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Every breed has some stronger and some weaker points concerning health. Most afflictions though are common to cats in general. Therefor you can not trust a line to be free of any affliction without testing. The more you test, the better you can select the cats you want to use in a healthy breeding program.
It is our goal to improve the quality of our kittens and the Maine Coon breed in general.
We currently test hearts, hips, knees and kidneys of our breeding cats.
On top of that we strive to breed kittens with healthy, outcrossed pedigrees.

Hearts Hearts are tested for Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy (HCM), a slowly developing malformation of the heart.
Hips Hips are tested for Hip Dysplasia (HD), an affection where hip joints are not optimally connected.
Knees Knees are tested for Patella Luxation, an affection where some parts of the knees are too loose and can be easily dislocated. Click here for a Dutch description.
We select partners for our cats after carefully analyzing their genetic background using a very large data base maintained at Tricks and Tails. Many breeders have already requested information about the genetic diversity of planned matings.
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Fully described as Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. PKD is also tested using echographic methods (ultrasound), just like HCM, so we always combine these tests. One test at the age of 1 year or older is sufficient.

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