Muzzle – I think this is where one of the biggest differences is apparent. The Maine Coon has a “a squareness to the muzzle”…”visibly square”. While the NFC breed standard says, “part of the straight line extending toward the base of ear without pronounced whisker pads and without pinch..” – no mention of “squareness”. The Maine Coon muzzle can and should be noticeably square and the NFC muzzle is quite tapered and relatively pointed, I think.
Do you really have to keep pointing that thing at me? Wow, thanks for all the lovely comments and favs everyone, Snarf and I are chuffed to bits.