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Maine Coon


The origin of the Maine Coon
On the origin of Maine Coon circulates many interesting legends and myths. Their undeniable charm does not obscure the fact even that a majority based on a completely erroneous assumptions.
One of the more popular also said that the Maine Coon in a straight line derived from crosses of wild cats with a raccoon. The veracity of this claim is supposed to provide a fluffy, tabby tail, characterized by both species. However, any disputes concerning the possibility of such a link should not take place, according to zoologists as a cross between a cat with a raccoon is genetically impossible.
Another theory, however, that the first Maine coon parents were living in the wild representative of the American domestic cat and lynx. A common feature in this case the characteristic tufts on the tips of the ears. Despite the fact that the combination of cat and lynx is quite likely still unravel the mystery of origin of a wonderful, fluffy tail, which is a definite pride of maine coon.
Typically, a romantic undertone seems to be a legend, which directly relates to the period of the French Revolution. According to this story to a Maine Coon brought a significant contribution to Marie Antoinette. The Queen feared for the fate of their own during the revolutionary turmoil of Angor sent them to America for safekeeping. Imported from France, males are reportedly interested in the local cats, eventually contributing to a new breed.
While many of the transfers to the origin of Maine Coon is a figment of imagination, they can also find items as the most accurate.
At the beginning of the creation of New England, where the prevailing living conditions were extremely heavy. Cold months came at a time when northern America have remained hot summer sun. The winters were characterized by abundant snow, while spring was rainy and very often there were floods. Living in such conditions required courage, perseverance and adaptability skills. Such characteristics are highly desirable not only in humans. Imported animals on the American continent also had to learn to live in a number of discomforts. Among the species that are particularly keen on the ships were taken at that time was a domestic cat. His presence on board was the first guarantee of population control rats. Not without significance for the crew was also friendly nature of this animal. It is likely that during the call at the ports of cats came down to land, together with their carers. Some of them was lost, not returned to the ship and the place assumed the cat family.
Today, several European races largely resembles a Maine Coon breed. The best example is the Norwegian Forest cat. It is believed that representatives of this race very often accompanied by seamen in overseas travel. These cats on the American continent płodziły offspring, of which only exceptionally powerful individuals could survive in harsh conditions and hostile neighborhood of wolves and coyotes. Robust construction with pompous fur raised in respect of potential enemies, easy to maintain long-haired fur secured against the cold, flat, hairy feet facilitate moving the snow, and hairy ears protect your hearing from many falls. Features listed here are indeed representative of the characteristics of Maine Coon - race, which was formed to meet the requirements fixed by the natural environment.
In nineteenth-century New England cats have enjoyed tremendous sympathy for his hunting abilities, proved the appearance and friendly nature. In the mid-nineteenth century, began to organize a fashion show cat and with it the increased popularity of Maine Coon. The first exhibition took place in an almost circus atmosphere, and the evaluation of cats was carried out according to rigid standards. Soon, the cat shows began to be a growing group of enthusiasts, and their popularity has moved to other regions of America, ever more inter alia, promoting the Maine Coon breed.
In the early twentieth century, another long-haired breed has come to the fore. Reich Persian cat lovers has grown at an enormous pace, which significantly contributed to reduce the interest coonami Maine. For about half a century, the breed Maine Coon remained on the sidelines of interest breeders.
The Sixties brought change to this situation, and it happened thanks to a group of enthusiasts who fought for the restoration due maine coonom position. These individuals have established an organization called the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers' Association, whose main task was to promote the breed. MCBFA is today the largest and most influential organization to look after the interests of both animals and their carers. Established by her standards are recognized around the world, and a code of rules is respected by thousands of farmers.
Popularity of a Maine Coon increased in recent years outside the United States as in Europe and Japan, where the cat is seen as a symbol of America.
The fundamental issue in the initial phase of MCBFA was accurate to describe the characteristics of the breed. After establishing the standard registration began cats that could be considered representatives of the Maine Coon. Initially, such records shall take into account both cats, whose ancestors according to the documents belonged to a race, and animals of unclear origin. Regarding the latter, the so-called. racial purity they earn a fourth generation. Currently, all the world's Maine Coon cats are descendants of cats registered in the sixties by the organization MCBFA and can not be added to the register of the breed of the animal without a pedigree, which certifies that a particular individual is the offspring of the representatives of the same race. The document also shows the family tree, there is the question of quality, efficiency and health of a cat.

Standards MCBFA

General description:
Maine Coon est strong, durable oldest representative of the American long-haired cat breed. Belongs to a group of large domestic cats, the cats have a stature than the males. In comparison with other breeds has a long maturation period.
Head:
It is characterized by the average length and width, with slightly angular outlines with high cheek bones located. In adult males clearly visible face of the mandible widens. It is characterized by medium-sized nose with a slightly concave curve. Beard is in line with the upper lip and nose.
Eyes:
Should be high, wide apart in a somewhat oblique orbits. Eye color may be a shade of green, gold or copper, white cats may have blue eyes or a different color. There is no relationship between eye color and coat color. Transparency is desirable eye color.
Ears:
Large, profusely hairy inside, wide at the base should be set high, spaced apart by approximately one ear's width and have a moderately pointy end. It is desirable that their tips were terminated, "brush".
Body:
Muscular, medium to large size with a wide chest and neck of medium length, proportionally long, rectangular, viewed from the rear to give the impression of a bit angular.
Legs and feet:
The legs should be solid, wide apart, medium in length. Feet should be large, round and well furred (five fingers in front, four toes on the rear).
Fur:
A short length of hair from the front to grow toward the back, reaching the largest size on the belly and the pants. Fur can be single or multi-colored, should be soft and smooth to fall close to the body, characterized by a ruff around the neck springing from the base of the ear.
Disqualifying Features: stains, spots, equal to the length of hair all over his body, short body, slanting eyes, curled tail, incorrect number of toes.
Features of lowering scores: delicate bone structure, lack of locks of hair in the feet, bad condition, flat or convex profile, short rounded muzzle.
Although many details gathered in the description of "proper" maine coon, there is still much freedom to interpret the characteristics of the breed standard. Determine the type of "average", "broad", "long", etc., may be viewed differently by both breeders and individual judges during the show. Differences in interpretation of standards between different federations have led to at least two types of maine coon, whose appearance may be referred to either as "sweet" (sweet) or as a "wild" (feral).