A. Just to clear up any confusion, EuroCoons™ are actually Maine Coons. We actually invented the term EuroCoons™ when we named our cattery. Ever since we've noticed that people started referring to them as a whole separate breed. So now we use this term to distinguish Maine Coons that are bred in Europe with a focus on particular traits. The exotic traits include larger ear tufts, stronger muzzle and chin (and of course) the signature Lynx-like, tall looking ears with full and long tufts of hair. In contrast, the American Maine Coon’s tufts are often virtually non-existent. In addition, EuroCoons™ have these stunning, piercing almond-shaped, elongated eyes that only add to their exotic appearance.
A. In my opinion, temperament really comes down to how the kittens are treated by the breeder. Yes, they are all unique, but without exception, our kittens are loving and loyally attached to their families. Of course, just like people, they have unique personalities. Some are cautious of anyone new, while others will instantly become everybody’s best friend. Some may start purring at the possibility of being petted, while others never purr… no matter how much they are relishing the adoration. And this is funny. We have cats that loudly (and proudly) announce to the world their intention to use the litter box, while others do their business with no fanfare. Before we started raising EuroCoons™, we heard stories about their aggressiveness; however, we have yet to witness this trait at our Cattery. I will say, unequivocally, that mating brings out the most aggressiveness in the species. Trust me, once a female makes known they are done mating there isn’t a male alive that wouldn’t get the message!
A. There’s no way I can see into the future, but I can tell you that our males, while standing on their hind legs, can put their noses up over the kitchen counter tops to smell the food we are preparing. And I can tell you that we have male kittens that weigh in at over 20 pounds at 12-months-old and females at over 16 pounds. In the final analysis, with all things being equal, a “fixed” cat is significantly larger than one that hasn’t been spay or neutered. I can also say that they don’t reach their final size until about three-years-old. Finally, I believe strongly that weight should not be a factor in determining if one cat may grow up to be “bigger” than another. Let’s face it, some heavier Maine Coons are just FAT CATS.
A. Here’s how I tell: I make some cookies. Then I sit down with a tall glass of milk and eat all of the cookies while watching a good movie.Then at the end of the movie… Okay, I don’t have an answer to that question, but cookies were great. Just like people, kittens are born with a certain growth potential, and when raised in the ideal environment, they are certainly more likely to reach full growth potential.
A. Again, as with growth factors, the disposition of a Maine Coon Cat (European or American) is heavily dependent upon the breeder. As you’ve probably read by now, our kittens receive non-stop amounts of love and attention. We pick them up, pet them, and give them lots of kisses all day:) Plus, they enjoy the run of the house, as well as having their own rooms. As a result, they learn to crave the attention, and can’t wait to return it! And they’ll do anything to be close to you, whether its laying across your lap as the family watches TV, sitting on top of your head, or covering up your laptop while you are trying to work. And at our home, they’ll sit by the window as we are pulling into the garage, and then race to the door to make sure they can greet you as you walk in – just like a dog. How cool is that?
A. Our kittens are not exposed to dogs, unfortunately, as we lost our lab as I mentioned in our story. But, according to our clients, they get along extremely well with dogs. Much depends on introduction process (I can discuss this subject in detail if you’re interested in calling me) and the disposition of your pet dog. Our kittens are very playful and friendly with other animals – and never, ever mean any harm.
A. Same thing with children, really. Needless to say, our six-year-old is constantly around them… so they know all about little boys. In my view, if the child is taught to treat all animals with love and respect, everything should be fine. And this is a very serious topic I always address with anybody interested in one of our kittens.
A. Price is market dependent. Males, being significantly larger, sell for a proportional amount more than females. Our kittens do sell at the higher end of the spectrum and that is because our queens and kings are at the top of the spectrum. The cats that we purchase for breeding in Europe are not just from the Elite breeders; they are from their Premier lineages. Thanks to my Ukrainian roots, I have connections (Russian is my first language) that other breeders in the US simply cannot attain. While these European breeders may sell to others her in the States, they don’t sell from their top tier. To even be allowed to be in line to purchase one of these cats is an honor. And it is my distinct honor to bring these lines to you.
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