We con­tin­ue to intro­duce you to the record hold­ers in the ani­mal world — this time we will talk about the world’s largest domes­tic cat breed. Of course, most peo­ple grav­i­tate towards ani­mals of a nor­mal size, some time ago there was even a seri­ous round of pop­u­lar­i­ty of dwarf breeds of cats and dogs, but not every­one will be able to raise, feed and prop­er­ly raise a tru­ly large size pet. The largest cat in the world at the moment is the Amer­i­can Maine Coon breed.

The biggest cat in the world

It is worth not­ing that the char­ac­ter­is­tic “big” means exact­ly how large these ani­mals are, because if we com­pare only by the height of the with­ers, then the record hold­er will be a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent, no less amaz­ing and rad­i­cal­ly dif­fer­ent breed from the Maine Coons — Savan­nah.

The biggest cat

The largest cat in the world is a domes­tic breed native to the Unit­ed States, descend­ed from wild cats that lived on farms in the US state of Maine dur­ing the col­o­niza­tion of New Eng­land.

Maine Coon

Ini­tial­ly, only black tab­by cats were called Maine Coons — with their appear­ance, pow­er­ful physique and huge fluffy tail, they remind­ed the locals of rac­coons — hence the name “Maine Coon”, lit­er­al­ly trans­lat­ed as Manx Rac­coon (“Maine” — the name of the state Maine, “coon” is the sec­ond part of the word “racoon”, mean­ing “rac­coon”).

Maine CoonManx Raccoon

Although, if you look close­ly, they still resem­ble lynx­es and sim­i­lar wild cats with mas­sive paws and tas­sels on their ears.


The first rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the domes­ti­cat­ed breed is con­sid­ered to be a cat with the long name Cap­tain Jenks of the Sea Cav­al­ry, which in 1861 became a real dec­o­ra­tion of cat shows in Boston and New York and the key to the growth of the pop­u­lar­i­ty of the new breed.

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Maine CoonCat

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, lat­er the breed did not par­tic­u­lar­ly take root as a domes­tic cat and owes its sur­vival only to Maine farm­ers, who val­ued these cats for their com­plaisant nature, large size and excel­lent hunt­ing skills.


Today, the Maine Coon breed is con­sid­ered the pride and one of the sym­bols of the state, in hon­or of which in 1993 a 1 crown (25 pence) coin was even issued with the image of an eas­i­ly rec­og­niz­able breed.

CoinMaine Coon

These friend­ly domes­tic cats are dis­tin­guished by their unusu­al­ly large size and weight. Adults on aver­age reach at least 1 meter in length, the record is 1.23 meters. The weight of Maine Coons ranges between 6 and 9 kilo­grams (although 12 kg indi­vid­u­als are com­mon), the weight record is 15 kg.

DimensionsThe weightMuzzle

The length of the tail, as a rule, is equal to 4/5 of the total length of the cat, reach­ing to her shoul­der, that is, the 1.23-meter record hold­er had at least a meter tail.


Despite the fact that this is a long-haired breed, its coat does not require spe­cial care and reg­u­lar comb­ing, as, for exam­ple, in the case of the “Per­sians”, whose coat with­out prop­er atten­tion is crum­pled and braid­ed into tan­gles.


There are many rec­og­nized Maine Coon col­ors, the most inter­est­ing of which is “red mer­le” — unlike oth­er breeds, Maine Coons tend to have a much brighter red col­or with a clear mar­bled pat­tern.

fiery cat

Feed­ing an adult Maine Coon is not so easy — he eats sev­er­al times more food than nor­mal-sized pets, while pre­fer­ring fresh nat­ur­al food to all kinds of food.

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The biggest cat in the world

Oth­er­wise, these are the same domes­tic cats, like many oth­er breeds, just large)


But still, the most amaz­ing fea­ture of this giant breed is its friend­ly, peace­ful, affec­tion­ate nature. A cat will nev­er tear up fur­ni­ture if it has a scratch­ing post, will not throw any object off the shelf just because it pre­vents it from pass­ing, will not climb onto a clos­et or some­where else, because. does not par­tic­u­lar­ly favor cramped, nar­row spaces. Maine Coons are very fond of their own­ers and eas­i­ly adapt to any envi­ron­ment.

Maine Coon

You can read about oth­er inter­est­ing domes­tic breeds in the arti­cle The most beau­ti­ful cats in the world.