The United Maine Coon Cat Association (UMCCA), a Maine
Coon breed club affiliated with the
Cat Fanciers' Federation
(CFF), was founded to protect the Maine Coon Cat and to
promote it responsibly. Every member agrees to abide by
several principles, which are the cornerstone of our
Promotion of the Maine Coon Cat.
Protection of the Maine Coon Cat from
obliteration or distortion of any of its
Promotion and encouragement of closer harmony
and exchange of information among breeders and
owners of Maine Coon Cats.
Encouragement of selective breeding toward the
standard of perfection, "without hybridization
involving other breeds."
Provision of a
CFF breed club for the consideration of all
proposals relating to all competition classes
and colors of the Maine Coon Cat breed.
CFF accepted the
Maine Coon Cat for championship competition in March, 1971.
At that time, there were nine purebred cat registry
associations in North America, and each of them had a
somewhat different standard describing how the ideal Maine
Coon Cat should look.
During the latter half of 1972, Maine Coon breeders from
around the country participated in the formulation of a
"unified standard" -- a standard that they hoped would
preserve the natural features of these native cats and
forestall the development of any trends toward extremes in
conformation. This standard was accepted by a majority vote
of the participants, who then agreed to work for the
acceptance of the unified standard within their respective
The United Maine Coon Cat Association (UMCCA), CFF's
Maine Coon breed club, was founded at the end of 1972. Since
many of the early Maine Coons were registered with CFF, our
first task as a breed club was to seek the adoption of the
unified standard as the Maine Coon standard for CFF.
For more than 30 years, our members have strived to
preserve the robust health and natural beauty of the
original Maine Coons. While our primary focus is the
protection and preservation of the Maine Coon Cat, we are
also active participants in the Federation. We have
sponsored rings at many shows over the years, and in recent
years have put on several shows of our own.
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