The Interesting History of the Black Maine Coon Cat

History of the Black Maine Coon Cat

Ever wondered about the history of the Black Maine Coon Cat? If you dig deep, every cat breed has a story to tell…

History of the Black Maine Coon Cat

Maine Coon cats are one of the most loved breeds of domestic cats not only in the United States but worldwide.

They are well known for their intelligence, a distinctive physical appearance as well as their playfulness.

They originate from New England, and they are one of the oldest breeds known to exist in North America. The black Maine Coon cat is also known as the gentle giant.

black maine coon

The Myth

You might be wondering about how they got their name right?

The origin of this breed and their name has several myths. A popular myth had it that a long time ago, a domestic cat was released into the wilds of Maine and mated with a raccoon.

The result was an offspring that had characteristics of a Maine Coon!

It is obvious that biologically this is impossible. However, the history of the black Maine coon cat is filled with myth, it’s augmented by the bushy tail as well as the raccoon-like coloring of these black cats.

That myth aside, today, these cats have many more recognized colors. The colors range from silver tabby, red tabby, blue tabby, brown tabby, black tortoiseshell, blue tortoiseshell, red, cream, and many more other beautiful colors.


Physically, Maine coon cats are large and energetic, and they can weigh up to 25 pounds. However, the average weight of these cats is around 13-20 pounds for an adult male and about 7-11 pounds for females.

Our boy Coco 1
Our boy Coco 1

Length-wise, an adult Maine coon cat may grow to about 40 inches or one meter. One of the longest Maine Coon cats to ever exist on record was 49 inches (121 cm).

Besides, these cats grow to full size at age 4 or 5 in comparison to other cat breeds that often take longer than 5 years.

The Maine Coon cat is a great choice if you are considering living with a cat.

They are usually social, and they get on really well with other cats, dogs, and children. As such, they have a great personality making them the perfect cat breed for any family home.

black maine coon


With their above-average intelligent abilities, Maine coon cats are very easy to train.

They are well known for their abilities and for their thrilling meows. While meowing, they sound like a combination of purring and meowing, a sound they are known to make either when they are startled or happy.

Additionally, they are known to prefer not to eat alone. They prefer to eat in the company of other cats or humans, which makes them perfect companions.

Important to note that when bored, these cats tend to engage in mischievous behaviors, including pushing things with their paws to seek attention.

My Final Thoughts

Maine Coon Cats are gentle, intelligent, and interesting giants. They have excellent personalities, and they get really well with just about any other types of animals except the mice.

Still, they are contented when they are the only pets at a quiet home.

Since these types of cat breeds are one of the most popular in the world, it’ll be no surprise if you choose to live with one of these beautiful Maine Coon cats someday.

For me, of all the many different cat breeds that we know and love, the Maine Coon stands out from the crowd.

Such striking looks and in some cases they are absolutely huge!

The Maine Coon is an extremely valuable member of the domestic cat family (they all are) and having the Maine Coon as a member of the black cat family too is a privilege.

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Lee Harris

I'm a Brit living in the sunny Canary Islands with my beautiful wife and my wonderful black cat called Coco. I love to blog, build businesses, look after my body, and enjoy nature...
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