Maine Coon breed information

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Own a Maine Coon, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Large
  • Life span: 12-15 years
  • Coat: Long and shaggy, will need to be brushed daily
  • Exercise: Needs lots of space to roam

Maine Coon personality

The Maine Coon is known for being one of the biggest breeds of cats, with a personality to match. These beautiful cats were the first longhaired breed to emerge naturally from the USA and are still the official state cat of Maine.

They are known for being good natured, love to be around people and will follow you around the house. Don't be fooled though, the Maine Coon isn't a needy cat and will be just as happy curled up supervising you!

The Maine Coon is a skilful mouser. Known for its intelligence, these cats can be easily trained and have a surprising fondness for water and learning tricks. 

Maine Coons can come in 75 different colour combinations and the males can weigh up to as much as 18 pounds. 

Maine Coon

Common health problems and illnesses

Kidney problems

Many cats can suffer from kidney problems and the Maine Coon is no exception. Signs to watch out for are sudden weight loss, vomiting and weakness.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

A form of heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be inherited in some Maine Coons. It causes a thickening in the wall of the heart which restricts blood flow which can then lead to heart failure


Check out our pet breed guide to learn more


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