Egyptian Mau - MAU
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Egyptian Mau is considered to be the only naturally occurring domestic spotted cat. The aim of breeding is to reproduce the ancient Egyptian feline.
Top of head
The head is a moderate wedge of medium length, with gently rounded contours, without flat planes.
Muzzle and chin
The muzzle is medium long, not pointed. The cheeks are not full. Chin and lower jaw are firm.
In profile, there is a slight rise from the bridge of the nose to the forehead, which continues without a break into the arched neck. The nose is evenly broad from the base to the nose leather.
The eyes are large and broad almond-shaped. They are set at a slight angle.
The ears are medium sized to moderately large and upright. They are broad at the base but cupped, moderately pointed and set well apart. The tips may have lynx tufts.
Size and boning
Medium sized and muscular, yet slender and elegant.
The body is slightly elongated. Shoulder blades high and prominent. There is a loose skin flap from the flank to the knee of each hind leg.
Medium strong neck, in adult males may be more muscular.
Legs and paws
The legs are of medium length, the paws are dainty and slightly round. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs.
The tail is of medium length, medium broad at the base and slightly tapering.
The coat is medium short.
Dense, supple and close lying to the body. The texture is resilient in the colours silver and bronze, fine and silky in the colour smoke.
The colours bronze, silver and smoke are recognized.
Special breed faults
Brown tarnish on a silver
Cobby or oriental type.
Yellow shades of eye colour are acceptable in kittens only.