The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated cat breed and one of the most popular breeds in the United States. With their large physical size and sociable personality, maine coons are known as the "gentle giants." Their physical characteristics usually include a prominent ruff along their chest (resembling a lion’s mane), with an uneven, two-layer coat, a robust bone structure, rectangular body shape, longer ears with "lynx" tufts, and a long, bushy tail. Like the adult cats, you'll find maine coon kittens are also larger in size taking four years to reach full maturity.
Maine Coons are known for their above-average intelligence and are often noted as having "dog-like" qualities, making them easier to train and showing great loyalty to their family. Their gentle disposition makes them comfortable and relaxed around dogs, other cats, and children. But even with Maine Coons’ affectionate nature, they are still independent and not clingy. They tend to be playful throughout their lives and are known for being very vocal cats with frequent trilling, chirping, or yowling as they say "hello" and communicate lovingly with their pet parents. Even very young maine coon kittens are highly intelligent, learning how to use the litter box within a few weeks old and understanding how to make great friends in just a few seconds.