Largest Domestic Cat Breed

What’s The Largest Domestic Cat Breed? Might Be The Maine Coon

Cat owners or people who are looking to buy a cat have different requirements depending on their life styles and preferences. For those people who live in a small apartment, smaller cats might be the best option. For people who have young children, their ideal cat might have a cheery disposition. People who work all day most likely will want an outdoor cat instead of an indoor pet. For those pet owners who are looking for the largest domestic cat breed, the Maine Coon is the way to go!

Largest Domestic Cat Breed

Largest Domestic Cat Breed
Largest Domestic Cat Breed

Mysterious Origins

There are many myths surrounding the origins of the largest domestic cat breed, the Maine Coon. One known fact is that the cat is a native of the state of Maine. One widespread tale, which has been disproved, is that the Maine Coon is the by-product of a semi wild, domestic cat and a raccoon. This myth, which has long been fueled by the cat’s bushy tale and raccoon-like coloring, is the reason for the name “Maine Coon.”

Another theory commonly associated with the emergence of the largest domestic cat breed is that the Maine Coon came from the six cats sent to Wiscasset, Maine by Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. While this theory has never been completely disregarded, the most commonly accepted belief today is that the Maine Coon breed is the offspring of shorthaired domestic cats and overseas longhairs. These longhairs may have been brought to the United States by the Vikings or New England Seamen.

An Appearance To Remember

The Maine Coon is known for being the largest domestic cat breed. Indeed, a widespread legend is that the Maine Coon is over 30 pounds! This is untrue (unless the cat is morbidly obese), but this large domestic cat is very tall and muscular with big bones. The male cat typically weight between 13 to 18 pounds, while the female weighs 9 to 12 pounds. With the addition of the cat’s thick coat of fur, it is no wonder that it is known for being the largest domestic cat breed!

All of its physical characteristics leave the Maine Coon well-equipped for outdoor survival; its thick, water resistant coat is perfect for the harsh Maine climate. Their eyes and ears are specially designed to provide ample sight and hearing ability. Their feet are large, round, and tufted to help them walk through the snow.

The Mew Of A Kitten From The Mouth of A Lion

Despite their large (and perhaps intimidating) appearance, the Maine Coon is a very gentle cat with a sweet disposition. Although they are the largest domestic cat breed, they make great pets for anyone looking for a furry feline friend!

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belfast maine 7 years ago

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Sarah 7 years ago

I'd read that the largest domestic cat breed was the Ragdoll, which, even as a female, can easily average 20 pounds. Is that mistaken?


Morris Crisologo 7 years ago

Most of the sites I've visited says the maine coon is the largest. It's even at Guinness World Records, but for the "longest cat" record though. It measures 48 inches and weighs 35 pounds. That was in 2006, I'm not sure if the record still holds today.


Morris Crisologo 7 years ago

Most of the sites I've visited says the maine coon is the largest. It's even at Guinness World Records, but for the "longest cat" record though. It measures 48 inches and weighs 35 pounds. That was in 2006, I'm not sure if the record still holds today.


Morris Crisologo 7 years ago

Most of the sites I've visited says the maine coon is the largest. It's even at Guinness World Records, but for the "longest cat" record though. It measures 48 inches and weighs 35 pounds. That was in 2006, I'm not sure if the record still holds today.


shannon 6 years ago

The cat pictured here is not a Maine Coon, it is a Scottish Fold.


Jan 5 years ago

Our Weegie is 18 pounds, she's a beautiful tuxedo marked, definitely not chubby girl. Her sister was a normal sized tabby. So I disagree with the average weight of the breed here. Our males reached 25 pounds. The new world record as of yesterday is a 48 1/2 inch, he weighs about 35 pounds. None of our cats got overweight, they were just BIG. and beautiful, kitties.


RoysSSEi 5 years ago

Have you heard of NORA the piano cat?I have her twin SMOKEY...Pics on my profile..He is a 30# Gray bullseye tabby...He is 7 now..I got him at 8 weeks...Hurts my back to lift him...It;s like lifting a #10and#20 bags of patatoes together...Imagine that one...Weighed 11# at 6 months-#18 at 18 mo.22.5"around the chest 12.5" neck He won't let me stretch him out to see how long he is...The pic of me and him in my profile tells how long he is Guess 45 to 50"Best of all''HE WON"T LEAVE MY SIDE....He really NO JOKE Starred down a 5 point Buck Deer at 2 years old..That was his first smell of another animal..He is a strictly indoor cat..He got loose once outside and sent me to the ER trying to get him back inside..Shredded my shirt and blood every where..The ER laghed until I should them a Picture of him And I together...Holding him he stretches to my Knees....They put me on antibiotics and tetnus....Most people would say get rid of him,but would you get rid of your KID...No..Because I Love him more than any human alive....

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