CFA versus TICA breed standard for Maine Coon coat

As you might expect the breed standards of the CFA and TICA for the Maine Coon (MC) coat are similar. There is a difference which perhaps helps to produce a difference in the appearance of these cats depending on which association the individual cat is registered with. The CFA MC coat should be 'silky'. 

Jan Horlick's "Just Blue" Maine Coon, photographed against our "Charcoal" background at TICA's Evergreen Cat Fanciers cat show, Ferndale, WA, October 2015
Jan Horlick's "Just Blue" Maine Coon, photographed against our "Charcoal" background at TICA's Evergreen Cat Fanciers cat show, Ferndale, WA, October 2015. Photo: copyright Helmi Flick.

There is no mention of this refinement in TICA breed standard. I think that you'll find that CFA Maine Coons tend to be less shaggy than TICA ones. They are a bit prettier perhaps and less rooted to their origins which is as barn cats in the state of Maine. 

I wrote about this years ago and if it interests you please click here to read a sequence of several pages on the topic.


Here is a comparison of the CFA and TICA breed standards for the coat of the Maine Coon:

Here is a comparison of the CFA and TICA breed standards for the Maine Coon
Here is a comparison of the CFA and TICA breed standards for the coat of the Maine Coon.

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