Howlyn Cattery - About The Breed - Description


The important features of the Maine Coon are the head and body shape, and the texture and 'shag' of the coat. The head is slightly longer than it is wide, presenting a gently concave profile with high cheekbones and ears that are large, wide at the base, moderately pointed, and well tufted inside. They are set well up on the head, approximately an ear's width apart. Lynx-like tufting on the top of the ears is desirable. The neck should be medium-long, the torso long, and the chest broad. The tail should be at least as long as the torso. One of their most distinctive features is their eyes, which are large, round, expressive, and set a a slightly oblique angle. Overall, the Maine Coon should present the appearance of a well-balanced, rectangular cat.

Throughout their history there has been no restriction on the patterns and colors acceptable, with the exception of the pointed Siamese pattern. As a result, a wide range of colors and patterns are bred. Eye colors for all coat colors range through green, gold, and green-gold. Blue eyes and odd eyes, (one blue and one gold eye) are permissible in white cats. There is no requirement in the Maine Coon Standard of Perfection for particular combinations of coat color and eye color.

Maine Coon owners enjoy the breed's characteristic clown-like personality, affectionate nature, amusing habits and tricks, willingness to 'help' with any activity, and easily groomed coat. They make excellent companions for large, active families that also enjoy having dogs and other animals around. Their hardiness and ease of kittening make them a satisfying first breed for the novice breeder. For owners wishing to show, the Maine Coon has reclaimed its original glory in the show ring.

Some Maine Coon Colors
Brown Classic Tabby Brown Classic Tabby and White Tortoiseshell
SGC,IW/GC/GRC Coonyham's Sundance, OS, male PR Ambar's Solar Wind of Lutece, male kitten CH,PR Kanab's Luanne's Dorable of Ambar, female
Brown Patched Classic Tabby and White Red Classic Tabby and White Silver Tabby
SGC/CH Cooncreole Mardi Gras of Coonyham, female CH Ambar's To Sail Beyond the Sunset, female kitten SGC Coonyham Starlight Express of Karth, male
Black and White Blue Classic Tabby and White Red Silver Classic Tabby (aka Cameo Tabby)
GRC,RW Beau Despurrado of Firenze, male GRC/GC Coonyham Sassafras of Ambar, female SGC,RW Pandomainea Apache Dancer, male