Other distinctive breed-specific personality features of the Maine Coon:
Fondness for water
It is widely believed by cat experts that Maine Coons are a natural breed derived from selection in a sea-faring environment. Cats were frequently kept about trading vessels as pest control, and may have done some disembarking into fairly harsh climates, breeding, and returning shipboard. The thinking is that this eventually resulted in a domesticated but hardy breed of cat largely unafraid of water and possessed of a fine, silky coat of water resistant fur, the result of breeding between European longhairs and domestic North American shorthairs. The Maine Coon's unusual response to water is another distinctive feature of the breed.