Myths, legend and lore surround the Maine Coon Cat.  Some are amusing, some are fantastic fights of fantasy and some are merely plausible.  They certainly provide good material for conversation.  Books and articles dealing with these aspects of the Maine Coon have been well received as people never seem to tire of the subject and are always eager to know more about this wonderful breed.

The Maine Coon Cat is the native American longhaired cat and was recognized as a specific breed in Maine where they are held in high regard for their mousing talents.  Though nature's own breeding program, this breed has developed into a sturdy cat ideally suited to the harsh winters and varied seasons of the region.  The Maine Coon Cat is well know for its intelligent, playful, cuddly, and engaging personality, their striking features, substantial size, and are often referred to as "Gentle Giants".  Maine cats have been described as the "dog lover's cat" because of their companionable temperament.  Maine coon cats love people!  Maines are especially good with children and dogs and have always been a popular and sought after companion.

The Maine has always been admired for its beauty, and a Maine Coon Cat was chosen Best Cat at the first cat show ever held in the United States.  The transition from easygoing barn cat to CFA finalist was not an easy one, nor did it happen quickly.  Although they lost favor and were conspicuously absent from shows for quite a long time, we are now seeing large classes of these beauties in most cat shows and it is not unusual for a Maine Coon cat to be named "Best Cat."

Pricing on a Maine Coons usually depends on each individual kitten's bloodlines, color type, and markings.