I have a Maine Coon cat, she's 7 years old. Her breeder is one of the most successful in the country, and I"m pretty sure she's a member of some sort of Maine Coon Club (as well as a member of the governing feline councils in Victoria). She had bred, exhibited and sold Maine Coons for as long as they've been a recognised breed in Australia.
I'm a registered breeder of dogs, although I'm yet to breed a litter. Being a registered breeder means being a member of the governing canine council, adhering to their code of ethics, applying for a breeder prefix and passing the relevant exam.
Edited to add this.....the link to the Maine Coon Cat club my cats breeder is a member of:http://umcfa.webs.com
This post has been edited by FiveAus: 16/12/2012, 10:01 PM