Maine Coon Curiosities
Maine Coons are natural from Maine, in United States of America. There are some legends from how they were originate. Some might say they were a matting from a domestic cat with a raccoon and that would be the reason of Coon in the breed name.
Although they have a wild expression, they extremely docile, granting them the adjective gentle giant. This is something to maintain inside a responsible breeding program: the typical sweet and docile nature.
Its size can reach 1.20mts long, from the tip of the muzzle to the tip of the tail, giving the breed the characteristic of being one of, if not the largest, breeds of domestic cats.
Their weight ranges from 4 to 7 kg for females and 7 to 12 kg for males. The development, size and weight, is complete at 4 years of age, when they are consider adults. Consider that most part of the development happens between its first and second year of life.
Among the most common problems of the race, we can mention HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) and femoral hip dysplasia. There are DNA tests that we do to minimize the chances of a kitten developing HCM, and our cats are tested for it, but these tests only reflect 1 of the genes that can cause HCM. For dysplasia there are x-rays that are made in cats to also minimize kittens from parents who already have this disease.
Other diseases that we can undertake and that our cats are tested and clear: SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), PKD (polycystic kidney disease) and PKdef (Pyruvate Kinase enzyme deficiency - hereditary hemolytic anemia due to lack of enzyme).
Within the breed standard only colorpoints and diluted colors (with the exception of cream and blue) are NOT accepted. All eye colors are accepted in any coat color, including heterochromia (odd eyes), and white cats with blue eyes must have attested by the veterinarian, indicating that they are not deaf, since any white cat, breed or non-breed, carries in its genetic more possibility of being deaf (there are white, blue-eyed cats that are not deaf).
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