Meet Jennifer’s gorgeous Maine Coon Sir Shelby Mustang, a stunning example of the breed.
The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated breeds as far as cats go.
Their physical appearance is very distinctive, and along with their valuable hunting skills, they are also highly intelligent. They also happen to be one of the largest breeds of domesticated cats in the world.
In fact, the title for the longest cat in the 2010 Guinness World Records was held by a Maine Coon. His name is Stewie, he measures a whopping 48.5 in (123 cm) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.
Male Maine Coon cats can weigh as much as 35 lb (15.9 kg). The origins, however, are more than just a bit of a mystery. Although genetically impossible, one legend states that they are the result of breeding between cats and raccoons. Another states that Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, tried to flee execution with her favorite Turkish Angora cats.
While she didn’t make it to the US, the cats supposedly landed on the shores of Wiscasset, Maine, where they began to breed. This might also explain why this breed is called Maine.