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HISTORY OF A MAINE COON 


The Maine Coon is North America’s oldest native breed of cat, but cats are not native to America. There are many legends as to how they first originated ranging from the absurd to the theoretically possible.

The absurd is that the MAINE COON arose from the cross mating of a cat and a raccoon. This would account for the large, ringed tail but is genetically impossible.

There is also the possibility of matings between domestic cats and native wildcats. This could certainly happen and looking at the feral features of the Maine Coon, especially the lynx tipped ears and the “go ahead, make my day” look on their face is a valid theory.

Viking LongboatThere is evidence that the Vikings discovered North America long before Columbus and had established settlements in the New England area. They would very likely have brought their “Skoggkats” with them to keep down vermin both on board ship and in the new homesteads. The Maine Coon is very similar to the Norwegian Forest Cat; they are both semi-longhaired, with a heavy, waterproof coat. The Maine Coon is slightly larger and has a broader, less pointed face. These early Maine Coons would have run free in the dense forests of New England and Maine and remained long after the Vikings gave up living there. They did not give up their friendship with man however and it was later reported by early settlers in their journals that the local indians had packs of hunting cats. These cats soon moved onto the farms, hunting vermin in the barns which provided a comfortable and safe environment for them to raise their kittens.

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Marie AntoinetteThe “French Connection” is another popular legend. It is well known that Marie Antoinette was a great cat lover and had been given some longhaired cats (either Persians, Norwegians or Angoras) as pets. When she was planning to escape from the horrors of the French Revolution she arranged for her belongings, including her cats, to be sent to Wiscasset, Maine on board ‘The Sally’, captained by Samuel Clough. Unfortunately Marie Antoinette did not manage to escape but her cats did make the journey and, as the story goes, bred with the local cats and passed on their genetic traits.

Sailing BarqueNew England was primarily a maritime area and there would have been a large amount of sea-going traffic. Nearly every ship carried cats to keep down the rat population and it is more than possible that they would take “shore leave”, meeting cats brought directly over from Europe with the settlers, making a very broad gene pool from which the modern Maine Coon would evolve. There is the story of a “Captain Coon” of Biddeford Pool, Maine, an Englishman/American/Chinaman (take your pick!), who sailed up and down the coast with his longhaired ship’s cats, but this is another legend to add to the list.

We must also not forget Mother Nature, who by her law of “the survival of the fittest” most probably had the largest part in fashioning the Maine Coon. It would have to be a certain type of cat to survive the harsh conditions of a North American winter and every generation would improve on the last. By the early 1800s the Maine Coon was well established on the local farms. It had become a large, robust cat well equipped to deal with the harsh winters. Its shaggy, waterproof coat kept it dry while the undercoat kept it warm. The coat was also very easy to keep tangle-free. It was perfectly adapted to hunting in a harsh climate. As well as the coat, it had large ears furnished with lynx tips and ear tufts to listen for prey. It had large, round eyes and a proper muzzle (as opposed to a short snout) for seizing and biting. The body was long and muscular and balanced by a thick, bushy tail, nearly as long as the cat to give perfect control when jumping or climbing. Long legs were useful to keep up out of the snow and large paws equipped with snowshoes could walk over drifts with no problem. The large body size helped to conserve heat and the long tail served as a warm wrap to curl up in and keep snug.

The cat was greatly prized by the farmers, some of whom, knowing a good thing, started to breed and then exhibit them at state fairs and livestock shows long before cat shows as we know them became popular. They were not officially called theMAINE COON, but were known as “shags”, “snugheads”, “Maine cats” or “coons”.

One of the first cats to be known by name is Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines, a black and white “Maine cat” owned by Mrs F. Pierce around 1861 and mentioned in Frances Simpson’s The Book of the Cat (published 1903).

Postcard of a Maine Coon by C.E. Bullard, 1899Gradually the cat became better known and more popular and in the large urban cat shows of the 1870’s the Maine Coon is mentioned as a breed. Later the National Cat Show , held for six days from January 21st 1878 at Boston’s Music Hall had twelve Maine Coon cats listed in the program. In May 1895 the famous show held at Madison Square Garden was won by a brown tabby female Maine Coon called Cosie. The prestigious Boston show circuit was dominated by Mrs. Pierce’s brown tabby Maine Coon, King Max who won in 1897, ’98 and ’99 and was beaten by his son in 1900.

This period was the peak of the Maine Coons’ popularity because soon there was a flood of imported breeds from England and Europe and these new, exotic breeds quickly took over. The last recorded victory for a Maine Coon was at the cat show in Portland, Oregon in 1911 where a blue Maine Coon took first place in his class and best of show. After that the breed virtually disappeared and was shown occasionally in Any Other Variety or Miscellaneous categories.

For the next forty years the breed was kept alive by enthusiastic Maine families who continued to take pride in their cats and kept track of their lineage. One of the most important of these was Mrs. Ethelyn Whittemore of Augusta, Maine. She kept handwritten records of parents and progeny and was typical of those dedicated amateur breeders whose determined effort kept the breed alive over the years when little attention was paid to it elsewhere.

In 1953 Alta Smith and Ruby Dyer of Skowhegan, Maine started the Central Maine Cat Club (CMCC) which was intended to provide publicity and shows in which the Maine Coon was the star and not just a regional oddity. The first CMCC show was held on June 21st 1953 in a barn-theatre outside Skowhegan. It combined a photographic exhibition and cat show and attracted forty feline entries, twenty photographic entries and over two hundred spectators. The Club held shows using the same format over the next ten years. Show results and photographs were published in newspapers all over the U.S. keeping the Maine Coon in the public eye. The CMCC show grew bigger every year and the fifth show had over one hundred cats entered. The eleventh and final show was held in the Augusta Armoury. By 1963 the organisation had become too large to continue as an amateur concern and the choice was to become a large organised body or stop. Miss Smith (now Mrs. Barry) opted for stopping and the CMCC ceased to be.

By now the MAINE COON cat was on its way back. Dr. Rachel Salisbury, a breeder, judge and summer resident of Maine had already drawn up a standard by which MAINE COON could be judged for the CMCC’s fourth show in 1956. She officiated at shows and trained local judges. People outside the area began to realise the Maine Coon still existed as a breed and started to breed and show them in other parts of the country as well as keep them for pets. They were still shown under the Any Other Variety classifications but were beginning to be shown again in appreciable numbers.

In August 1968 six MAINE COON  breeders and owners met in Salisbury, Connecticut and formed the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association (MCBFA) the strongest force in the last stage of the Maine Coons’ comeback. They aimed to bring together everyone interested in the future of the Maine Coon and work for it’s re-recognition as a breed by the official show circuit. They placed as many cats as possible in shows, produced information packs to be handed out on request and published a quarterly newsletter called The Scratchsheet. They also came up with a unified standard acceptable to all MAINE COON breeders and registering bodies to qualify the Maine Coon for championship status once again. Five years later the Maine Coon had been accepted by all but one of the registering associations in North America. Over two thousand information packs had been sent out. Articles began appearing in newspapers and magazines in North America followed by England, France, Germany and Scandinavia. There were MCBFA members in thirty-four states, four provinces and six foreign countries and the Maine Coon was being mentioned in books on breeds.

In 1976 America’s native cat was at last granted championship status by the CFA (the last to hold out) and the Maine Coon could at last be shown with its peers in all cat shows. The Maine Coon was back! This was officially confirmed when, on 28th March 1985, an Act “designating the Maine Coon Cat as the State Cat” was read twice and passed to be enacted in the House of Representatives. On March 29th the Act was read twice and passed to be enacted in the Senate and was officially approved by the Governor on 10th April.

Since then the MAINE COON  has gone from strength to strength. It has become popular all over the world from Europe to Japan and from Australia and New Zealand not let it consigned to oblivion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LITTER   " S "     born 28/01/2017
 
  
        Coonspalace James Bond   +      Respectcoon Cherry Lady
 
 
1. Sky     Male      Blue Solid                           SOLD
 
 
2. Sylvester     Male      Cream Solid                       SOLD
 
  
 
3. SUZY     Female     Blue Solid with White          SOLD 
 
  
 
 
 
 LITTER   " R "     born 28/12/2016
 
 
 
        DGC Pillowtalks Dressman    +     Pillowtalks Tiger Lilly
 
 
 1. Rock'n'Roll       Male     Solid Black        SOLD
 
  
 
 2. Rumba       Female      Solid Black          SOLD
 
  
 
 
 
LITTER   " Q "     born 07/12/2016 
 
 
        CH Respectcoon Byblos    +    Respectcoon Letitbe
 
 
 1. Quinn Harley     FEMALE         Black Smoke Tortie       Stays in Cattery
 
 
 
 2. Quentin      MALE        Black Smoke        SOLD
 
 
 3. Quest          MALE       Black Silver Tabby with White    SOLD
 
 
 
 4. Quincy         FEMALE             Black Smoke          SOLD
 
  
 

 

 

LITTER   "P"            born 27/11/2016

 
 
                DGC Pillowtalk's Dressman     +      Respectcoon Jolie Doll

 

 
1.  Princess          FEMALE                 Black Tortie               Stays in Cattery
 
 
 
2 .  Pumpkin             MALE     RED Tabby           SOLD
 
 
 
3.  Peanut             FEMALE              Black Smoke Tortie        SOLD
 
  
 
 
4 . Penny                    MALE               RED Tabby       SOLD
 
 
 
5. Penelope Cruz          FEMALE             Black Smoke Tortie      SOLD
 
  
 
 
6.   Pineapple          FEMALE              Black tortie             SOLD
 
  
 
 
7.  Piccolina         FEMALE          Black tortie                SOLD
 
  
 

 

 

 LITTER  "O"       born 10/08/2016
 
 
 
 
Ch. Coonshouse Malibu   +   Ch. Respectcoon Byblos 
 
 
 OLYMPIC RIO              Brown tabby             Female    SOLD                                         
                      
 

 
 
 
Litter   "N"       born  22/06/2016
 
 
 
 
  Ch. Parent's Pride INDIGO    +    Ch. Respectcoon Byblos 
 
 
NORWAY               BLUE with white             FEMALE   SOLD 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

LITTER M 
10.06.2016
 
      Coonspalace Monro    +     Respectcoon Byblos 
 
 
 
 
Kitten  1             Red tabby with white                      MALE
 
 MOZART              Reserved
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kitten 2                    Red solid                                 MALE 
 
 MARS
 RESERVED
 
 
 
 
Kitten 3                   cream solid                      MALE 
 
 MUFFIN            reserved 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kitten 4              cream tabby with white                       MALE 
 
 MATISSE                    RESERVED
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 LITTER L 

 

27.04.2016 

          Coonspalace Calypso    +   Respectcoon Byblos 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton           Brown Tabby  with white                 female                         

 

   RESERVED

 

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Lebron James            Black silver  Tabby                          Male 

 

 

  

 RESERVED

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"Kaleidoscope" litter  K  23.11.2015

Respectcoon Cherry Lady + Respectcoon Byblos

 

  1 Cheesecake  

 

  AVAILABLE

cream  tabby with white

male 

 

         

 

 

   2 Blue Moon    

 

   STAYS  

in cattery

blue tabby with white

male

 

 

 

  3 Maximus

   Decimus 

 

 RESERVED   

 

                     

   brown tabby with white

   male

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  4 Khaleesi 

 

  RESERVED

  brown tabby with white

  female

   

 

  5 Kit Kat

 

  OPTION

can be available later 

 

 

                          

   black tabby with white

   female 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 6 King Kong

 RESERVED

    

    blue tabby  with white

    male

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Litter J  12.11.2015

Respectcoon Byblos & Pillowtalks TigerLilly

   1  Jack Daniels

 

 RESERVED

                       

brown classic tabby

male

 

 

 

 

 

   2  James Bond

 

STAYs in CATTERY

 

blue solid

male

 

 

 

 

Litter  I   26.10.2015

Respectcoon Byblos & Pillowtalks TinkaBelle

 

    1 Iron Man

 

    RESERVED

 


blue classic tabby

male                     


 

    

 

 

   2    Indiana Jones

 

     RESERVED

blue mackerel tabby

male 

 

 

 

 

 

 Litter H 

born 9.04.2015

 Double Grand Champion Pillowtalk"s Dressman  and Champion Parent Pride Indigo

           

     1

HUGO BOSS          

 

male-                      

blue  solid               

reserved 

Bangkok

 

      

     

 

 

LITTER G  - GREEK GODS AND GODDESSES

born 27.02.2015

Double Grand Champion Pillowtalk"s Dressman                 and              Pillowtalk's Tinka Belle 

                                    

      ARTEMIDA

 Goddess of the moon, hunting, and nursing.

 female

black smoke 

        reserved

 

 

   

 

       

  APPOLON

 ( God of the sun, music, healing, and herding.)

male 

balck solid with white    

      reserved

 

 

       

    Calypso 

( The sea nymph )

 female

blue solid 

      stay with Coonspalace                     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LITTER F               *Famous litter*

born 22.01.2015

 
 Double Grand Champion Pillowtalks Dressman   and Respectcoon Jolie Doll 
 
 
 

      1

MADONNA 

 female-         

 blue tortie  

     available      

 

 

 

       2  

LARA CROFT 

female -        

blue tortie 

       reserved

      Samui

 

 

  

       3  

Oliver Stones

   male -

red tabby 

      reserved 

      Abu Dhabi            

 
 

         4    

 CATHERINE

ZETA JONES

 female - black tortie    

 

 

  stays with COONSPALACE         

 

      5

Tom Cruise 

 male-

red tabby 

  reserved

KUALA LUMPUR 

 

 

     6

DiCaprio

   male -

red tabby   

    reserved Russia 


 

 

 

       7

KATTY PERRY         

 female -   

blue tortie   

             

 

    reserved

 

      8

Adam Sedgwick

 

 

 male -

red tabby    

 

         reserved

       Chiang  Mai 

 

 

 

 

                  




  

 

 

 

 

 

LITTER E 

         born 13.11.2014

    Respectcoon Cherry Lady     &    Respectcoon Byblos  

 


 

   Eucaliptus       

female            

   blue tabby with white

      sold

 

 

    

 

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 ELVIS 

male            

  cream tabby with white 

sold    

 

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LITTER D 

born 24.09.2014

 

Respectcoon Byblos and CoonsHouse Malibu 

 

 

  COONSPALACE D' MAGNUS        

female              

 

 

 

 

 brown tabby with white

      sold   

 

 

 

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LITTER C - CITIES   born 17.01.2014

 

Ch. CONAN of COONSPALACE &
Ch.Coonshouse Malibu of Coonspalace   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DUBAI      

male         

brown tabby          

     

reserved                               

     

 

     


                                    

   

 

 

 

 

 

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MIAMI 

female   

 brown tabby        

     reserved

     

 

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TOKYO

male  

brown tabby           

        RESERVED

    

 

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 PARIS    

female               

brown tabby

      RESERVED                                    

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LITTER B - *Black&White LITTER*

born 30.08.2013                                                  CH. CONAN of COONSPALACE
                                                                                           and
                                                                             TOP COON CATALINA of COONSPALACE 

 

 

 

 

 POLAR BEAR           male                         white solid odd eyes     RESERVED          photo 

OREO   

male                     black & white  bicolor          reserved        photo  

CASPER

male                          white solid  yellow eyes         reserved         photo  
 ALASKA                  female                       white solid   yellow eyes        RESERVED       photo

SUGAR 

male                          white solid   blue eyes           RESERVED  photo  

 

                  

 

 

 

LITTER 'A'  -     ART LITTER 
 
BORN  7.06.2013 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 MONA LIZA

female       brown tabby     sold    photo

VINCENT VAN GOGH    

male         brown tabby      sold   photo  

VENUS DE MILO

female      brown tabby      sold   photo