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About Maine Coon

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Maine Coon standart

The Maine Coon is a natural breed of amiable character that  traces its origin to the working cat found on the farms of Northeast America.

Appearance: The breed of the Maine Coon is large framed with a square outline of the head, large ears, broad chest, solid bone structure, a long, hard muscled, rectangular body and a long flowing tail.

Good muscle tone and density give the cat the appearance of power and robustness.

Size: Large

Head

Shape: Medium in size; square outline.

Forehead: Gently curved

Cheeks: Cheekbones high and prominent

Face/Nose/Muzzle: Face and nose of medium length with a square outline of the muzzle.

Distinct transition can be felt between muzzle and cheekbones.

Chin: Firm, in vertical alignment with nose and upperlip

Ears

Shape: Large, wide at the base. Moderately pointed.

Lynx-tufts are desirable. Tufts of hair in the ears extend beyond outer edges of ears.

Placement: Set high on head with a very slight outward tilt.

Ears should be placed one ear‘s wisth apart. The width extends slightly in older cats.

Lower base set just slightly further back than upper base.

Eyes

Shape: Large and widely set. Slightly oval, but not almond shaped, appear round when wide open. Set slightly slanted towards the outer base of the ear.

Colour: Any colour is permitted. There is no relationship between eye and coat colour. Clear eye colour is desirable.

Neck

Males have a very strong muscled neck.

Body

Structure: The body should be long, substantial bone structure. Hard muscled, powerful, broad-chested. Large framed, all parts of the body in proportion to create a rectangular appearance.

 

Legs

Substantial, medium length to form a rectangle with the body.

Paws: Large, round and well tufted between the toes.

Tail

At least as long as the body from shoulderblade to base of tail. Wide at the base tapering to the tip; with full, flowing hair.

The hair on the tail is long and always remains flowing.

Coat

Structure: All weather coat. Dense. Short on head, shoulders and legs, becoming gradually longer down the back and sides, width long, full shaggy baggy trousers on the hind legs and belly fur. A frill is expected.

Texture silky. Coat has distinct body, falling smoothly.

The undercoat is soft and fine, covered by the coarse smooth outercoat.

Colour: All colour varietes are permitted, including all colour varietes with white; ecept pointed patterns and chocolate and lilac, cinamon and fawn.

Any amount of white is allowed, i.e. a white blaze, white locket, white chest, white on the belly, white on the paws, etc.

Condition

The Maine Coon should always be in good balance, condition and proportion.

Remarks:

  • Type must always take preference over colour.
  • Very slow maturing of the breed should be taken into account.
  • Mature males may have larger and broader heads than females.
  • Females are proportionally smaller than males. Allowance must be made for this significant difference in size.
  • Length of coat and density of undercoat vary with the seasons.

 

 

Faults:

  • Unbalanced proportions
  • Overall small cat
  • Round head
  • Straight or convex profile
  • Nose break
  • Pronounced whisker pads
  • Round or pointed muzzle
  • Undershot chin
  • Wide set, flared ears
  • Slanted, almond shaped eyes
  • Fine, light bone structure
  • Short cobby body
  • Long stilty legs
  • Short tail
  • Lack of belly shag
  • Coat of overall even length
  • Lack of any undercoat

 

Recognized Colour Varieties

Maine Coon is judged in one of the following colour variety groups, i.e. in each       colour variety group a certificate can be awarded

Colour                                               EMS Code

Group I

Black/Blue                                          MCO n/a

Group II

Black/Blue with white                       MCO n/a 01/02/03/09

Group III

Black/Blue agouti                              MCO n/a 22/23/24/25

Black/Blue golden                             MCO n/a y 11/12/22/23/24/25

Group IV

Black/Blue agouti with white            MCO n/a 01/02/03/09 21/22/23/24/25

Black/Blue golden with white           MCO n/a y 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25

Group V

Red/Cream/Tortie solid/agouti         MCO d/e/f/g

                                                         MCO d/e/f/g 22/23/24/25

Red/Cream/Tortie golden                 MCO d/e/f/g y 11/12/22/23/24/25

Group VI

Red/Cream/Tortie solid/agouti with white    MCO d/e/f/g 01/02/03/09

                                                                     MCO d/e/f/g 01/02/03/09 21/22/23/24/25

Red/Cream/Tortie golden with white  MCO d/e/f/g y 01/02/03/0911/12/21/22/23/24/25

Group VII

Black/Blue/Red/Cream smoke/silver              MCO n/a/d/e s

                                                                      MCO n/a/d/e s 11/12/22/23/24/25

Tortie smoke                                                  MCO f/g s

Tortie silver                                                    MCO f/g s 11/12/22/23/24/25

Group VIII

Black/Blue/Red/Cream

smoke/silver with white                                 MCO n/a/d/e s 01/02/03/09

                                                                       MCO n/a/d/e s 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25

Tortie smoke with white                                 MCO f/g s 01/02/03/09

Tortie silver with white                                    MCO f/g s 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25

Group IX

White                                                              MCO w

 

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