Why are Maine Coons so big?

Maine Coons are big because breeders have selectively bred from large cats for many years. That means selecting large cats and mating them over and over again. The original cats were large too. These cats were probably long haired cats from England that came over with the settlers in the 1600s.

The answer as to why Maine Coons are so big, the biggest domestic cat registered by the Cat Fanciers' Association, is because the starting cats were large and through careful cat breeding they have been made larger.

Large cats have a greater likelihood of suffering from cat health issues such as hip dysplasia.

Miniature cats are bred small in the same way but by selecting small cats.

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