Coloring – The Mau comes in four colors: silver, bronze, smoke and black. The black Mau is not eligible for the show ring, but can be used in a breeding program.
Eyes – Light green (gooseberry green). Amber cast allowed in young adults under 1-1/2 years of age.
Overall Appearance – With an elegant body that is randomly spotted, banded legs and tail, expressive gooseberry green eyes, distinctive mascara lines, a worried expression on the face, and a graceful cheetah-like stride, it is no wonder that the Mau attracts such a tremendous amount of attention at cat shows.
Personality – An extremely intelligent animal, the Mau places a great importance on family, both human and their own, and is fiercely loyal in his devotion to them.
Interesting Breed Fact – The role of the Mau in the religion, mythology, and everyday life of the Egyptian conveys the degree of affection and respect in which these cats were held. They were worshipped as deities, cherished as pets, protected by laws, and mummified and mourned upon their death.
Breed information supplied by the
Cat Fanciers’ Association