks who don’t appreciate that laid-back, mellow personality label Persians and their relatives ‘furniture with fur’, but …

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Havana Brown Cat Breed

Havana Brown

More distinctive than the muzzle, ears, or minklike coat is the Havana Brown?s personality. Although still quite rare and for …

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Himalayan Cat Breed


Himmies, as fanciers call them, are perfect indoor cat companions. They are gentle, calm, and sweet-tempered, but they possess a …

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Japanese Bobtail Cat Breed

Japanese Bobtail

Bobs make outstanding companions. They’re curious, bold, intelligent, and alert, and easily adjust to new people, situations, …

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Javanese Cat Breed


Javanese cats, like their Balinese relatives, are playful, devoted, and always eager to tell you their views on life, love, and …

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Korat  Cat Breed


Korats are not as vocal as their Siamese comrades; they have other ways of getting their wishes across. At dinnertime they’ll …

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Maine Coon Cat Breed

Maine Coon

No breed has a monopoly on love and affection, but there’s got to be some good reason that the Maine Coon has clawed his way up …

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Manx Cat Breed


The Manx’s personality is probably the reason the breed has won such a strong following despite the physical difficulties and …

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Munchkin Cat Breed


For their part, Munchkins, oblivious to the controversy surrounding them, go on being just what they are, cats; self-assured and …

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Nebelung Cat Breed


Nebelungs are mild, soft-spoken, and gentle. They are generally reserved around strangers, ranging from hiding-under-the-bed …

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Norwegian Forest Cat Cat Breed

Norwegian Forest Cat

Natural athletes, Norwegian Forest Cats love to investigate counters, bookcases, and the loftiest peaks of their cat trees. …

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Ocicat Cat Breed


Ocicats may look wild, but they are actually affectionate, curious, and playful, and possess a very strong devotion to their …

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Oriental Cat Breed


The personality of the Oriental is as distinctive as the multicolored exterior. They are natural entertainers, full of …

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Persian Cat Breed


If you want your cats bouncing around like hyperactive popcorn, don’t buy a Persian. Persians are perfect companions, if you …

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Ragdoll Cat Breed


Docile, mild-mannered, and congenial, Rag-dolls make ideal indoor companions. One of the nicest features of these cats is their …

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Russian Blue Cat Breed

Russian Blue

Russian Blues are gentle, genteel cats, and are usually reserved, or absent, when strangers are around. When they’re with their

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Scottish Fold Cat Breed

Scottish Fold

Scottish Folds are intelligent, sweet-tempered, soft-spoken, and easily adaptable to new people and situations. They are very …

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Selkirk Rex Cat Breed

Selkirk Rex

Selkirks are fun-loving, mellow cats with a generous measure of love and affection for their human companions. Very people-…

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Siamese Cat Breed


Some cats seem to think that a purr or a friendly rub speaks louder than words. Siamese are not of this school of thought and …

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Siberian Cat Breed


Siberians are affectionate cats with a good dose of personality and playfulness. They are amenable to handling, and breeders …

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Singapura Cat Breed


Singapuras, happily unaware of the controversy surrounding them, go right on being what they are: pesky people pleasers. At home …

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Snowshoe Cat Breed


Breeders brave enough to take on the Snowshoe challenge find that the cat pays back the effort in love and affection. Anyone …

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Somali Cat Breed


With all the virtues of the Abyssinian and adorned by a gorgeous semi-long coat, the Somali is a beautiful and lively addition …

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Sphynx Cat Breed


According to the French breed standard, the Sphynx is part monkey, part dog, part child, and part cat. The breed does seem to …

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Tonkinese Cat Breed


The Tonkinese has a winsome personality, not surprising since the Burmese and Siamese are prized for their temperaments. …

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Turkish Angora Cat Breed

Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora fanciers are as attached to their cats as their cats are to them. Angoras seem to invoke strong responses in …

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Turkish Van Cat Breed

Turkish Van

While you might be drawn to the Van for his fascination with water, you’ll fall in love with the breed for his other qualities. ‘…

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