The Egyptian Mau is an ancient breed and is believed to be the oldest domesticated breed of cat. They were probably descended from the African Wild Cat and was a treasured companion of the Egyptian Pharoahs who worshipped and adored them. A fierce hunter, the Egyptian Mau hunted rodents in Egyptian grainaries, earning them a respected place as a deity, signified by the goddess, Bast.
The breed's history in the U.S. began in 1956 when an exiled Russian princess, Nathalie Troubetskoy, brought a couple of Egyptian Mau cats with her. She founded the Fatima cattery and worked with others to show the breed and gain acceptance into the Cat Fancy. The Egyptian Mau was accepted for Championship competition by CFA in 1977.
The Egyptian Mau is a striking cat; medium-sized and spotted. It is the only naturally spotted breed of domestic cat. Although it looks wild, there is no wild blood remaining in this breed. The Mau has beautifully expressive gooseberry green eyes, very distinctive mascara lines, an elegant body, and a worried expression on its face. It is a possessive breed and will hide their favorite toys from other pets. They love to be with their family so are generally underfoot and in the middle of everything. They tread with their paws (making biscuits) and chortle when they are happy. They love to ride shoulders and play, especially hunting games. This is an active cat and companionship of other felines is a good idea.
Females weigh between 6 to 8 lbs as adults. Males are larger, weighing 8 to 11 lbs.