The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat with distinctive appearances and valuable hunting skills. The breed is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America that is specifically native to the state of Maine.
Physical characteristics which set it aside from other breeds include the large bone structure, rectangular body shape,and long flowing coat that comes in a variety of colors. The Maine coon breed is known for their high intelligence level and gentle personality. Certain health issues have been noticed within the breed, feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, spinal muscular dystrophy, and PK deficiency. Proper dna screening thru labs such as UCDavis in California and veterinarian performed sonography minimizes the frequency of occurrences of these diseases.