The origins of the Maine Coon Cat can be anecdotal at best. Some have said that they were a cross between the indigenous cats of Maine and a raccoon. Genetically speaking...nope, not possible. Another theory said they were derived from 6 cats that belonged to Marie Antoinette. She allegedly had them shipped to New England so they would be there awaiting their mistress while she made her escape from France during the French Revolution. That didn't work out so well for her...
The next and most plausible theory is that they were brought over by the Vikings in the 1700's. This theory works because recent genetic testing has shown that the Maine Coon Cat is actually a descendant of the Norwegian Forest Cat and a mysterious extinct domestic breed. The only thing that's consistent in these 3 stories has the cat originating in New England. The only part that makes perfect sense is how their descendants got here and that credit goes to the Vikings.
When people think of Maine Coons, they think SIZE. Now, this SIZE is difficult to imagine unless you're up close and personal with them. We've brought our red tabby Jameson to a well known pet food store several times, and always get the wide eyed looks. And then the questions; how much does he WEIGH, how old is he, what kind is he? And we answer those questions; he weighs 25lbs, he's 2 years old, and he's a Maine Coon. To be fair, not every Coon will be that big. Males average between 10-18lbs, females 8-15lbs, with some that are clearly outside the norm. Trust and believe, 15lbs of cat with long, shaggy hair looks like a beast. This cat is as sweet tempered as it is big; they do well in a family, they get along with other animals, they're very affectionate without being clingy. Closed doors don't work for them, so plan on throwing your privacy away. They are extremely intelligent, they train as easily as their canine friends and they don't bark! They will chirp, trill, and make a wide assortment of other hard to describe sounds but will rarely meow.
It's easy to go on and on about how magnificent a creature the Maine Coon Cat is, and believe me, we will. But to a potential buyer, we would tell you to do your research. Look at other breeders, look at their cats. Read what they have to say. Read their reviews. Don't make anything less than a well thought out, informed decision, since this is a life long commitment we're talking about here. ASK QUESTIONS. We love to talk about our cats. There absolutely is NO such thing as a dumb question. If a breeder is unwilling to communicate with you, run! And when you've done your research and you're ready to add one of these magnificent cats to your home, come on back to Aoibheann.
The word Aoibheann, pronounced (eve een) is a Gaelic term meaning "of radiant beauty and sheen". We think it's the purrfect way to describe our Maine Coons! At Aoibheann, we specialize in European Maine Coons; it's just a look we love and want to cultivate. We have been researching European pedigrees and lineage and have traced our kings (and soon our queens!) back to foundation cats. Our goal is health first; but secondly we want to continue those strong European features we've grown to love. Socialization is also very important to us, as our Maine Coons are part of our lives. They live with us in our homes and hang out with our dogs, our children, our parrot, our ferrets, etc.! We strive to give you the very best companion from our carefully chosen imported European lines.
We at Aoibheann have carefully and thoughtfully chosen only the finest European bloodlines that produce the look, health, temperament, and intelligence that result in a beautiful & healthy Maine Coon. Those lines include Tresor Blanc, Langstteich, Gonsior Line, Amibial, Pillowtalk, Silvi-Cola, ZMatrixu, Family Stars, Summerplace, Medium Color, Laguna Leo, and Country Gullivers.... to name a few. All of our breeding cats are tested for the following genetic diseases: HCM, SMA, PKD, and PKdef. We have done extensive research into European lines and have traced our cats back to foundation cats! The hard work has been done for you.
You can peruse our kittens on our Facebook page, Aoibheann Maine Coons, or on this site. You're welcome to join the Aoibheann page, even if it's just to look at the cats!
All kittens will be sold as ESN (Early Spay Neuter); no exceptions.
The cost of an Aoibheann Maine Coon kitten is $2,800. Breeder has first right over every litter and will evaluate those that may be held back.
A down payment of 50% is required to reserve a kitten. This is a non-refundable payment; cash only.
If you are interested in an Aoibheann kitten, kindly fill out the questionnaire so we can get you on our waiting list!
du Tresor Blanc's O'Saoirse's Surprise of Aoibheann (retired)
Amibial's Pearl of Aoibheann
Big Wild Cats Midnight Blue of Aoibheann
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Contract for adoption will be available on request at this time. Price $2,800; 50% non-refundable cash deposit required to reserve your kitten. Balance due at time of pick up if local; if shipping is required, balance due 1 week prior to shipping. Kittens will be ready to leave for their new home at 4 months of age. Kittens will come vaccinated, microchipped, and spay/neutered.
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