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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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Click here to see one of the earliest Maine Coon cat pictures ever taken
Young Brown tabby Maine Coon
When first discovering this majestic breed, and with no prior knowledge of purebred cats, I made the common mistake of rushing into the process of finding my new gentle giant. I remember thinking all I needed to know was, A. How I would go about finding a ‘real’ Maine Coon for sale? B. The next thing on my mind was girl/boy? Maine Coon cat/kitten? C…and finally what colour?
However, there’s much more to becoming a Maine Coon owner than simply finding a cat you like the look of. Here’s a few thoughts which may be helpful for anyone looking for a Maine Coon. First answer a few questions for yourself…
1. What attracts you to the breed ? size, personality, looks, reputation, etc
2. Will your Cooncat be just a pet (indoor/outdoor?) or do you want to show the cat, become a breeder – all of these factors will depend on how you approach people with Maine Coons for sale
3. Do you want a cat/kitten and do you want to adopt or buy a pedigree kitten or perhaps a retired show cat.
A pedigree Maine Coon has to meet certain set of criteria to be legitimately sold as a Maine Coon. There’s nothing wrong or inferior about Maine Coon look-alikes or a Maine Coon mix. You just don’t want to pay pedigree cat prices for a non-pedigree cat.
To add to the complex picture even all pedigree Maine Coons are not created equal. Breeders often refer to ‘pet quality’ kittens. This means it is unlikely they would have the physical features to make it as a show cat. Maine Coon kittens with the potential to become champions are worth more. Again a ‘pet quality’ Maine Coon can come with papers verifying pedigree but should cost less that a potential pedigree show cat.
As for our own Cooncats, we paid the same for both (around $700 equivalent), although as King Henry has matured it turns out he was probably sold as a show quality cat even though he is definitely considered ‘pet quality’. This is because of the shape of his muzzle (apparently!) but of course he’s always a champion in our house
We actually enhanced a photo of King Henry to create the black Maine Coon picture which appears as the ‘mascot’ for this website.
I guess we followed a rather hit and miss path to finally becoming ‘owned’ by our Maine Coons making mistakes along the way. So far we’re ‘owned’ by a classic tabby Maine Coon, King Henry and a silver tabby called Jester, both pictured below. (to this day I’ve still never seen a black Maine Coon ‘in the flesh’ but I know they are very popular and always in demand).
I guess the main point is don’t rush into anything as soon as you find a Maine Coon for sale you like. Take your time and do your homework. Like everything else in life once you start looking they suddenly begin to show up in your everyday life. A quick Google search and you’ll see plenty of advertisements for Maine Coon kittens for sale.
There’s also plenty of useful information on this website.
This website organises information for new, experienced and future Maine Coon owners in the following information categories:
1. Maine Coon Breed
2. Maine Coon Kittens
3. Maine Coon Care
4. Maine Coon Adoption
5. Buying a Maine Coon
For some of the more general information about the breed including Maine Coon size and weight there are useful articles in the Maine Coon breed section. There is also some useful general information about the Maine Coons on Wikipedia.
For more information on things to do before agreeing a Maine Coon sale click here > Maine Coon cats for sale
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