Dan & Marian Goepfert
Joplin, MO Copyright 2018© MoJo Maines, Maine Coon Cattery | All Rights Reserved
About Maine Coons
I could fill this page with information, waxing on about how awesome the Maine Coon is: How they are the working cat, with shaggy coat and big ears and that plume tail and the best personality. I could give you a run down of the Breed Standards (dry reading but informative). It still wouldn't be enough. I won't do it justice.
I would have to make a whole other website dedicated to all things Maine Coon.
I will occasionally update this page with bits of information, but also with links to Maine Coon Fan websites. Those sites tend to have more information about Maine Coons then you may want. :D
So yes. Perhaps I am taking the easy way out - by not typing gobs of information on my site about Maine Coons. I see it as a redundancy since Maine Coon Cat Nation has more information I could ever provide on this single page.
Maine Coon Breed standards are the written and agreed upon guidelines from the Cat Associations around the globe. Breeders should be using these standards for their breeding program & judges use them when scoring the cats at Cat Shows. There will always be slight variations and interpretations, but there shouldn't be extremes. (as an example of extreme changes in the breed standards: Siamese cats look totally different now then they did 20 years ago. Do a search of 'apple head' Siamese and then google a current photo)
A thing to note when reading the standards: The wording is usually decided on by a small committee of breeders who may or may not have the cat's best interests in hand. People like different things, and if they are showing their cats and want their cats to win, the obvious thing to do would be to change the standards to match the look of your cats. Wording 'tweaks' can change an entire breed look.
I am against altering the look of Maine Coons to the extremism. It has happened in the 6 short years I've been a breeder. Words like "look of the wild' have been added to the standards, "square muzzle" as been misinterpreted and become extreme. This breed should NOT look like a bobcat or a lynx or look extremely feral.
TICA MC Breed Standards
1. Maine Coons are a natural breed from the United States. Their origins begin in the state of Maine, hence their name. If you import a cat, check the pedigree - if it doesn't show US catteries somewhere in the lines , it's not a Maine Coon.
2. They are a large cat breed. Everything about them is usually large: ears, tails, and body. With that said, even though large, everything is suppose to be in proportion. Nothing should be overly exaggerated. You should look at the cat and say, "Oh wow! He's huge." not "Oh wow, those ears are like rabbit's ears" - same goes for all of their facial features.
3. Maine Coons, like humans, vary in size. The average female is 10-15 lbs fully grown (at 5yrs) and boys are 15-21lbs. Some are larger, some smaller.
4. Feeding your Maine Coon more food to make him 'big' isn't doing him or you any favors, it's just making him fat and more prone to serious hip issues, diabetes, urinary tract infections, and dental problems.
Marian Goepfert of MoJo Maines