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BREED COMPARISON

Maine Coon

Norwegian Forest Cat

Siberian

HEAD

Shape

Broad modified wedge Triangular with straight lines Broad, modified wedge with gentle rounded contours

Size

Medium In proportion to body size Large, impressive 

Frontal Skull/Forehead

Gentle curve Flat Slightly curved

Profile

Gentle concave slope. Allow for a slight bump at the end Straight from top of forehead (brow) to tip of the nose. No break Top of head is flat; forehead is slightly curved. Nose has a slight curvature and the lower portion to the tip of the nose is slightly concave rather than straight

Cheekbones

High, prominent. Distinct stop can be felt under cheekbones Not mentioned Not pronounced

Muzzle

Square Following the line of the triangular head with no evidence of pinch or snippiness. Rounded; moderately long
EARS

Size

Large Medium to Large Medium to Large

Placement

Close together Continuation of triangle 1 to 1-1/2 ear widths apart

Shape

Wide at base. Lower base set just slightly further back than upper base. Moderately
pointed.
Wide at base; slightly rounded at tip Wide at base with rounded tips

Furnishings

Extend horizontally beyond the outer edge of the ear Extending beyond outer edge of the ear Long from middle of ear; covering base of ear completely

Lynx Tips

Extend vertically from the top back of the ear Desirable Desirable
EYES

Shape

Slightly oval, appear round when wide open Moderately large, almond shape Large, almost round

Placement

Wide set Medium-wide set Wide set
Neck

Shape/Size

 Sturdy Heavy musculature Rounded; well-muscled; substantial; thick

Length

Medium-long Medium Medium-long
Body

Shape

Rectangular, but not slender Sturdy, considerable girth. Males large and
imposing, allowance should be made for females, as they can be considerably smaller than
males.
Substantial; back slightly curved or arched.

Length

Long Moderate Moderately long

Size

Large Males large and
imposing
Not given

Musculature

Substantial and powerful Substantial and powerful Substantial

Bone Structure

Substantial Substantial Large

Chest

Broad chest Full chest  Well-rounded

Hips

Not mentioned Not mentioned Substantial
TAIL

Shape

Wide at base and tapering to tip with full, flowing hair Wide at base, tapering to end. Bushy Wide at base, blunt at tip. Even and thick long hairs drape down from top side of tail

Length

At least as long as the body from shoulders to base of tail. As long as the body Medium in length
LEGS

Length

Medium to form a rectangle with the body Medium to long, in proportion to body Moderately long

Hind legs

Not mentioned Hind legs longer than front Slightly longer than front legs; not noticeable when cat is in motion.

Bone Structure

Substantial Heavy  Heavy

Musculature

Substantial Heavily muscled thighs; substantial lower legs Substantial
FEET

Shape

Round Round Round.

Size

Large Large Large

Toe Tufts

Well-tufted Well-tufted Desirable
COAT

Length

Uneven; shorter on shoulders, gradually lengthening, long shaggy
britches and belly fur
Uneven Moderately long to longhaired

Texture

All-weather coat. Coat has distinct body, falling smoothly along body Coarse The coat gives the impression of lacquer and oil when
ungroomed

Density

Slight undercoat Double coat with a feeling of heaviness and depth covered by water repellent
guard hairs.
Tight undercoat, thicker in cold weather

Miscellaneous

Falling smoothly along body The type and quality of the coat is of primary importance, color and pattern
of coat secondary
Hair on the shoulder blades and
lower part of the chest being thick and slightly shorter

Ruff

Frontal ruff Full ruff is not expected but should be a frontal ruff beginning at the base of the ears Abundant
COLOR
Not mentioned
5 points
The type and quality of the coat is of primary importance, color and pattern
of coat secondary
5 points
Clear strong colors and patterns desirable,
but are secondary to type
10 points

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