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Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by Jade123456, May 29, 2018.


  1. Jade123456

    Jade123456 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I have considering becoming a cat breeder for many years. I’ve done tons of research.

    But would love to hear from some experience breeder on your experiences. Where to start?

    Thanks
    Xx
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    What breed are you thinking?
     
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    Jade123456 PetForums Newbie

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    I have most knowledge of Maine coon and BLH.
    I had Maine coon from a early age my mum never bred them they where only pets.
    I have my beauty pearl she is British Long haired. But she is my bestie and also on the non active register so no plans to breed her.

    Xx
     

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    gskinner123 PetForums VIP

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    If you haven't already, how about showing Pearl? Going to shows is a brilliant way of meeting breeders, getting to know people and developing an understanding of your chosen breed. I know we see some BSH/BLH at TICA shows but there are generally far more at GCCF shows.
     
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    Jade123456 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you honestly I have never been to cat show! Are they common? I will google them xx
     
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    spotty cats PetForums VIP

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    I recommend showing a neuter for several years before thinking about breeding.
    Meet breeders, network, find some mentors, learn all you can about the standard and what you’re wanting to breed for.
     
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    I'm a new Maine Coon breeder, and I show regularly.

    Best advice I can give is show first, for a few reasons:
    • Understanding the breed standard - there is huge difference between different lines, as well as differences between UK and EU lines
    • Networking and reputation - you will be expected by the MC community to prove your dedication to the breed and your desire to work with the breed to improve it
    • Experience in the breed - whilst a very laid back breed they do require a fair bit of maintenance with grooming, and many have sensitive tummies. They also have huge personalities
    • Mentor - showing is the best way to find a mentor
    Definitely get along to a show, the Maine Coon Cat Club show is Sat 30th June in Tamworth, West Midlands (address here). The closing date has now passed, but there will be loads of MC breeders there (including myself) and it's a great place to start if you want to get into MCs.
     
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    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    May I ask why you want to be a breeder?
     
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    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Look for GCCF - most shows in the UK are run by them. Is your cat a registered pedigree? If not she can be shown as a household (moggie) or pedigree pet. But suggest you visit a show first. They are all open to the public in the afternoon, sometimes from as early as 12:00.
     
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