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  •  Well, Akshully... (4+ / 0-)

    Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest Cat may be related.  Since the Vikings made it to the Byzantine Empire, it's also thought some of the long hair may have originally come from that area.

    They're very similar and both breeds are adapted to cold weather.

    Both are gorgeous breeds, in any case.

    Oh, cool (via the link to the Maine Coon page):  Maine Coons are the official state cat of Maine!
    :-)

    The generally-accepted theory among breeders is that the Maine Coon is descended from the pairings of local short-haired domestic cats and long-haired breeds brought overseas by English seafarers (possibly by Captain Charles Coon) or 11th-century Vikings.[8][9] The connection to the Vikings is seen in the strong resemblance of the Maine Coon to that of the Norwegian Forest Cat, another breed that is said to be a descendant of cats that traveled with the Vikings.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 11:11:07 AM PDT

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