MCO Standards



The Maine Coon standard (Fife)



HEAD (40)
	25 .. General shape, shape of nose, cheeks and muzzle, jaw and teeth , forehead, chin	
	10 .. Ears	
	05 .. Eyes	
BODY (35)
	25 .. Shape, size, bonestructure, legs, shape of paws	
	10 .. Shape and length of tail	   
COAT (20)
	10 .. Shape, size, bonestructure, legs, shape of paws	
	10 .. Shape and length of tail
General Appearance: 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 flowing tail. Good muscle tone and density give the cat the appearance of power and robustness.
Size: Medium to large
Shape: Medium in size, square outline. Profile with a gentle concave slope.
Head Forehead: Gently curved
Cheeks: Cheekbones high and prominent 
Face, Nose, Muzzle: Face and nose of medium length with a square outline of the muzzle. 
Distinct transition can be felt between muzzle and cheekbones. 
Chin: Firm, in vertical alignment with nose and upperlip
Ears Shape: Large, wide at the base. Moderately pointed. 
Lynx tufts are desirable. Tufts of hair in the ears extend beyond outer edges of ears.
Placement: Set high on head with a very slight outward tilt. Ears should be placed one ear's width apart. The width extends slightly in older cats. Lower base set just slightly further back than upper base.
Eyes Shape: Large and widely set. 
Slightly oval, but not almond shaped, appear round when wide open. Set slightly slanted towards the outer base of the ear.
Colour: Any colour is permitted. There is no relationship between eye- and coatcolour. 
Clear eye colour is desirable.
Neck Neck: Males have a very strong muscled neck
Body Structure: The body should be long, substantial bone structure.Hard muscled, powerful, broad chested. Large framed, all parts of the body in proportion to create a rectangular appearance.
Legs Legs: Substantial, medium length to form a rectangle with the body
Paws Large, round and well tufted between the toes
Tail Tail At least als long as the body from shouderblade to base of tail.Wide at the base tapering to the tip, with full flowing hair. The hair on the tail is long and always remains flowing.
Coat Structure 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. Texture silky. Coat has distinct body, falling smoothly. The undercoat is soft and fine, covered by the coarse smooth outercoat.
Colour All colours are acceptable except pointed patterns, the colours chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, fawn, and the burmese factors. Any amount of white is permitted.
Condition Condition The Maine Coon should always be in good balance, condition and proportion.
  • Type must always take preference over colour.
  • Very slow maturing of the breed should be taken into account.
  • Mature males may have larger and broader heads than females.
  • Females are proportionally smaller than males.Allowance must be made for this significant difference in size.
  • Length of coat and density of undercoat vary with the seasons.


Faults: General Unbalanced proportions. Overall small cat
Head: Round head. Straight or convex profile
Nose: Nose break
Muzzle: Pronounced whisker pads. Round or pointed muzzle
Chin: Undershot chin
Ears: Wide set, flared ears
Eyes: Slanted, almond shaped eyes
Body: Fine,light bone structure. Short cobby body
Legs: Long stilty legs
Tail: Short tail
Coat: Lack of belly shag. Coat of overall even length. Lack of any undercoat