The Maine coon has a life span of nine to 15 years, not reaching full size until 3 to 5 years of age. A large breed, most cats weigh from 9 to 18 pounds and males weighing more than 20 pounds are not uncommon.
The native New England cat was a popular farm, mouser and ship cat as far back as the early 19th century. The Maine coon is known for its long, bushy tail, large paws and heavy, shaggy coat. Unlike most breeds, the Maine is particularly fascinated by water. Its love for people and playful demeanor have made the coon a top pick among feline lovers.