Example of extreme Maine Coon breeding (comparison)
Here is a simple montage of two Maine Coons. The first is what I'd call extreme breeding with a huge muzzle and ears. And the head is massive as is the whole cat. The second shows a British Maine Coon (male) cat show winner: "Best Opposite Sex in Show was Ellie & Lisa Aggett's Male Adult, IGrCh ISADORYOU I-HAVE-A -DREAM (MCO d 22)" - the title is verbatim from the GCCF website. I think the image tells the story that I wish to tell. I am not passing judgement. It is just an observation. The extreme bred Maine Coon is gaining traction i.e. becoming more popular with adopters.
|Comparison of extreme bred Maine Coon and UK version. Photo below: GCCF.|
In the old days you would never have seen a single cat like the one you see here which is bred to extreme. These are a new invention in an ever more competitive market place. The tend to come from Russian breeders. Are they exclusively from Russia? Probably. I don't think you'll see them in America.
For completeness here is a picture of an early Maine Coon for a further comparison:
How times have changed! The muzzle of the 1903 cat is very standard. In fact the whole cat is indistinguishable from a ragular moggy. I prefer the 1903 cat personally. More normal. I like normality. It is better for the cat too as extreme breeding cat lead to health issues.