A breed of American domestic long hair cat, the Maine Coon cat is native to the U.S. state of Maine, and is even its official state cat. It it the third largest domesticated cat breed, and can be recognized by its rectangular body shape and long flowing hair. Main Coons come in a variety of colors and bear a similar appearance to that of the shorter haired tabby cat. They are excellent hunters, extremely intelligent, and gentle.
Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hip dysplasia are commonly seen in this breed of cat.
The actual ancestral account of this breed is unknown, but there are two fascinating legends of their existence. The first one involves Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France. It is said that while attempting to escape her execution she loaded her prized possessions onto Captain Samuel Clough’s ship along with her Turkish Angora cats. Marie of course didn’t make it on the boat ride to America, but her cats did. Upon their arrival they mated with the local cats and formed a new breed.
The other one also involves a ship full of long haired cats, and a captain named Charles Coon. It is said that the Captain would visit New England often, and when he did his cats would hit the town looking for mates.
-Personally I like the Marie Antoinette story better, and as I cannot find any record of any real Captain named Charles Coon I’m going to have to rule it out.