Maine Coon Standard
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***Maine Coon Standard  (FIFe)***

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

Maine Coon Breed Standard
General
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 flowing tail. Good muscle tone and density give the cat the appearance of power and robustness.
Size Medium to large
Head
Shape Medium in size, square outline. 
Profile with a gentle concave slope.
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 width 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 coatcolour. 
Clear eye colour is desirable.
 Neck
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
Legs Substantial, medium length to form a rectangle with the body
Paws Large, round and well tufted between the toes
Tail
Tail At least als long as the body from shouderblade 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, with 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 colours are acceptable except pointed patterns, the colours chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, fawn, and the burmese factors. 
Any amount of white is permitted.
Condition
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Faults
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Faults

General
  • Unbalanced proportions 
  • Overall small cat
Head
  • Round head 
  • Straight or convex profile
Nose
  • Nose break
Muzzle
  • Pronounced whisker pads 
  • Round or pointed muzzle
Chin
  • Undershot chin
Ears
  • Wide set, flared ears
Eyes
  • Slanted, almond shaped eyes
Body
  • Fine,light bone structure
  • Short cobby body
Legs
  • Long stilty legs
Tail
  • Short tail
Coat
  • Lack of belly shag
  • Coat of overall even length 
  • Lack of any undercoat
SCALE OF POINTS
TOTAL     100 POINTS
Head General shape, shape of nose, cheeks and muzzle, jaw and teeth, forehead, chin
25

 
 
          40
Shape and placement of ears
10
Shape and placement of eyes
5
Body Shape, size, bonestructure, legs, shape of paws
25
35
Shape and length of tail
10
Coat Quality and texture
10
20
Length
10
Condition  
 5
5

Special  thanks to Anneke Kuys of Patchwork cattery, for providing the table data.


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