Where Do Maine Coon Cats Come From?

Maine coons are beautiful cats and the largest cat breed to be fully domesticated until the appearance of the Savannah in the mid-’80s. They are distinct features and obvious to spot, especially if you have owned one. But where do Maine coons come from? As they are so old, there is no official record of the first Maine coon to appear, nor is there an official record of where it was. However, the breed is native to the North American state of Maine, which is often thought of as the originating state.

As previously stated, there is no official “first” Maine coon on record, so there needs to be some speculation about where they came from as a breed. The closest and most credible idea is that they are closely related to the Siberian and Norwegian Forrest cats. However, in the early 20th century, the breed was threatened by other long-haired breeds taken to America from overseas. Therefore, it is still quite difficult to understand exactly where they have come from.

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