|Purred: Thu Apr 25, '13 3:17pm PST |
|Nope - no correlation with polydactyly and coat color! I am a red classic tabby with extra toes in the "mitten paw" configuration and Claude is a brown ticked with extra toes in the "patty paw" configuration he also has an extra on each back paw. We are Maine Coons and it is true that poly MCs are NOT accepted as breed standard, but we can be registered as MCs. So showing in rings with "standard" pawed cats is not allowed - or at least leads to disqualification.
Some of us that are owned by poly MCs are trying to get this trait accepted as part of the breed standard in the cat registries. Some strides have been made in TICA and also in CFF. In TICA we are able to show these cats in the "new traits" rings and in CFF we are exposing the polys to the judges in "Fun" rings. he judges ask questions and thoroughly inspect the cats for breed standard and then look at the paws.
It has been interesting to talk with the judges in CFF and we have found that most of them are not opposed to the poly trait - after all, at one time almost 40% of all Maine Coons were poly cats! In CFF we have submitted a breed standard for poly MCs. The standard we have written calls for the poly MC to meet the breed standard, no more than seven toes in front and six in back, the extra toes must touch the ground and be fully functional. We are hoping it will soon be accepted.
Please wish us luck!!
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