Over the years, a small number of Maine Coon breeders kept the trait alive in their breeding programs. Between 2001 to 2004, these breeders started to organize and realized there were others across the globe that shared their desire to maintain polydactyly in the Maine Coon breed. In 2005, a concentrated effort to introduce the trait to the show ring began. Polydactyl Maine Coons were entered into the New Traits division in TICA. The process of education and exposure was started.
The New Zeeland Cat Fancy (NZCF) made history when they became the first to change the Maine Coon Breed Standard to accept polydactyl Maine Coons in the show hall. They may compete for Championship status along with the regular pawed Maine Coon cats since 2008.
In TICA, a worldwide cat organization, polydactyl Maine Coons were shown in the New Traits Class since 2005. After applying for acceptance to full Championship status several times the Maine Coon Polydactyl, as part of the Maine Coon breed group (MC/MCP), was accepted into Championship beginning May 1, 2015.
In CFF the Maine Coon Cat Poly, as part of the Maine Coon breed group, were able to be shown in Championship since May 1, 2015 as well.
In CFA polydactyl Maine Coons are shown as neuters in the household pet category.
In Europe a different cat organization called FIFé has unfortunately banned the polys from breeding and showing since 2014… even though for many years they gave out pedigrees to polydactyl Maine Coons and it was tolerated to show them as well but not for competition.
At this moment there are several other registries working on accepting MC Polys into Championship status.
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