Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau

A bronze colored Egyptian Mau. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, “the fastest breed of domestic cat is the Egyptian Mau, which can attain speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h) and has been referred to as a feline greyhound.”

Egyptian Mau is a small- to medium-sized short-haired cat breed. They are slender and muscular and they are thought to be one of the progenitor breeds of the modern domestic cat. Egyptian Maus are relatively rare: As of 2007, fewer than 200 kittens are registered with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy each year; and as of 2006, a total of 6,742 Maus were registered with the Cat Fanciers’ Association. Maus come in five colors. From most to least common these colors are: silver, bronze, smoke, black and blue/pewter.

Black and pewter Maus cannot be shown, but may be used in breeding. All Maus must have green eyes, but an amber cast is acceptable in kittens and young adults up to eighteen months old. Photo: Liz West, wikipedia

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