American Cat Fanciers Association
Egyptian Mau Breed Synopsis
Egyptian Mau Breed Standard
The only natural domestic spotted breed it is believed to be a
subspecies of the African wild cat. Tomb hieroglyphics found on the
walls of the pyramids depict this spotted cat domesticated more than
4,000 years ago. When agriculture was well established in Egypt by 2500
BC silos of grain attracted rats and mice. Cats with very similar
markings to those of the African wild cat were tempted out of the woods.
Thus they became useful members of Egyptian society.
The Mau traveled to the United States in 1956 with royalty. Nathalie
Troubetskoy, a Russian princess carried a wicker basket with three
Egyptian Maus when she emigrated. A silver female BaBa, a bronze son
JoJo and a silver barren female Liza. BaBa had been presented to
Princess Troubetskoy by a young boy who had been keeping the tiny kitten
in a shoe box. He had been given the kitten by a member of diplomatic
corps of Mideast embassies. Research was done and she discovered the
shoe box kitten was an Egyptian Mau. From these she started Fatima
cattery. Since that time imports have broadened the gene pool.
A medium sized, well muscled, moderately active cat. The Mau is
extremely intelligent, healthy, affectionate and becomes quite attached
to its caretakers. They are randomly spotted, while their legs and tails
are banded. The head is slightly rounded wedge without flat planes,
medium in length. Ears medium to large may be tufted. Eyes large and
alert almond shaped, slight slant to eyes. Body medium long and
graceful. Hind legs slightly longer than front giving an appearance of
being on tip toes. Feet small and dainty with five toes in front and
four in rear. A primordial flap of skin extending from its hind legs to
its abdomen is thought to give its exceptional speed and agility.
Gooseberry green eyes that develop generally by 18 months of age.
Mascara lines, a scarab mark on the forehead and the large eyes gives a
worried expression to this ancient beauty. Acceptable colors for the
show ring are silver, bronze, and smoke. Also, there is the black that
is not eligible for show.
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