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PolyStandard is a worldwide group dedicated to bringing the Maine Coon polydactyl into the Championship Show Ring, along side their standard-footed brothers and sisters.  We invite all like-minded breeders, fanciers and MC poly lovers to join our group.  If you would like to join our Yahoo Message Group and learn more, please feel free to click on the link below to join.

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In April of 2014 members of PolyStandard submitted an Application to TICA for Advancement of a New Trait (polydactylism) to Championship Status. This required a Breed Standard change and was then addressed by the members of the TICA Maine Coon Breed section with a poll of members during the summer of 2014. This was 3rd try for PolyStandard and the poly Breeders and Fanciers.  This time we were SUCCESSFUL!  The old saying that "Third time is a charm" certainly was the truth in this case.   But unfortunately the final step is for the TICA Board of Directors to ratify the Breed Section's vote.  Normally this is not a problem and just a formality for acceptance of the Maine Coon polydactly into the Championship Ring.  But after the successful Breed Section vote, the Maine Coon Breed Committee elected by these same members turned on the Section and twisted the arm of the Board to refuse the acceptance application.  A convoluted counter proposal by the Breed Committee suggested the Maine Coon Breed section compromise with the group minority and remove the polydactyl portion (estimated at 15% of the entire Breed now) from the Maine Coon Breed  and show the polys in their own ring.  But before this could possibly take place, the Board has proposed new rules that would prevent this and rules that will prevent them returning to the New Traits exhibition are also being  requested.  If these rules are passed then likely The Maine Coon polydactyl will be removed from the Maine Coon Breed in TICA and will not be allowed to show anywhere.  Similar actions are being taken with other Breeds as well, under the vague definition of "structural mutations" that may cause problems or pain in the future.  Hopefully TICA Board and its Breed Committees for the affected Breeds see the error of their ways before forcing Show people and their cats out of TICA.  The financial fallout would be devastating.  

A copy of our Rationale for submitting this year's  Application with supporting documentation can be viewed by clicking HERE!

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