The Maine Coon is a natural breed of amiable character that traces its origin to the working cat found on the farms of Northeast America, mostly the State of Maine, which give its name. The breed has been known in America for over 200 years, it has been used for catching mice and rats. Since 1967, when it got standardized, it has been popular all over the world. The Main Coon is considerably a large cat, the male can be about 7 kg and the female about 5 kg.
The breed of the Maine Coon is large framed with a square outline of the head, large ears, broad chest, solid bone structure, a long, hard muscled, rectangular body and a long flowing tail. Good muscle tone and density give the cat the appearance of power and robustness. It has a large size. The shape of its head is medium in size; square outline. Profile has a gentle concave slope, forehead is gently curved. The cheekbones are high and prominent.
Muzzle face and nose of medium length with a square outline of the muzzle, distinct transition can be felt between muzzle and cheekbones. Chin is firm, in vertical alignment with nose and upperlip Ears' shape large, wide at the base and moderately pointed. Lynx-tufts are desirable, tufts of hair in the ears extend beyond outer edges of ears. Ears set high on head with a very slight outward tilt. They should be placed one ear's width apart, the width extends slightly in older cats.
Eyes are large and widely set. They are slightly oval, but not almond shaped, appear round when wide open and set slightly slanted towards the outer base of the ear.
Any colour is permitted, there is no relationship between eye- and coat colour
clear eye colour is desirable. Males have a very strong muscled neck Structure of the body should be long with substantial bone structure. It is hard muscled, powerful, broad chested and large framed, all parts of the body in proportion to create a rectangular appearance. Legs are substantial, medium length to form a rectangle with the body. Paws are large, round and well tufted between the toes. Tail is at least as long as the body from shoulderblade to base of tail and wide at the base tapering to the tip; with full, flowing hair. The hair on the tail is long and always remains flowing. It has all weather coat, dense, short on head, shoulders and legs, becoming gradually longer down the back and sides, with long, full shaggy baggy trousers on the hind legs and belly fur, a frill is expected. Its texture is silky and the coat has distinct body, falling smoothly. The undercoat is soft and fine, covered by the coarse smooth outercoat.
All colour varieties are permitted, including all colour varieties with white; except pointed patterns and chocolate and lilac, cinnamon and fawn. Any amount of white is allowed, i.e. a white blaze, white locket, white chest, white on the belly, white on the paws, etc.