Dirigo Maine Coon Cats
Dirigo Maine Coon Cats
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Maine Coon Cats are big, fluffy, affectionate pets. They are wonderful companions, sweet-natured
and intelligent. They follow you, and stay sweet after they grow up. They love you back.
There is immense personal satisfaction that we get from this hobby in meeting new friends
and in giving and sharing with them the joy, happiness, warmth and affection of a Maine Coon Cat
A kitten has a special place in this often fast paced life of ours.
Cats are a way of uniting people who would not otherwise meet. Inquiries are welcome.
Maine Coons come in about every color.
- warm brown tabby
- silver and shaded silver
- red, and blue tabby
- black smokes and cameos
Females can be:
- Black kittens and
- bi-colors, too.
Pedigreed Champion Maine Coons
Dirigo can assist in review of pedigrees and guidance for new breeders. The Dirigo bloodline is behind many grand champions. The Dirigo bloodline is recognized world-wide as a strong and healthy bloodline, and is outcross to all other MC lines. As a breeder for 43 years, Dirigo has bred a long list of CFA, TICA, ACFA, CFF and FIFe
pedigreed champions developed from Maine-origin cats
. . . to show standards . . . . . . (www.cfainc.org/breeds/standards/maine.html)
- best kitten in show, CFA -- Austria, 1995
- best kitten in show, FIFE -- Netherlands, 1994
DIRIGO Maine Coons are of Maine-origin. Dirigo has developed the
traditional Maine Coon Cat with the " Mainelook " ......... a moreshaggy, ................ sweet-faced appearance. Publications:
Dirigo Articles, Publications, Folklore: The Maine Coon
This site contains 40 web pages about the Maine Coon Cat, its history, legends, folklore, and includes publications by
distinguished author of Dirigo Maine Coon Cats.
Maine Coon Cat Articles
Two hundred years ago, Maine Coon cats were simply called "Maine cats." Where ... [more]
These early cats were known as "Maine cats" with the name "Coon" added prior to 1865 (in publications
by a celebrated Maine author ... [more]
The Maine cat developed naturally, out-doors, in the wild, in Maine. Maine is where it developed naturally in local isolation where its gene "pool" was free from external dilution. They developed naturally long before they appeared anywhere outside of Maine ... [more]
The Maine Coon Cat of today flourished and slowly developed the distinctive characteristics uniqueto the breed. The breed could not have developed in Boston, for example, because there would have been too many other cats to dilute the gene pool ... [more]. However, the Bostonian influence can be seen in the polydactyl Maine Coons that still naturally occur ... [more]
Mysteries of the origin of the Maine Coon Cat, folklore and tales, and stories of interest, facts and circumstances surrounding the place and birth of Maine's wonderful native coon cat ...
Maine Coon Publications
In Search of a Maine Coon Cat - Cat World International, June, 1990
How to Find a Maine Coon - Maine Coon International, Issue 3 1986
- Test Breeding - A Beginning Discussion - Maine Coon International
Maine's Coon Cat - The Times Record, Brunswick Maine, May 4, 1990
How to Register a Foundation Maine Coon - Maine Coon International, Issue 3
Inspiration of the Cats of Castine - Native Maine Coon Cat Assoc. Newsletter
- White Maine Coons, Native Maine Coon Cat Association Newsletter © Issue #3
- Is My Cat a Maine Coon?, Native Maine Coon Cat Association Newsletter #1, 1998
The Evolution of our Breed, Maine Coon International © Issue #8 1986
- The Modern Look, Maine Coon International © Issue #10
- Regularly published articles in the Native Maine Coon Cat Association (NMCCA) newsletter
Dirigo is an internationally published author of
about the Maine Coon Cat and photographer of Maine Coon Cat
pictures of the Maine Coon breed, is a historian of MCC legends and tall tails, and is a breeder member and a founder of the Native Maine Coon Cat Association.
Native Maine Coon Cat Association (NMCCA) Breeder Member
Our Association, the Native Maine Coon Cat Association (NMCCA), is dedicated to preserving the native Maine Coon Cat and contributes substantially to history and evolution of the Maine Coon Cat breed, genetic topics, and breeding articles. We are breeders and cat fanciers who show in and support all cat associations. Breeding and Health
Maine Coon Health, Inheritance, and HistoryThe History of the Polydactyl Maine Coon: Maine Coons come from Maine and polydactyl Maine Coons most especially show their Maine heritage visibly in their extra-wide, multi-toed paws ... [more]
A fluffy Maine "cooncat": The large, fluffy, semi-longhair, natural domestic cat breed that originated in Maine was called "cooncat" there in the 1800's as documented in ... [more]
Historical article The Saturday Evening Post article about the Maine Coon Cat dated 1901: "At the present time [January, 1901] all of them come from Maine, simply for the reason that the breed is peculiar as yet to that State [in 1900]” ... [more]
... “Coon-cats have been recognized as a distinct breed in Maine for so long that the memory of the oldest inhabitant [known in 1901] runs back to their beginning” ... [more]
The genetic base of the Maine cat was well established in Maine by the late 1700s long before there were any pedigrees, cat breeders, registries, cat clubs or even many people for that matter.
The Origin of the Maine Coon in Folklore
The Legend of Rosalind of Squam Island: "Captain Clough sailed up the Sheepscot River to his home on Squam Island; and he brought beautifully carved furniture, draperies of velvet and silk, magnificent paper hangings,and even gowns of costly brocade, [and perhaps cats] which the friends of Marie Antoinette had placed on board his vessel in the far-away French waters" ...
The Legends of Pinepoint: "The barn on the Tarbox farm, near Biddeford Pool, Maine, waswell-populated with beautiful Maine Coon cats, undoubtedly related to" ...
About the Author
A native Mainer, notable Maine author and artist did her undergraduate studies in fine art and literature at Syracuse University. She has written many articles on this unique breed of cat. Her articles are internationally published and have been translated into other languages since 1990. She has written many of the most authoritative articles about the unique Maine Coon breed.She is internationally recognized as a foremost authority on the Maine Coon breed. She is dedicated to preserving native Maine Coon cats. She contributes substantially to the history and evolution of the Maine Coon Cat breed, genetic topics, and breeding articles about Maine Coon Cats.
She is author of articles for the magazine
Maine Coon International.
Information and articles are available thru Dirigo.
References about the Maine Coon
Cat Association Links
Featured in That Yankee Cat, The Maine Coon by Marilis Hornidge, is our Dirigo Swift River Ruffian, "Ruffie."
Titles are both CFF and TICA.
"Dirigo" is the official motto of the State of Maine.
The official Maine State cat is the Maine Coon Cat.
The name Dirigo is recognized by we native Mainers to mean "of Maine" in the common usage.
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