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The Black Maine Coon Cat
The black Maine Coon cat has an unknown history, but many records agree that its origins are most likely from longhaired cats brought in from the Scandinavian areas and northern Europe. The cats come in a variety of colors these days. One of the most beautiful and mysterious is the Black Maine Coon. This breed itself was the first to be registered in the U.S. The Maine Coon cat adapted to the harsh climate of New England. Common features include a long, rectangular body; long-haired to protect it from winters; and short-haired bellies to protect it from hiding in long grass and bushes.
One of the common stories surrounding the Maine Coon cat is that it was brought over on Captain Coon’s ship. After docking, the feral cats ran loose and mingled with the native cats. With hoards of cats rooming the streets, villagers avoided the animals and referred to them as “Maine’s Coons”.
Of course, there are superstitions around regular black cats, too. How many times have you let a black cat cross your path? It’s a long-time myth that a black cat will cause trouble, chaos, or death if it crosses in front of your walkway or driveway. Black cats were highly favored in Europe, where they were protected by law. Cats were mourned by entire families. The previously-held reference stopped with the huge fear of overpopulation. In the Middle Ages, the count of black cats rose significantly and caused town overcrowding.
Black Maine Coon cats can also give an impartial appearance, as their squared-muzzle gives it a standoff appearance. Maine Coons have tufted ears (both inside and at the tips), which is similar characteristics of other animals, like the bobcat and lynx.
Their personable and playful demeanor is directly opposite of this aggressive impression. Their teeth are long and slightly protruding. When the Maine Coon hisses, you can still see its huge teeth. Those features were thought to be developed in adaptation of hunting and living in the harsh Maine coastline and rural terrains.
When highly favored, the black cat was seen as a good luck symbol and often taken aboard ships to keep the crew entertained. They were in such demand that sailors weren’t able to afford them for their trips. Long-haul captains probably had enough money to purchase black cats, including the famed black Maine Coon cat.
Just like the terrible myths of death and mayhem of their common ancestors, the Maine Coon cat is completely opposite. They are playful, loving to help their owners. The black Maine Coon is…er, completely black, except for its eyes. This stunning breed is a perfect pet and probably will cross your path umpteen times a day, as it tries to “help” you around the house. Loving and strong, any Maine Coon cat with its large size and long hair is a beautiful sight and of course make a great pet and companion.
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