Breed standard


FIFe – breed standard of the Maine Coon

Because I am a member of an association of the FIFe, I follow the FIFe 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 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.
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

Neck:

Males have a very strong and muscled neck.


Ears


Shape:

Large, wide at the base. Moderately pointed.
Lynx-tufts are desirable. Tufts of hair inthe 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 norelationship between eye and coat colour.
Clear eye colour is desirable.

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 and paws:

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

Colour:

All colour varieties are permitted, including all colour varieties with white; except pointed patterns and chocolate and lilac, cinnamon 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 – Remarks


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


Unharmonische Proportionen, insgesamt kleine Katze.

Runder Kopf, gerades oder konvexes Profil.

Hervorstehende Schnurrhaarkissen, runde oder spitze Schnauze , fliehendes Kinn und “break” der Nase.

Weit auseinanderstehende und nach außen stehende Ohren.

Schrägliegende, mandelförmige Augen.

Ein feiner, leichter oder kurzer, gedrungener Körperbau.

Lange, staksige Beine und ein kurzer Schwanz.

Fehlen des langen Felles am Bauch, überall gleichlanges Haar oder fehlen jeglicher Unterwolle.