Breed standard

The breed standard for the Maine Coon was revised in the autumn of 1971, making several changes to the breed’s appearance and temperament. The main changes to the standard concern coat quality and color, as well as the length and shape of the head and tail. The Maine Coon’s head is square in outline, slightly longer than its width, with a soft curve extending from the muzzle to its cheekbones. Its tail should be carried in a track.

The breed standard for the Maine Coon includes several color variations. The most common colors that are permitted are brown tabby and tortoiseshell, which is a combination of brown and white. White color is permitted, but not fawn. Other possible color combinations include black and cream and blue and cream.

Many original Maine Coon cats had polydactylism, which is characterized by having one or more extra toes on one paw. Although this trait is not permitted in the CFA’s competition standards, Maine Coon enthusiasts continued to breed the cats in rural areas. One such breeder, Mrs Ethelyn Whittemore, kept meticulous records of her cats and sold them to catteries that were interested in keeping the breed alive. After the cattery’s success, the Maine Coon was accepted as a championship breed by the CFA in 1976.

The Maine Coon breed standard is not an exact science, but it helps breeders determine whether their cats are of show quality or not. It also helps them establish cattery lines. The breed standard for the Maine Coon is published on the CFA website, and is current as of this date. Individual cat clubs can also use their own breed standards.

Physical characteristics

The Maine Coon is a type of cat that has a distinct appearance. This breed has a thick coat and is about eight to 18 pounds in weight. Its tail is long and full, dragging along the ground like a feather duster. Its head is medium in size, with a squarish muzzle. Its ears are slightly pointed, and the color of their eyes can vary. While the normal cat’s eyes are yellow or brown, the Maine Coon’s are an interesting color.

The Maine Coon is large, compared to other domestic cats. The average domestic cat weighs between nine to ten pounds, but a Maine Coon cat can weigh as much as 25 pounds and be up to sixteen inches tall. The breed is also highly active, and it is very common for one to see one roaming the house or playing with other pets.

The Maine Coon is a native to the northeastern United States. They are thought to be descended from a cat and a raccoon. They were originally a popular farm cat and mouser. They are also very beautiful, which helped them gain popularity in the region. The breed even won a major cat show in the United States in 1895.

The Maine Coon has an elegant, square face and long, thick fur. This breed is extremely friendly and can tolerate both cats and dogs. However, the breed is prone to heart disease. About 35% of breeders carry a mutation that causes HCM. Other common diseases include hip dysplasia and hemolytic anemia. DNA testing can be used to check for these and other genetic diseases.

Maine Coons are known for their playful nature. Both the male and female have different personalities and enjoy playing chase games. Both are not very vocal, but they can make soft chirps to communicate with their owners. Some Maine Coons are affected by hip dysplasia, which results in lameness and renal failure. Regular vet visits can prevent many of these problems.

Health care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought major changes to health care in Maine. The state’s uninsured rate fell from 15.9 percent in 2013 to 11.5 percent in 2018. Approximately 40,000 more Mainers now have health insurance, according to the state’s most recent data. However, many people still do not have coverage.

The state is moving toward universal health care, but a debate over whether or not it will be affordable and available to all Mainers is brewing. One debated issue in this state is whether to create a single health insurance system or to create regionalized plans. The state should have a competitive and affordable health care market and offer Mainers a range of options.

The issue of food insecurity and health care costs has many facets. Many government programs have been implemented to address food insecurity and health care costs, but the overall effectiveness of these programs is limited by a lack of coordination and strict policies. The authors of the paper draw from published research and state and national data to examine Maine’s health care system and discuss how the state can improve the quality of life of its citizens. They also discuss potential threats to the success of these programs, including budget cuts.

A number of factors have made health care in Maine more expensive and less accessible. Insufficient insurance coverage, an aging population, and chronic illnesses have put pressure on the health care system. Further, the shortage of medical professionals in Maine’s rural areas has further complicated the situation. As a result, many rural Mainers must travel for primary care and specialty care, and are often unable to access care for their chronic conditions.


The Maine Coon is a large domesticated cat that originated in Maine, USA. These cats are believed to be descendants of long-haired cats brought to the state by the early settlers. They are also closely related to raccoons, which may have influenced the name.

The Maine Coon was the first pet animal to be cloned commercially. In 1997, an owner named Julie used the tissues of her beloved pet, named Little Nicky, to create a new cat. She paid a controversial company, Genetic Savings & Clone, Inc., $50,000 for the process, which involved implanting an embryo into the womb of a surrogate mother cat. The surrogate mother cat then gave birth to a kitten that was nearly identical to Julie’s beloved pet.

While there are no definitive answers to the origins of the Maine Coon, it is believed that this breed may have originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to America by European sailors. However, genetic testing indicates that this breed is descended from two separate breeds. The breed has adapted over time to survive the harsh conditions of the cold climate and has a distinctive tufted paw.

While many people may picture a brown raccoon cat, the actual color and pattern of a Maine Coon varies widely. It has long legs and large, tufted paws that provide traction to catch prey and act as snowshoes. They also have a long, bushy tail.

The Maine Coon is a very solid working cat, able to survive harsh climates. Although they are not lap cats, they make excellent companions for kids and are very friendly. They can also get along with other pets.


The history of the Maine Coon Cat dates back to the 18th century. In the 1840s, a black and white cat was co-owned by Mrs. E.R. Pierce and published in The History of the Maine Coon Cat. In the book, the author details the history of domestic cats in the United States, including the Maine Coon. She lists the cat shows held along the eastern seaboard and names of winners. The book goes on to say that large cat shows were held in every eastern city, and that some cat shows were held in the west as well.

The Maine Coon was initially thought to be a hybrid of two species, raccoons and domestic cats. However, there is no definitive proof of this fact. In 1861, the breed was first mentioned in the “Book of the Cat.” Eventually, Maine Coons were shown at cat shows in Europe and the United States. In 1895, a brown tabby named Cosey was the first Maine Coon to enter a cat show. In this show, Cosey won a medal and silver collar. Its medal is still on display in the Cat Fanciers’ Association offices.

A Maine Coon is a very intelligent animal, and they are very social. They have an amazing vocabulary, including a variety of purrs, trills, and cheeps. They also enjoy being petted and will even climb on your lap for a snuggle.

The Maine Coon Cat’s popularity began to decline after the nineteenth century, when Persian cats arrived in the United States. In the early 1950s, the Cat Fanciers Association declared the breed extinct, claiming that it was unable to adapt to the climate. However, breeders such as Mrs. Ethelyn Whittemore remained dedicated to the breed. Ruby Dyer and Alta Smith helped establish the Central Maine Cat Club, which aims to maintain the breed.