Egyptian Mau

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Egyptian Mau overview

Generally considered to be the only natural spotted breed of cat. Believed to descend from ancient Egyptian cats, the modern-day Egyptian Mau is a result of crossing Egyptian street cats with Italian domestic cats, during the 1950s. The distinctive coat requires little maintenance. Agile and playful, yet affectionate and good with children, the Mau makes a good house cat.

Egyptian Mau foreign names

Egyptische Mau (Dutch), Mau Egyptien (French), Ägyptisch Mau (German), Mau Egipcio (Spanish)



Breed number/code

No 78 (GCCF) / MAU (FIFe)

Biological data

Well-developed muscles and a graceful appearance.
Medium to large ears, alert and moderately pointed.
Large, almond-shaped eyes, slanting slightly towards the ears.
Hair quality
Medium length, silky texture, with a lustrous sheen.
Eye colours
Light 'gooseberry' green.
Random, distinct spots on torso.
Barring on forehead, forming lines between the ears that continue down the back of the neck.
Spotting along the spine.
Heavy banding and dark tip on the tail.
Barring on cheeks, upper front legs and lower hind legs.
Stripes or spots on shoulders, haunches, and upper hind legs.
'Vest' button spots on underside of body.

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Egyptian Mau – Breed standard

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Egyptian Mau references and further reading

Egyptian Mau Breed Council

The Egyptian Mau Club

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If you are an animal photographer, an expert on Egyptian Mau cats or a breeder, we would love to hear from you. We strive to have all the latest, most helpful and accurate information on our website, but nobody is perfect, so we do ask for your feedback if we can improve our website.

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Egyptian Mau photo by Tetsu Yamazaki Animal Photography
AP-RE3GXK - Silver Spotted Egyptian Mau cat
Photo © Animal Photography, Tetsu Yamazaki