De fire store internasjonale katteforbundene CFA, TICA, FIFe og WCF har hver sine standarder, med enkelte forskjeller. Standardene beskriver den ideelle Maine Coon, og på utstillinger er det standarden kattene måles opp mot.
I Medlemsbladet har vi en artikkelserie som sammenligner de fire standardene og den første, opprinnelige, standarden. Vi ser på ordlyd, likheter og forskjeller.
Den aller første standarden
Da noen entusiaster på 60-tallet ville forsøke redde og bygge opp rasen Maine Coon, måtte de få den godkjent i forbundene som registrerer katter i stambok. De dannet organisasjonen MCBFA: Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association.
Dette er den første standarden de lagde. (Vi vurderer å oversette til norsk etter hvert.)
The First MCBFA Standard of the Maine Coon
Transcript of a typewritten carbon copy from the archives made available by Lynne Sherer, Calicoon Cattery, archivist at the MCBFA, in January 2012 – cited from the booklet on the MCO standard from FIFe MCO Breed Council 2013.
Head 20 Points
Head shape: Medium in width, except in the older more developed studs where it should be quite broad. Cheek bones high. The nose and face should be medium long with an appearance of squareness to the muzzle. Little or no break in nose.
Ears: Large in size. Tufted, pointed and wide at base.
Eyes: Large, round, wide set. Slightly oblique setting.
Chin: Firm and in line with upper lid and nose.
Undesirable: Short flat face, or long pointed nose. Undershot chin. Short rounded, narrow set ears. Narrow, slanting eyes.
Body 30 Points
Neck: Medium long. In the older more mature cats, especially studs, the neck should be thick and muscular, giving the appearance of power and strength.
Body shape: Muscular, powerful and long. The chest should be full and from medium to large in size. The body should be level, but in stance, the hind legs hold the body slightly lower than the front. There should be a definite squareness where the hind legs join the body at the rump. All the physical aspects of the cat should be in proportion to one another.
Tail: Long and full: wide at base and should taper to the end with no kinks.
Legs & feet: Substantial, muscular, wide set and of medium height. The cat should stand well upon its forelegs giving the impression of an unbroken line from shoulder to forepaw. Paws should be large, round, and well tufted, with five toes in front and four in back.
Undesirable: Short legs and untufted feet. Short cobby body and short neck. A rounded rump. Delicate, dainty bone structure.
Coat 20 Points
Coat: The fur on the front shoulders is short and should become gradually longer along the back towards the tail, ending in a shaggy, heavy coat on the “britches”. The sides of the cat’s coat should gradually get longer until the stomach is reached, where it should be long and full. A full ruff is not expected, however, there should be a slight frontal ruff beginning at the base of the ears. The fur on the tail should be long and full. Feet should be tufted. Coat should be fine, heavy, lustrous, and should fall smoothly. A slight undercoat may be carried. This is the optimum coat and will vary with climate.
Coat Color 10 Points
Coat color: the coat may be any color or any combination of colors. Winners are not to be withheld for buttons, lockets, or spots.
Eye Color 10 Points
Eye color: the eye color may be the same as that required for coat color in other longhairs, or green.Clarity of color is desirable.
Condition 10 Points
Condition: Solid, firm, muscular. Should be presented in a well-groomed manner.
Maine Coon-standarden i FIFe
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