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I got this cat about 4 years ago. She was a stray and needed a good home. I got to wondering the other day what breed she might be. A friend suggested that she might be a Maine Coon, so I started researching the breed. She certainly seems to have the markings and traits of a Maine Coon, but her ears don't look very linx-like to me and she seems to be pretty small for the breed (only about 5.5 pounds).

Can anybody help clear this up for me?
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Oh yeah, she's certainly got the MCO look down! Not all Maine Coons are big cats; in fact someone else here also has a rather small Maine Coon.

She's beautiful! Welcome to the forum
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Yep, she definitely looks a maine coon.
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Thanks for your replies. I thought she might be but wanted input from people that know more about breeds than I do. By the way, her name is Smokey.

This is a picture of her shortly after I found her and cleaned her up. It's my favorite picture of her, but it's a little blurry. It was taken with a cell phone.
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Smokey is gorgeous, and definitely looks like a Maine Coon. Perhaps she is a mix, with predominantly M.C. traits?
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Hi There,

The second I looked at that first photo I thought "oh, yup there's a Maine Coon!" My Alice is only 8 pounds, a pedigreed full-Coon. So size isn't the defining characteristic. There's a lot more. Smokey has the "ruff", the tail, the big eyes, I could go on! (check this out for more: Maine Coon Characteristics)

She may be mixed, you never know, but full-breed cats end up homeless too, for a variety of reasons. You are safe to call her a Coon! She's a beauty!

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Hi there, Smokey is an absolutely gorgeous cat, certainly has a lot of MC characteristics - does she have the ear tufts, I think from your earlier post you weren't sure?

I think Brandon may have been talking about my Maine Coon Sasha earlier when he spoke about a small Maine Coon, she is a very small dainty girl, only about 8lb but a purebred MC
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Hi there, Smokey is an absolutely gorgeous cat, certainly has a lot of MC characteristics - does she have the ear tufts, I think from your earlier post you weren't sure?

I think Brandon may have been talking about my Maine Coon Sasha earlier when he spoke about a small Maine Coon, she is a very small dainty girl, only about 8lb but a purebred MC
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