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Is there a type of breed that is like a Maine Coon but miniature?! This is the only way I can describe my cat which I got from a rescue centre. She has the long bushy tail, the short, thick fur on the head which gets thicker and fluffier for the rest of her body, the ruff around the neck, croons rather than purrs as well as exhibiting typical behaviors of MC's.
She's a great cat, and I'm really not bothered about her being a pure breed, but it seems a bit mean to refer to her as a shrunken MC if I'm doing her a disservice!!!
Many thanks

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Angie,

The Maine Coon is one of three pedigreed Forest cats, the other two being the Norwegian Forest Cat and the Siberian.  They all have very heavy bone relative to their size, semi-long fur, good depth to their chests.

The basics for these cats are all in the feral population, so over the 1,000 years or so that these cats have been around, there has been much intermingling in the feral population producing a number of variations on a theme with respect to size, pattern, and overall body type. In particular your girl sounds to be one of these variations.

She sounds to me like a domestic semi-longhair.

You might want to look up pictures of all three breeds to see what she appears to be closest to.

See:

http://www.cfa.org/client/breedMaineCoon.aspx

http://www.cfa.org/client/breedNorwegianForest.aspx

http://www.cfa.org/client/breedSiberian.aspx

Best regards... Norm.  

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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