TICA Breed Standard MAINE COON

Dies ist der Maine Coon Standard der TICA, der momentan bei MCO-Züchtern beliebtesten der grossen Assoziationen.
Da Maine Coons ja amerikanische Katzen sind steht hier nur die Originalversion in englisch.:


TICA Breed Standard MAINE COON (MC)
Revised 01/01/05 Maine Coon Breed Standard, 05/01/2005


HEAD   40 points
Shape                                        8
Eyes                                           5
Ears                                         10
Muzzle and Chin                     10
Profile                                        7

BODY 35 points
Torso                                       10
Legs and Feet                          3
Tail                                             5
Boning                                       7
Musculature                            10

Length                                     10
Texture                                      5
Color                                         5
Pattern                                      5

CATEGORY: Traditional.

Overall balance and proportion are essential to the Maine Coon and no
one feature should dominate the eye's attention over any other.

Shape: Broad, modified wedge.
Size in proportion to body. Slightly longer than wide. Distinct muzzle
break can be seen under high prominent cheekbones.
Eyes: Large, slightly oval, appear round when wide open.
Outer corner of eye points toward outer base of ear. Wide-set.
Color: Any shade of green and/or gold. No relationship to coat color. Blue and
odd-eyes accepted in whites and particolors.
Ears: Large, wide at base with outer base set just slightly farther
back than inner base. Outer base just above the level of the top of the
eye. Outside edges have a very slight outward tilt that is not past
eleven and one o'clock. Set fairly high on head with inner edge of ear
bases no more than one ear's width apart. Taller than the width at base
but still in balance with head length. Moderately pointed ears appear taller due to lynx tips.
Furnishings extend beyond outer edge of ear.
Chin: Wide and deep enough to complete square look of muzzle.
Firm, in line with upper lip.
Muzzle: Square.
Profile: Gently curving forehead. Gentle concave curve at bridge of
nose flowing into a smooth nose line. Slight nose bump allowed in kittens.

Torso: Large, long, substantial, rectangular, equal in breadth from
shoulders to hips. Broad chest. Level back.
Females may be noticeably smaller than males.
Legs: Medium length to form a rectangle with the body.
Feet: Large, round and welltufted.
Tail: At least as long as the body. Wide at base and tapering to tip with full, flowing fur.
Boning: Substantial.
Musculature: Substantial, powerful.

Length: Uneven; shorter on shoulders, gradually lengthening
down the back and sides. Long, full, shaggy belly fur and britches. Tail fur
long, full, flowing. Frontal ruff becomes more developed with age.
Texture: All weather coat. Aslight undercoat gives the coat body
but coat still falls smoothly. Not cottony.
Color: Particolors must have some white on all four feet.

The Maine Coon is America's native longhaired cat. The breed, with its
essentially amiable disposition, developed through a natural
selection process where only the fittest survived. It should always be
remembered that the Maine Coon developed basically as a "working
cat" able to fend for itself in rough, woody terrain and under extreme
climatic conditions. The Maine Coon is a large breed with big ears, broad
chest, substantial boning, a long, hard muscled, rectangular body and
a long flowing tail. Good muscle tone and density give the cat the appearance of power.

ALLOWANCES: Standard favors the male. Allowance MUST be made
for a significant size difference between the male and the female.
Type should not be sacrificed for size. Breed is slow to mature. Allow
for tighter earset in kittens and wider earset in mature adults

Eyes: Slanted, almond-shaped.
Flat tops on openings.
Ears: Very close, set straight up.
Narrow bases. Wide set, flared.
Chin: Weak or receding, narrow, lack of depth.
Muzzle: Prominent whisker pads.
Profile: Straight. Roman nose. Pronounced bump.
Torso: Narrow.
Tail: Short tail.
Coat: Lack of slight undercoat or belly shag. Overall even coat.
Color: Obvious lockets.


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