What Is a Main Coon Mix?


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A Maine Coon mix is a cat that has some Maine Coon ancestry but is not purebred. Though a common breed, not all long-haired domestic cats are Maine Coon mixes, as long hair is not unique to the Maine Coon breed.

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The Maine Coon is the official state cat of Maine. It is one of the oldest American cat breeds and is called a natural breed because its characteristics arose through adaptation to the natural Northeast environment. Believed to be descended from local short-haired cats and long-haired cats brought over by Vikings or English seafarers, Maine Coons have dense, shaggy, water-resistant fur for protection from harsh winters. They also have large paws, with tufts of fur growing between the toes, and tufted ears. They are the largest domestic cat breed, weighing between 10 and 25 pounds. They are usually good-natured and intelligent.

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