#1 Tip: Go to several shows and meet the breeders. Watch, Listen and Learn! There is so much more to showing and breeding than you could ever imagine, and you will learn this as you become more involved with the breed.
#2 Tip: Start showing an altered Maine Coon.
#3 Tip: After you have decided you want to start breeding, learn the pedigree of the kitten you plan to breed . Producing healthy kittens should be your number one priority. Do a Mate Testing in the Maine Coon Database to see if this Maine Coon will help to lower its kittens' COIs. It is possible that lower COIs can help to aid in the health of the breed.
#4 Tip: Find a good Mentor. Someone who has been through it all and can share their experience and help you to not make the same mistakes. As my Mentor tells me "it only takes one time to learn a lesson."
#5 Tip: Have your cat tested regularly for HCM and HD. There are also other screenings which may be required. Your vet can advise you in this area. The breeder you acquire your kitten from, should be the one to advise you, if further testing is required, as they know their pedigree and its background. If they are unable or unwilling to furnish you this information, I would suggest purchasing from another breeder.
I have listed a few Breeder friends with Excellent Reputations. To visit their website, please click on the spinning icon.
Foundation Breeders and Show Lines
Carol Pedley Phyllis Tobias
Le Beau Minu Maine Coons Kumskaka Maine Coons
(Maine) (Florida) +Fdn
Marga Harms Rose Spillman Stella
(The Netherlands) (Website changed ) Mystic-Isle Maine Coons RP Cathouse Maine Coons
Shanna Cattery + Fdn (Maryland) (Maryland)
Links of Interest
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