"Henley" imp US, black silver ticked tabby polydactyl boy
"Adelaide" imp Denmark, black smoke girl
"Nico" imp Denmark, black silver classic (blotched) tabby girl
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About Maine Coons
Maine Coons are what we like to call "puppy-cats". They are large, affectionate and very social cats. Our favourite features of a Maine Coon are: their wild look/expression, their gentle (and sometimes clumsy) nature, how adaptable they are and how they love being around other MC's, but also other species & animals. We've seen MC's alongside many types of friends - doggos, rabbits, birds, human kids, and of course other MC's!
They have long hair with a naturally shaggy coat (and an undercoat). It does need regular grooming to maintain. In their full winter coats, they are very luxurious. The silver colours can shed and tangle more. Their coat acts as protection from both cold and heat, and other than removing/shaving their hair for medical purposes, they can tolerate a huge range of temperatures.
Females are usually around 4-9kg, and males can reach 6-10kg ++. Although they are the largest domestic breed - please remember that it's NOT all about size, or having the biggest male.
The temperament and health should be the first and foremost consideration for anyone - pet owner or breeder. A big cat is great, but do remember that the bigger the cat, the higher the risk of hip problems and other joint issues.
Colours range from blacks and reds, tortoiseshell (mix of black / red), variations of white (often called bi-colour), and blues and creams (which are the dilute colours of the base colours, black and red). They can be solid or tabby patterned. The tabby patterns are "classic", "mackerel" or "ticked". Some have smoke (for solid patterns) or silver (for tabby patterns) - and all of our parent cats all have smoke/silver. Remember that colour should also come secondary to health and type.
They are very intelligent and some like to be trained. Some of ours play fetch! Most of them have a fascination with water. If taking them outside on a harness and lead catches your fancy, they have no problems with adapting to this, and it can be very enriching for them!
Not all of them are lap-cats, but I can guarantee that they will be your constant shadow, and all up in your business! They are extremely chatty, and they'll meow and chirp along with you if you talk to them.
Maine Coons display many and varied colours!
These are our absolute favourite colours:
Wild-look black/brown classic tabby
Medium-high silver black/blue/red mackerel tabbies
Dilute colours with blue-cream
Deep red tabbies
Low-white: gloves / socks / white blaze on chest / white chin
Special note: Colour ALWAYS comes secondary to type.
All of that said, we will be seeing black/blue/silver tabbies (ticked/classic patterns), and solid black/blue smokes.
All of our parent cats have smoke and silver - so there's a high chance of kittens displaying this too.
We are thinking about importing a red male or tortie female over the next year, which will introduce some red into our lines too - which we are very excited about!
We are fortunate enough to have found some amazing mentors.
Gitte Dahm from DK Jungle Man in Denmark: Gitte has over 14 years experience in breed & show. We are so honoured to carry on her lines with one of her amazing black smoke girls. She is extremely knowledgeable about the standard and genotype. She prides herself on being an ethical breeder, only choosing the most exquisite lines with the best type. She performs DNA screening on all her breeding cats.
There are several other trusted breeders that we work alongside who are a constant source of invaluable knowledge and experience. You know who you are - so thank you xx
DNA & Physical Health Testing
We are on the path to getting all of our parent cats thoroughly health tested for all known Maine Coon diseases and disorders.
Known disorders of the maine coon breed:
HCM - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy MYBPC3 mutation: A31P (cardiac disorder). Screened by DNA profile and echocardiogram ultrasound (echo's are every 2 years in adult cats).
SMA - Spinal Muscular Atrophy/Dystrophy (muscular disorder). Screened by DNA profile.
PKdef - Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (blood disorder). Screened by DNA profile.
FHD - Feline Hip Dysplasia - Screened by x-ray in all adult cats. Each cat will be assigned a hip score.
Radial hypoplasia - Screened by x-ray in all polydactyl adult cats.
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The DNA Profiles I choose are the extensive disease and trait tests by Orivet, UC Davis, or Langford.
This can show whether the cat is:
1. Homozygous for the disorder (they possess the disorder and pass it on to their offspring)
2. Heterozygous for the disorder (they are a carrier, but may not necessarily have the disorder themselves)
3. Completely clear for the disorder (N/N)
The tests also determine the colour and trait genetics for each cat. This shows whether they carry solid or tabby (agouti gene, dominant), blue or cream (dilution gene, recessive), silver/smoke (inhibitor gene, dominant), and polydactyly (extra toes in any combination, front and/or back paws, dominant).
Polydactylism means "many digits". Simply put, polydactyly cats have extra toes. Poly paws are a controversial mutation in the Maine Coon / feline world. Research has shown it does not cause any structural or behavioural problems if bred correctly. The gene for polydactyly is dominant. Generally if one of the parents is polydactyly, then 50% or more of their kittens will also possess this trait.
See my blog for some articles on poly paws!
There two other conditions that some people can mistake for polydactylism:
Radial hypoplasia (commonly known as a "twisty cat") is a different condition to polydactylism. It has an extremely low incidence of occurring as a result of heavily inbreeding homozygous polydactyl cats. In simple terms, the bones of the limbs are undeveloped, and/or develop with deformities. We obtain x-rays on the limbs of each of our adult poly cats to make sure there are no developmental or structural signs of radial hypoplasia. We also only breed poly-to-standard foot to further minimise any chance of structural abnormality.
Double-paw is a completely different condition to polydactylism. It is a structural mutation where the paw or limb has branched into two separate paws, or even separated further up at the elbow/knee/shoulder/hip creating another limb entirely. Both of these conditions occur during embryo development. Double-paw can create a lot of structural problems depending on the formation of the limb.
I absolutely love poly-pawed cats and think it is an endearing and interesting feature that goes way back into the early history of the Maine Coon! It's slowly being re-accepted. Indeed, poly's are able to be registered and shown in New Zealand, in the USA and in some European countries. Perhaps Australia will not be far behind.
Henley is registered legitimately as a polydactyly with GCCFSA. He cannot be shown (yet), but they do recognise this trait.
We would like to reiterate here that we'll never sacrifice a certain trait for an animal's health.
We are Rosie & Paul. Located in South Australia, and our kittens are raised within our family home.
I have written quite a long introduction. It is important for me to say these words. Feel free to scroll down until you see a heading that is relevant for you :)
We strive to be ethical breeders. All documentation can be found on each cat's page.
Health & type are the MOST important factors in our breeding program.
We have two main goals:
1. To enrich & preserve this magnificent Maine Coon breed.
2. To adopt out healthy, well socialised cats / kittens for pets that remain true to the breed standard.
3....... We have a third goal, to potentially perform a case-study on polydactyly Maine Coons over several generations into their geriatric years to look for any comorbidities or problems that may arise. I may have an opportunity to do this through The University of Adelaide as part of my studies as a Vet Tech.
This is our hobby. Not a business in the true sense of the word. We're passionate about keeping it that way.
We run on a loss, due to several factors:
1. Importation costs
2. Rigorous Health testing & vet regime that we follow for all of my cats (DNA / echo / x-ray etc)
3. Adoption price of our kittens/cats
Head over to our Kitten Page for more information on health testing.
Our beloved companion neuter is Kuro, a rescue MC x ragdoll. You can see him in the pics on the left there! Long-story-short, we fell in love with the breed, and he's the one that started it all.
Some general rambling from me (Rosie)
We haven't done this on a whim, however. This journey has been quite an emotional roller-coaster. We've had to earn our place (and still have a way to go). We respect those breeders who have been breeding and showing for years, decades even. I hope to learn as much as I can from those who are generous enough to share their time and knowledge.
We're beginning to learn how to show our cats. One of our queens began her show career in Denmark, but unfortunately, due to Covid19 she only attended 1 show before she was able to travel here. Since arriving, Nico has been learning that this is her home now and no more travelling will happen. She started out quite timid due to the huge travel time and we've been working on her handling and just being comfortable in our arms. We'd love to continue her show career here, once she is confident enough. I (Rosie) have complex-PTSD and major social anxiety, so the concept of showing is very daunting to me. I'm determined to push myself out of my comfort zone to learn the ropes. I have a few people on my side helping me along. We're not in it for the ribbons, we'd just like some experience and instruction on breed standard & type. Additionally, we hope it helps to build some trust and respect from others to know that we are putting health and type first.
We've started to show Kuro, our companion boy, and this is for experience only, as companions are judged on temperament and grooming. It's a bit of fun and just helping us 'ease' into the process.
Transparency and honesty is the BIGGEST thing for us. We are strong believers that we've all made mistakes, but our true character is shown with how we pick ourselves back up and learn from those mistakes. Actions are always louder than words.
Let me tell you about some of our past experiences which have shaped our mindset about remaining ethical breeders:
Several years ago, during a chaotic and toxic relationship, my ex-partner told me we couldn't keep my 2 beloved pet cats (which were there long before him). I was devastated and unwell (to the point of needing multiple hospitalisations over a long period of time). They did eventually get rehomed (which is certainly much better than surrendering them to a shelter/euthanised). But I will never get rid of that empty place in my heart from losing them.
Another memory... when I was a child, we had this gorgeous red long hair domestic cat. I named Tim-Tam (after the biscuits of course!) and he was a free-roaming cat, as many were back in the 1990's. Sometimes, we wouldn't see him for days, and then finally he disappeared altogether. I was absolutely heartbroken.
After those experiences, and a few others (including another beloved pet being baited, and yet another hit by a car), I promised myself that I would never have free-roaming cats again. This protects them from danger, but also protects wildlife too.
A few years later I fostered some other cats through a rescue organisation. Some had kittens in my care. I loved this so much. It was truly rewarding! Once they grew and found their furrrever homes, I was so happy for them.
Breeding and rescuing are two concepts that many believe cannot co-exist. Many rescue organisations do not tolerate breeders. A lot of hate and resentment is thrown around unfortunately. Some rescuers hold the view that breeders are contributing to the increasing numbers in shelters, and for every cat that is bought, this leaves one behind in a shelter. I disagree, and you can scroll down to read my thoughts on this concept in more detail (particularly on backyard breeders and TNR "trap-neuter-return" programs), or you can head over to my blog. I believe that breeding and rescuing CAN happen alongside each other, but only if it's done the right way.
I do expect some resistance to my ideas, as breeding and rescuing are poles apart right now. A good friend reminded me that nothing good ever came out of standing still, and I have the opportunity now to do something I'm passionate about!
I'm studying to become a Veterinary Technician at the University of Adelaide. I've also been invited to participate in the PawPeds PawAcademy G1 course (which I will complete when some crazy family things settle). I'm taking steps to realising my dream of being an ethical and responsible breeder and rescuer. I'm also really interested in developing a companion animal program for kids and teens who have experienced domestic violence, bullying, or mental health/developmental issues.
My ultimate end-goal is to work as a vet tech in the southern suburbs alongside others who have similar ideals and mindset. I want to provide rescue animals with a safe haven on their way to finding furrever homes. I'm also passionate about providing affordable vet care, early and cheap desexing programs, and education on balanced raw feeding (and finding commercial alternatives which are healthy). This is my view as of March 2021, and I'm open to my ideas evolving and changing as I research and learn more.
So we've gone through an extremely steep learning curve in terms of breeding. At the start of this journey, we didn't have much success locally (within Australia), so we decided to look overseas to import our first cats. This involved a lot of risk (and panic attacks!), and unfortunately, like most breeders, we've lost a lot.
This heartache does not come without joy though! As a result we've also gained some truly valuable experience. We're grateful for our mistakes. We have grown, in leaps and bounds. Most importantly, we're happy.
We have handpicked our imports, and they were absolutely the best cats that were available to us at the time.
Back Yard Breeders (BYB) / Rescuing
WE DO NOT SUPPORT BACKYARD BREEDERS (BYB) or kitten mills of any type or kind. These "breeders" do it for the money, and often sell their animals sickly, weak, inbred and overbred.
There is a mass wave on social media at the moment which states "adopt don't shop".
Consider this hypothetical situation: imagine a world where the "adopt don't shop" movement shut down every single breeder on the planet - both backyard breeders AND reputable breeders.
We'd get on top of the shelter problem in 15 or 20 years, right?
But.... then where will anyone get a companion or working animal from then? It would simultaneously wipe out the shelter problem and years and years worth of well-bred purebreds with selective breeding to avoid health issues and predictable temperaments.
Some people also say that if you spend money on a pedigree animal (cat, dog, or otherwise) this leaves other animals behind at shelters that could have been saved. I don't think this concept addresses the underlying source of the problem.
WHY are there animals in shelters to begin with?! They are surrendered due to many factors: behavioural and health problems from backyard breeding, they got sick of their animal because it grew up and "wasn't cute anymore", poorly educated owners who weren't aware of a certain breed characteristics, a change in circumstances such as moving house and their next home doesn't allow a pet... the list goes on.
We believe that EDUCATION AND EARLY SPAY & NEUTER (ESN) PROGRAMS are the key to getting to the root of the problem.
See my early blog posts to read more about my view on this. I'm very open to talking about it. If you have an issue with my views, please come and talk to me.
Recent legislation changes to South Australia stipulate that you cannot possess an undesexed animal unless you are a registered breeder. Further to this, if you claim to be a registered responsible breeder, you have a choice to abide by ethical breeding standards as outlined by the Dog and Cat Management Board, or risk having your registration stripped, disciplinary action against you, and your reputation tarnished.
Also, you can no longer sell or advertise any animal on social media or websites like Gumtree for free (Craigslist for our international friends) or if you do not have a registration number. This has really cut down on the number of people taking in stray animals, breeding them haphazardly or even just accidentally, and creating a never-ending wave of strays and irresponsible humans.
Stray cat colonies are being managed by trap, neuter, return (TNR) programs. Many of these cats are looked after and fed by locals in the community, and if we prevent them from breeding further, they go on to live happy lives. This TNR program also run by many rescues is extremely effective in reducing the amount of strays and unwanted litters.
The RSPCA and AWL have released a Cat Management Plan for South Australia (Nov 2019) which you an access here. Our state is lagging way behind the rest of the country in terms of legislation and management of our "cat crisis". It's an interesting read, and certainly needs developing. The local Councils need to come on board, and a single set of rules need to be developed and enforced. Responsible dog ownership is quite widely accepted within the community, and we really need to begin fostering this culture with cats too.
Some other thoughts:
People have also asked me how to screen for a BYB... Always ask to see paperwork, visit their home/cattery if you are local, or ask for pictures/videos if you live further away (or across the other side of the world!) If the breeder is secretive or evasive, this is a big red flag for dishonesty and it will show immediately. They probably won't allow you to see where their animals are raised. If they are cagey about providing paperwork, this is a huge red flag. We encourage you to ask a ton of questions, and if you don't get forthcoming answers, it's probably a good idea to find another breeder. If you do happen to witness anyone who raises animals in less-than-satisfactory living conditions, please report them to your local RSPCA.
Also, just another note: if a breeder doesn't allow you into their home, this is not necessarily a red-flag itself. They may be wanting to protect their animals from disease transmission/infection. However, they should offer an alternative, such as a live video stream or regular pictures. In this case, there should be no issues.
You don't have to get a cat from us, but we do encourage you to seek this information from any breeder you choose to go with.
Mental Health Awareness
Something I'd personally like to touch on... I think it is something a lot of people can relate to. I've suffered for many years with mental health issues. I'm a big advocate for talking about it and being open, because at one point I almost died when I felt like couldn't speak out or ask for help. I don't want anyone else to have to feel alone or isolated.
I have major depressive disorder, social and generalised anxiety disorder, complex-post traumatic stress disorder, and at times of high stress I also get auditory hallucinations. All of these issues were complicated by severe post-natal depression when my son was born (requiring months of hospitalisation, medications, and electroconvulsive therapy). Things got so bad that I attempted to take my own life in 2012 and I was in a coma for 40 hours in ICU on life-support. The one consistent in my life has been my animals. I grew up with both dogs and cats, I've fostered newborn kittens, and cats old and young, and in my lowest moments my animals have given me unconditional love and loyalty.
Five years ago, I would have never thought we could achieve this dream. I have a long and complicated history filled with heartache, trauma, and things I'd rather not remember. All of our animals are so important to my recovery.
My inbox is always open if you'd like to reach out. I never want anyone else to feel as dark and lonely as I did.
I'm (Rosie) an ex-industrial paramedic. Previously I used to work FIFO onshore oil and gas rigs in remote South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. Recently, I made the huge decision to return to full time study at The University of Adelaide to begin a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Roseworthy Campus. I'll have a whole new set of patients now and I am so excited to start this new chapter in my life! I'm currently in Second Year (of three years).
Paul is my partner, and whilst he doesn't appear so much publicly on this page or social media, he is just as invested! Paul is my rock. He works steadfastly in the background to make sure our home runs like clockwork. He also works FIFO, so when he is home, he gives 150% to our crazy human & animal family.
Spencer is my son (Paul's step son). He is 10 years old and loves animals, reading, pokemon, and riding his bike. He lives with us some of the time, and the rest of the time, he lives with his dad. Spence is really valuable to our breeding program. He is the one that helps with handling and socialising the babies. He is there from day-one and making sure that they're comfortable around little humans. You'll often find Spence with his pet Stimson Python "Anna" around his shoulders, and a cat in his arms. The babies grow up around a reptile as well! Whilst Spencer is usually a typical rough & tumble boy, he has the biggest heart.
We have a dog, Ziggy. He's a German Shepherd x Australian blue cattle dog. He's been brought up around our cats (and snake) since he was 9 weeks old. Ziggy is also a bit extra-special, as he is training to become my PTSD service dog (aka assistance dog). Ziggy had a sister called Asher, she was his littermate. Unfortunately we lost her in late 2020. She's now running free up on the rainbow bridge.
The kitty that started all of this is Kuro. He is our rescue Maine Coon x Ragdoll (as a result of unethical breeding). I think he carries the best of both breeds. He is extremely affectionate and laid back. Nothing phases him, whether it's dogs, other cats, car rides, vet visits, or even walking down on the beach on his harness. In the past, I've fostered pregnant mama cats, and their babies have been born in our home. Kuro is the perfect foster daddy. He adores the babies, cleaning and playing with them... and even allowing them to "suckle" him sometimes.
We live in Maslin Beach, South Australia. Our home looks out onto a reserve with kangaroos and wild rabbits, and is only 1km from the best beach in SA.
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Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
Rosie & Paul ♡