The TICA Maine Coon Standard

 

HEAD   40 points
Shape 8 points  
Eyes 5 points  
Ears 10 points  
Muzzle and Chin 10 points  
Profile 7 points  
BODY   35 points
Torso 10 points  
Legs and Feet 3 points  
Tail 5 points  
Boning 7 points  
Musculature 10 points  
COAT/COLOR/PATTERN   25 points
Lenght 10 points  
Texture 5 points  
Color 5 points  
Pattern 5 points  
TOTAL   100 points

 

CATEGORY: Traditional.

DIVISIONS: All.

COLORS: All.

PERMISSIBLE OUTCROSSES: None.

 

Overall balance and proportion areessential to the Maine Coon and noone feature should dominate the

eye's attention over any other.

 

HEAD:

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.

 

BODY:

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.

 

COAT:

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. A slight undercoat gives the coat body but coat still falls smoothly. Not cottony.

 

Color: Particolors must have some white on all four feet.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

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. Allowfor tighter earset in kittens and wider

earset in mature adults

 

PENALIZE:

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.

 

Temperament must be unchallenging; any

sign of definite challenge shall disqualify. The

cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally

complain aloud but may not threaten to harm.

In accordance with Show Rules, ARTICLE

SIXTEEN, the following shall be considered

mandatory disqualifications: a cat that

bites (216.9), a cat showing evidence of intent

to deceive (216.10), adult whole male cats not

having two descended testicles (216.11), cats

with all or part of the tail missing , except as

authorized by a board approved standard

(216.12.1), cats with more than five toes on

each front foot and four toes on each back

foot, unless proved the result of an injury or as

authorized by a Board approved standard

(216.12.2), visible or invisible tail faults if

Board approved standard requires

disqualification (216.12.4), crossed eyes if

Board approved standard requires

disqualification (216.12.5), total blindness

(216.12.6), markedly smaller size, not in

keeping with the breed (216.12.9), and

depression of the sternum or unusually small

diameter of the rib cage itself (216.12.11.1).

See Show Rules, ARTICLE SIXTEEN for

more comprehensive rules governing

penalties and disqualifications.