The Maine Coon is one of the most popular giant cat breeds. But is probably one of the most sought-after of any cat breed. Regardless of size, they also stand out like a cat with a strong personality which creates a strong bond with their owners.
The Maine Coon is a breed endemic to the United States of America, specifically the state of Maine. It is estimated that around 1850, long-haired cats came from Europe and Asia which then made it with local short-haired cats.
The result was large cats with thick fur and a strong build. Its ringtail resembles that of the raccoon. The shortened term couldn’t be added to its place of origin to provide their breed name. The Maine Coon was popular in rural environments and became widespread on farms in the northeast of America.
They were imported to the UK in 1980. And in 1993 were recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.
It is a giant-sized cat with a square head, large ears, and a long tail. Its body structure is robust thanks to solid bones and strong musculature. Their pointed ears with tufts of hair are also very noticeable in the breed and give them a similar appearance to their wild cousins the Lynx.
Photographer Robert Sijka captures Maine coon cats as majestic, otherworldly creatures?
Based in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, the photographer and the cat lover Robert Sijka, always saw Maine Coon cats as majestic, almost mythical, not overly cute cats: “My passions are cats and photography, I do my best to combine these two things as good as possible,”.
Sijka creates incredible photo collections of Maine Coon Cats as well as other breeds.
Take a look at his mind-blowing portraits of these almost mythical creatures!