Maine Coons are one of the largest breeds of domestic cats. Most males weigh anywhere between 15 and 25 lb (6.8 and 11 kg) and most females weighing between 10 and 15 lb (4.5 and 6.8 kg). The height of most 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 lengths of up to 14 in (36 cm) and is long, tapering, and heavily furred, almost resembling a raccoon's tail.The Maine Coon is a longhaired, or medium-haired, cat. The coat is soft and silky, although texture may vary with coat color. There winter coat can be up to 2 to 3 inches long! They are very fun to pet. Some cats having a lion-like ruff around their neck. Minimal grooming is required for the breed, compared to other long-haired breeds, as their coat is mostly self-maintaining due to a light-density undercoat. They tend to grow somewhat of a beard. Maine Coons can have any colors that other cats have. Colors indicating hybridization, such as chocolate, lavender, the Siamese pointed patterns or the "ticked" patterns, are unaccepted by breed standards. The most common color seen in the breed is brown tabby. All eye colors are accepted under breed standards, with the exception of the occurrence of blue-colored or odd-eyes (i.e., two eyes of different colors) in cats possessing coat colors other than white. They come from the state of Maine which is why they are called Maine coons. They are also sometimes called coon cats or Maine shag. The picture above is probaly a mixed breed containing Maine coon. It takes 5 years for a Maine coon to reach its full growth.
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