We've been a Maine Coon family since we discovered the breed 25 yrs ago. For those that don't know they're a big, furry breed of cat that are also very lovable! They've been nicknamed gentle giants.

I discovered them on accident. I bought a cat at a pet store in the late 80s and years later I noticed how much he resembled a cat in a book of cat breeds and it said Maine Coon under it. As I read more and more I saw how my cat had their traits. Since then I've had three more Maine Coon "mixes" and tragically I had to put one down last week. As I looked for a replacement I decided I'd try a pure bred this time. I'm excited to announce that I found one and I'll be picking him up this weekend.

Maine Coons are highly people-oriented cats, but they are not overly-dependent. They do not constantly pester you for attention, but prefer to "hang out" with you, investigating whatever activity you're involved in and "helping" when they can. They are not, as a general rule, known as "lap cats" but as with any personality trait there are a few Maine Coons that prefer laps. Most Maine Coons will stay close by, probably occupying the chair next to yours instead. Maines will follow you from room to room and wait outside a closed door for you to emerge. A Maine Coon will be your companion, your buddy or your pal but not in your face.

They have big bushy tails and tufts that emerge from their ears. I've never had much luck copy and pasting pictures onto RZ but maybe someone with more skills than me can do so. Otherwise I'd put a pic up here.

Any of you have a Maine Coon by any chance? Any other breeds that you like?