Picture of an unusual, large, dark mackerel tabby male cat

This cat is described as a Maine Coon but the coat and ears are all wrong. The coat should be shaggy not like this: tight and smooth. The face is ‘Maine Coonish’ but also not right. The muzzle is good in terms of the breed standard as it is large and square. This leads me to believe that this is a Maine Coon that’s gone wrong in some ways and well in other ways. I don’t think this is a Maine Coon but I could be wrong. It goes to show that it is not a great idea to decide on a cat breed from appearance alone as sometimes purebred cats are non-typical for the breed because their selective breeding has not been in compliance with the breed standard. The biggest weakness for this cat, if he is meant to be a Maine Coon, is that the coat is too short, there is no ruff and no lynx-tipped ears. The ears should be larger too.

Stunning black mackerel tabby male cat
Stunning black mackerel tabby male cat. Photo in public domain.
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The pattern is amazing: a very dark mackerel tabby. An eye-catching appearance. If this is a random bred cat i.e. a moggy, he is an amazing individual. I find it hard to believe that he is a moggy. He looks too glamorous and special. But he does not match any breed in terms of appearance. Not to the best of my knowledge anyway. He may be a random bred show cat. You can show random bred cats at cat shows and some of them are very attractive and quite special. Comments are welcome.

Here are some pictures of genuine Maine Coon kittens:

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