American vs. European Maine Coons
Upon becoming a breeder of Maine Coons, you have to decide what "look" you're going to breed, and pursue that look. What lines you want to extend, and which Pedigrees appeal the most to you. This is where you may start your search for your breeding cats. Once you begin your search, you may find some variances in the way the Coonies look.
While all Maine Coons are known for their large size, big bone structures, shaggy coats, and long tails, there's indeed a unique look that each cattery adopts into their program. And this comes from the lines that are being used to breed the kittens.
For my breeding program, I've chosen to adopt and develop the European lines of Maine Coons. The Europeans have a more "feral" or "wild" look about them, while Americans look a little softer. You may also see taller ears, bigger ear tufts (lynx tips) and extra long, bushy tails in the European lines. High cheekbones and big, square muzzles are another distinct difference in the European lines of Maine Coons.
At first, you may not notice that one Coonie looks different from the next, but once you start observing the fine details of this magnificent breed, you'll soon be able to spot a European Maine Coon.
Below you'll see a few examples of European Maine Coons from OtiCami European Maine Coons a breeder in China who also specializes in European lines. His photographs are an excellent example of what you can expect when you adopt European Maine Coons. He has such awesome cats, and his photography is impeccable! Here are a couple of kittens from OtiCami Maine Coon Cattery. Just remarkable!
Sassy Koonz specializes and focuses on 100% European Maine Coons
This means that every cat that is selected for the breeding program will have European blood lines, and that very majestic European look that you love. Most, if not all of the parents will be imported from Europe, or be offspring from our European parents. If that's the look that you love in a Maine Coon, be sure to get added to our kitten announcement list, and be the first to know when European Maine Coon kittens are available. Or, if you prefer, you can learn How to Import your own Maine Coon Kitten from Europe.
Do you think European Maine Coons are drop dead gorgeous? Have a peek at some of our Caturday pics.