about the breed
How Maine Coons originated in the United States is a mystery. One theory is that the Maine Coon cat developed from a mating between a wild cat and a raccoon. This theory has been disproven as genetically impossible but the Maine Coon name remains. My favorite theory (and most plausible) is that Maine Coons originated from a mating between short haired domestic cats and longhair Norwegian Forest Cats that were introduced to America by Vikings.
Maine Coons are the largest domestic cat breed. Average Maine Coon Males typically weigh between 13-18 pounds, with large ones weighing in at 30 pounds! Females average 8 -12 pounds. Maine Coons are slow growers and may not reach their full size until they are 3 to 5 years old.
Maine Coons are hearty cats meant to survive the harsh New England winters. Maine Coons don’t typically “meow”, they chirp and trill (a mixture of a meow and a purr). Cats may chirp when they spot prey and a trill is often an expression of happiness.
Most Maine Coons enjoy the water. They have water resistant fur and can be good swimmers! Maine Coons resemble the Norwegian Forest cat but originally belonged to – VIKINGS.
Katerina and Brad have been married since 1997. They share the love for animals and children. Katerina is a registered nurse that has come to love the majestic Maine Coon cat since her teens years! Brad, born in Michigan, grew up on a Dairy farm which enabled him to understand the importance of agricultural maintenance. In their search for the most ideal Maine Coon, they found that the original characteristics of the Maine Coon Cat have been preserved in America and some parts of Europe. This journey brought them to open their own cattery - offering Maine Coons from Conifer, Colorado with the highest standards, and bringing these magnificent felines into your home! From the second they are born, they are introduced to family pets and children, while also settling in a clean and healthy environment. Both Katerina and Brad take pride in grooming, showing, socializing and maintaining healthy cats! It is fulfilling their mission of having their very own breeding line in which they have been selected for the highest health standard.
Born in Czech Republic, I had the opportunity to see other parts of the world that many don't get to see. In 1984, we escaped our communist country though Austria on foot and became refugees. We eventually immigrated to Canada, a foreign and unknown land.. I was forced to learn English as a second language and seek a higher degree in nursing from McMaster University. My first main coon entered my life by a fluke. A very generous lady offered me a red/white poly kitten. He, Snoopy, was the most amazing cat! Not only was he huge but he was very dog like and super affectionate. He walked me to school and would wait for me on the corner till I was done and walked back home with me. His life was cut short after three years due to an accident. After came another orange part Maine coon who lived for 20 years. In 1995, I moved to the USA. My love for Maine Coons was endless and I knew one day I would become a breeder so that other people, young, old or with disabilities would be able to enjoy this fantastic animal. Now in Colorado, that opportunity has become a reality. I am able to devote my time to continue to breed old American and European lines and focus on low inbreeding ratios, pedigrees and show quality lines.