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post #31 of 44
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Awww. Thanks so much everyone!!!

GoldenKitty, so you're sure he's a Maine Coon, it's really nice to think of that. Now I can prove to my dad that he's special!!!! He'll always be so special to me whatever breed or not-breed he is.

Maybe when there's a cat show nearby I'll enter him in the pet quality category.

Rang, your cat is really handsome.
post #32 of 44
I was reading through this thread, and I wanted to add something. He really looks like he could be mainecoon, but I noticed he doesn't have the tufted feet, which as far as I know was a very true point of a mainecoon. The only reason I know this is because of our sweet Layla. We had suspicions about what her breed was mixed with, and when she got a little bit older, I actually contacted a breeder who told me that she indeed looked to be a brown mackeral tabby/mainecoon mix. She's just now a year, and as was stated, she's not going to be her full size for another few years, depending on how prominent the mainecoon breed is in her. I'll post some pictures. She doesn't have the tuft on her chest like they normally do, but she has the ears and feet going on.




Because of her, I did a lot of research on Mainecoon's, and similar breed's, and I wanted to offer this. He's totally gorgeous, but to me, he looks more like a Norweign Forest Cat, than a Mainecoon. I may be wrong, but just something you could look into if you want to try to pinpoint what breed he could be mixed with. Since you don't know, it's hard to say he is purebred of anything without papers, which I am sure you know, and have already been told, but it's always nice to say "Hey, I have a .... mix!"
post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Looking at your cat Rang, I don't see MCC but I do see a lot of resemblance to NFC.
You know someone once said to me he could be NFC, but what is the difference between the 2? Not that it matters I love him no matter what breeds are in his history after all he's my sweet bean. (He is very good at playing fetch, he actually catches the ball in mid air puts it in his mouth & still lands on his feet)
post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by Rang_27
You know someone once said to me he could be NFC, but what is the difference between the 2? Not that it matters I love him no matter what breeds are in his history after all he's my sweet bean. (He is very good at playing fetch, he actually catches the ball in mid air puts it in his mouth & still lands on his feet)
Ha, Layla does that too
post #35 of 44
Not really a lot of difference, the eye placement and shape, and where the ears are carried on the head.

heidrun has a very stunning example of an NFC in this post
post #36 of 44
Here's some differences from showing. Then compare some of the things to your cat and see which one he resembles most (I still say more MC).

Maine Coon: Long, rectangle shaped body, heavier boning in legs. Head is more of a squared muzzle shape and large ears.

NFC: More of a barrel shaped body. Head is more triangle with less muzzle break. Ears are a little shorter then on a MC.

Also, here's CFA's link to both breeds and descriptions.

MCC:
http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/maine.html

http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/standards/maine.html


NFC:
http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/norwegian.html

http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/standards/norwegian.html
post #37 of 44
I'm usually pretty quick to discount a purebreed to a domestic but in this case... I also think this is a purebreed. Like GoldenKitty said silver is pretty rare in mixed breeds. There is a complete lack of ear tufts which makes me question the MC, which might have at least tiny ones. Also did you say the body does not feel substantial? But then again I've heard of small pet quality MC's before.

I think I would lean closer to the Norwegian Forest Cat or the Siberian. Unfortunately my opinion matters little as I do not know these breeds very well. I've seen quite a few Siberians, lots of MC's, and not many NFC's. I've not had much opportunity to feel the body and study type though.
post #38 of 44
Check out this picture of a silver Mackerel Siberian:
http://www.du-palais-d-hiver.de/webs...n-englisch.htm

I dont' know that muzzle/chin seems more MC than Siberian though..
post #39 of 44
Aren't Siberians another spontaneous breed?

All of these cats are simply gorgeous!
I do have an NFC, but she has BYB and inbreeding in her background, definitely not an example of her breed.
post #40 of 44
JC is MC moggy and he has the typical features, incl. tufted ears & paws, big eyes that are positioned in a slant:
and this is his favorite use for those tufted feet - SNOWSHOES
post #41 of 44
Thread Starter 
Your cat is so beautiful!!
post #42 of 44
he is gorgeous but is not a MC imo. The ears & feet are "off". We just got two MC's, so I have a rough idea of what they should look like
post #43 of 44
Some of you fail to realize that some PET quality MC's won't have ear tufts or toe tufts. Nothing wrong with the cat - just not show quality. I've seen MC's from breeders that lacked it and these are from champion bloodlines. So its very possible this is a MC.

Same thing for cornish rex. Out of all my rexes I bred I only had ONE that was a true pet quality - it had everything wrong - short ears, round face, short body and no waves BUT it was still a rex and went to a pet home with people who didn't care that it didn't look like a typical rex.

Genetics are funny - sometimes you wind up with all the negative traits in a cat instead of the quality ones.
post #44 of 44
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It still seems pretty unlikely that he's a pure-bred Maine Coon, since he wasn't sold as one. But could he possibly be a throwback, like having pure-bred Maine Coon grandparents? (I just learned about throwbacks in science today ) And then he would look so much like a Maine Coon.
By tufts on the ears, are they those little pointy bits of fur sticking off the top? Cierron doesn't have them, but his ears are pretty fluffy!!
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