The Maine coon is an American long-haired cat breed known for its size, hunting abilities and above-average intelligence. The Maine coon was first recognized as a specific cat breed in the state of Maine and is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America.
Maine coons possess a gentle disposition and get along easily with other cats and dogs as well as small children. It is an independent breed of cat that is loyal and enjoys the company of the people in its family. This breed is also known for being quite vocal, and often yowls, chirps and chatters at its owners.