Maine Coons are known as the “gentle giants” of the domesticated cat world. Possessing above-average intelligence makes them relatively easy to train. They are known for being loyal to their family and cautious, but not mean around strangers. These cats are independent and not clingy.
The Maine Coon is generally not known for being a “lap cat” but they do love to be near their family, often snuggling up close to them. Their gentle disposition makes the breed relaxed around dogs, other cats and children.
They're playful throughout their lives, with males and females being equally affectionate. Many Maine Coons have a fascination with water and some people theorize that this personality trait comes from the cats ancestors, who were aboard ships for much of their lives.
Maine Coons are known for being very vocal cats and their frequent chattering, chirping, “talking” (especially “talking back” to their owners), and making other vocalizations.