Despite claims that the breed originated in Egypt, DNA analysis shows mainly European and North American origins. The feline genome data published in the Pentascope document shows the Egyptian Mau to be very closely related to the Maine Coon, Korat and American Turkish Angoras. The phylogenetic tree published in PlosOne demonstrates that the Egyptian Mau belongs to the group of Western-derived breeds.
The Mau achieved championship status in some organizations in 1968. There were attempts by British breeders to create Maus from cross-breeds of Abyssinians, Siamese and tabbies, however, these did not resemble the true Maus. This mix became the basis for the Ocicat.
Egyptian Maus will have either a 'scarab beetle' or 'M' marking on their foreheads. Those with the latter tend to be from the United States.
13 - 16 years
Medium size cat weighing 4.5 kilo
The Egyptian Mau is gentle and reserved. He loves his people and desires attention and affection from them but is wary of others. Early, continuing socialization is essential with this sensitive and sometimes shy cat, especially if you plan to show or travel with him.
They are the only naturally spotted breed of domestic cat. These cats are limited to the colours that occurred naturally – silver, bronze, smoke, and black – as well as the dilute versions of these colours – blue silver, blue spotted, blue smoke, and blue.