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I have a question but I don't know where to put it!! If I ask it here will someone put it in the right place for me? It would be appreciated.

I would like to ask a question about my kitty, I don't have any pics yet but will put some up when bf home as I don't know how to do it!!!
Anyway, I got Alan from a rescue centre and I would just like to know if there is a way to tell what breed or mix breed he is? He has long hair, not so obvious at mo as he is only 6 1/2 months old and its spring, but you can see all the whispy long hair thats there. He is also really fluffy, with lots and lots of fur. I looked at the maine coon info and he has very similar characteristics, he is also going to be quite big judging on the size of his paws. Is there a way I can tell? What other types of long hair are there? He is really ginger too, gorgeous little man!!!

Would love to be able to work out if he has maine coon in him or not!!
post #2 of 7
Without a pedigree its impossible. But he could have maine coon in the background from your description. I'd just call him a maine coon mix or a domestic longhair.

There is no real way of telling without papers or knowing exactly who the mother/father are

BTW the proper term for the color is "red tabby" - can't wait to see pics - reds are one of my fav colors in cats.

Other longhairs are persian, norweigian forest cats (cousin to the maine coons), turkish angora, ragdoll are a few examples.
post #3 of 7
There's no way to tell at all unless he has papers and a pedigree, or unless you know one of his parents and they have papers. The vast majority of cats are not any particular breed, they are either 'Domestic Shorthair' or 'Domestic Longhair'.

However Maine Coons are very very popular in the UK and there are a lot of breeders, so it wouldn't surprise me too much if some domestic longhairs have a little Maine Coon in their history somewhere!

There is a beautiful photo of a purebred red tabby Maine Coon with gorgeous ear tufts on the GCCF website here
post #4 of 7
There getting closer and closer with genetic testing. Wouldn't it be great to be able to test and know what genes your cat is made of...*dreaming"

Australia has ChromaGene testing for Coat Color Prediction in dogs and UD Davis is working on maping cat coat colors.

If anyone reading has cats with unusual colors, such as goldens or carmels they want you. Also cats that are dominant white, hearing and non-hearing, they need you to join their research.http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/Fa...ites/color.htm
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Hehehe, that would be great. After further research I think that Alan is a domestic longhair, a very gorgoeus one too!! He just doesn't look so much Maine Coon, but his personality is the same and the noises that he makes. The little trill when he enters the room, sooooo cute!!!
post #6 of 7
Hi there
I'm Chrissy from Lancashire.
The bad news is, if you got your puss from a rescue centre it is very unlikely you will be able to find out the breeding that he has come from. I breed Persians and they are all totally indoors cats. If a longhaired cat was to be let outdoors it could mate with any old tom, dick or harry so chances are your pet could be a combination of anything. However, saying that does it really matter at the end of the day, I am sure you will have an affectionate lifelong companion there, who will love you to bits. Have fun together
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Hi, i'm Gemma and I live near Nottingham at the mo!!
Yeah, I'm not bothered about his breed really, I knew from the rescue place that I wouldn't know. I had just been reading up on Maine Coons and I was surprised at how similar his personality is!! Bless him, he is definatelt the right kitty for me though, i am sure of that!!
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