Much has been made about Dante's resemblance to a lion, but he had similarities with other big cats as well, specifically the lynx.
You will also note that Dante's winter coat includes pronounced facial hair on his cheeks. I gleaned this description of 'felis lynx' characteristics online: "Their cheeks have long pale ruffs which form a pointed beard on each side of their face near the throat area."
So, all this begs the question: Are Maine Coons the missing lynx of the Family Felidae? Perhaps they are the genetic connection between wild cats and domesticated pussycats in general.
What do you think?