Maine Coons are known as the gentle giants of the cat world and are credited with a spectacular long hair coat, a square muzzle, and a size that wows. The Maine Coon also is known for its beauty and great temperament. No one knows from where the Maine Coon actually developed. Despite being acknowledged in the 1860s as a breed, the Maine Coons' origins are hotly debated; one story involves Viking ships. Another begins with Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. Yet another crosses a domestic cat with a raccoon (which is the only definitively false tale of origin). The Maine Coon's origin is shrouded in mystery and sea-mist, captivating imaginations and setting fanciers on a journey to learn, appreciate, and love this special type of cat. One thing we know for sure: the Coons' history is tied to the sea.
Health and temperament of the Maine Coon breed are the top priorities of our Pennsylvanian Maine Coon cattery. I actively screen my breeding cats for HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) by an annual echocardiogram and double DNA test. My breeding cats are also negative for PK Deficiency and SMA. I thank my mentors, Michelle Chaffee of Maine Lvrs cattery and Mickey Cole of Maine Delite cattery, for their dedication to the Maine Coon breed; without them, Sun O'er Sea cattery would have remained a distant dream and not a reality. As I work alongside these wonderful breeders of Maine Coons, I am struck by their commitment to the CFA breed standard. I, like my mentors, am committed to this ideal and place the highest importance on health and temperament over other factors, resulting in stunning felines.
Our pride and joy: Maine Delite Nimue of Sun O'er Sea, 10 months