Friendly, Affectionate and goofy Maine Coons

Maine Coon Personality
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Maine Coon Personality Description
Friendly Extremely friendly, with everyone
Highly Sociable Loves company, good with strangers. Males are very outgoing. Females slightly more reserved
Gentle Giant Very gentle and docile temperament and nature
Dog Like Behaviour Cat shares many dog-like qualities e.g. they will follow you everywhere!
Playful Energetic cat breed, that loves to play
Highly Intelligent Well known for their high levels of intelligence
Affectionate Overly affectionate with owners
Loyal Massively loyal cat breed
Curious Very inquisitive and curious nature
Family Friendly Very tolerant of young children. Not distressed by loud busy family life
Laid Back Massively laid back and docile
Good With Other Pets Gets on well with other pets

Personality Traits Of A Maine Coon Cat

Maine Coons have clawed their way up from near extinction to the prized place of America’s second most popular breed (according to the CFA’s registration totals). Maine Coon fans say that the popularity is due to the breed’s large size, intelligence, luxuriant coat, hardy disposition, and devotion to their human family.

Maine Coons are kittens in big cat suits, gentle giants who are playful well into old age, as well as jumbo-sized packages of loving devotion. Maine Coons can also be reserved around people with whom they’re not familiar, probably due to their jumbo-sized brains. Given time, however, even the most cautious adapt. This initial adjustment period is actually a decision-making process; Maine Coons are deciding if these new humans have proven themselves worthy of trust. As soon as they make up their minds, however, they form close bonds with the entire household and become loving and devoted.

Most want to be near you but not on your lap. They are true family members and participate in all family routines, whether watching you channel surf from the comfort of the couch, or following you from room to room. As befits a former seafarer, Maine Coons are fascinated by water, perhaps because their thick coats are water-repellent and won’t become annoyingly soaked as easily as a thinner coat would. Some will join their humans in the shower briefly, or at least walk around on the wet floor after you get out. They prefer to stand on the edge of the tub, however, and touch the water with a curious paw.

Male Maine Coon Personality

The male of the species is far more outgoing and sociable than their female counterpart. They usually have huge personalities to match their huge physical frames, and are particularly loyal towards their main owner i.e. the one that feeds them!

Males are very curious and affectionate towards strangers entering your home. They are often considered more stubborn though, than females.

Female Maine Coon Personality

Known for being more ‘cat-like’, the female Maine Coon is considered very independent. Expect to find her resting away from the noise and commotion of a busy family home.

The female is usually physically smaller than the male Maine Coon, and tends to have a calmer personality. They are often considered easier to train and enjoy playing with their owners as much as the males do.

Female Maine Coons are also more reserved and will be initially wary of newcomers. Ultimately though, they will be affectionate and loving towards a stranger, but only on their own terms and timescales.

Frequently Asked Questions
How big do they get?
A full-grown female typically weighs between 9-12 pounds and males tend to be in the 13 to 18 pound range.
Do they need much grooming?
Maine Coons do not need much grooming and a weekly combing is all that is usually required to keep the coat in top condition.
I thought Maine Coons had extra toes?
Some “original” Maine Coons were polydactyls (had extra toes). However, modern purebred Maine Coons are rarely polydactyls. This is because all cat associations automatically disqualify polydactyls from competition in the purebred classes. Because of this, most polydactyls were culled from the Maine Coon breed decades ago, and only a few breeders continue to work with them. Since the polydactyl gene is dominant, you can’t get a polydactyl kitten unless at least one of the parents is also a polydactyl.
Is my cat half Maine Coon?
The Maine Coon is America’s native longhair cat; it evolved naturally in response to the New England climate. Your cat’s ancestors might be similar to the cats that founded the Maine Coon breed. However, it’s impossible to tell from just looking at your cat if it is related to the Maine Coon or to any other breed. Because the Maine Coon is a natural breed and hasn’t been bred to extremes, there are cats all over the world that resemble the Maine Coon. The only way to tell for sure if your cat is a Maine Coon is to look at the pedigree.

The good-natured and affable Maine Coon adapts well to many lifestyles and personalities. They like being with people and have the habit of following them around, but they aren’t needy. They’re happy to receive attention when you direct it their way, but if you’re busy, they’re satisfied to just supervise your doings. They’re not typically a lap cat, but they do like to be near you.

They also retain their skill as a mouser. No rodents will be safe in a home where a Maine Coon resides. Even if you don’t have any mice for them to chase, they’ll keep their skills sharp by chasing toys and grabbing them with their big paws. A Maine Coon also enjoys playing fetch and will retrieve small balls, toys, or wadded-up pieces of paper. They can climb as well as any cat but usually prefer to stay on ground level. That’s where their work is, after all. They’re also very smart and will happily learn tricks or play with puzzle toys that challenge their brain.

Maine Coons usually enjoy a kittenish love of play well into adulthood. Males, especially, are prone to silly behavior. Females are more dignified, but they aren’t above a good game of chase. They make any requests in a soft chirp.