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American Maine Coon vs European Maine Coon: What Sets Them Apart?

Maine Coon cats are a popular breed of domesticated felines known for their large size, fluffy fur, and playful personalities. While they originated in North America, Maine Coons have become a beloved breed worldwide, with differences emerging between American and European varieties over time. In this blog, we will explore the distinctions between these two breeds and highlight what makes each unique.

Firstly, it's important to understand the origins of the Maine Coon. This breed is believed to have originated in Maine, USA, where they were often used as barn cats to control rodent populations. Due to their robust build and thick fur, they were well-equipped to handle the harsh New England winters. While the precise ancestry of the Maine Coon is uncertain, many believe they are descendants of Norwegian Forest Cats, which were brought over by sailors and mated with local cats.

Although all Maine Coons are recognized for their amicable demeanor and large, furry appearance, there are some differences between American and European varieties. For instance, European breeders often opt for a wilder appearance. In this guide, we will delve into the distinctions between these two types of Maine Coons and provide insight into their general features, including their size, physical traits, and personality,

The sole distinction between American and European Maine Coons lies in their facial characteristics. European Coons possess more prominent, angular muzzles that have a square shape, whereas their American counterparts typically have a softer, rounded facial appearance.

European Maine Coon

Compared to American Maine Coons, European Maine Coons display distinct physical features, such as larger ears with noticeable tufts resembling those of a lynx, longer and fuller tails, and more prominent cheekbones. As a result, European Maine Coons tend to have a more regal appearance, while American Maine Coons have milder, softer features that are reminiscent of typical domestic cats. Additionally, American Maine Coons have oblique-shaped eyes, while European counterparts typically have almond-shaped eyes. However, aside from facial characteristics, most other attributes remain consistent across both breeds.

American Maine Coon

European Maine Coons are typically bred to appear more natural or wilder in comparison to their American counterparts. This may entail the incorporation of traits such as lion-like, chiseled muzzles, larger ears, and prominent lynx tipped ears. Breeders aligned with the CFA usually aim to produce "refined" Maine Coons, while those affiliated with TICA breed cats with a wilder appearance.

The following are notable characteristics shared by both European and American Maine Coons:

  1. They are both large

  2. They both have long and shaggy coat

  3. They both have a long, bushy tail

  4. They both have large, oval eyes

European Maine Coons can be differentiated from their American counterparts by the following features:

  • They possess more prominent and angular muzzles and chins.

  • They exhibit distinct lynx-like ears, which are taller with larger ear tufts.

  • They typically have more pronounced cheekbones.

  • They are selectively bred to have a wilder or feral appearance, in contrast to the softer and more refined appearance of American Maine Coons.

Despite these physical differences, both American and European Maine Coons share many personality traits. They are known for being affectionate, playful, and social animals that enjoy being around people and other pets. They are intelligent cats that are easy to train and can learn a variety of tricks and behaviors.

Our cattery specializes in breeding European Maine Coons because we appreciate their distinct, wild appearance. For additional pictures of our lineage, please visit our website.

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