The breed was formed naturally under the influence of the harsh climatic conditions of the state of Maine, although there are alternative versions (legends of various kinds) about the origin of Maine Coons. Maine coons were first mentioned in literature in 1861. An article about a cat named Captain Jenks dates back to this time. from the ship * Sea Horse *
It was shown at shows in Boston and New York in 1861 and marked the beginning of the breed's early popularity, but at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries Maine Coons were ahead of the more furry Persians. Maine Coon as a breed managed to survive only that the farmers paid tribute to it. size and hunting qualities.
The modern breed standard was adopted in 1967, and in the 1990s the Maine Coon became really popular, but it was first registered as a Maine Coon breed in 1908 at the felinological federation CFA, where the cat named Molly Bond became the fifth registered in this federation to animals.
Since 2002, the WCF General Assembly at the meeting in Milan decided that, based on the genotype of this breed, interbreeding of Maine Coons with cats of the following breeds is acceptable - Norwegian Forest, Turkish Angora, Siberian. The decision on the necessity and relevance of such