1998 - 2011
Association Internationale du Mau Egyptien (AIME)
fondée le 20 février 1998, membre du collège des clubs de race du LOOF
Tel: O3 29 32 61 21 - mail : info.aime [at] orange.fr
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History of this breed dates back at least 4,000 years to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptian Mau is in fact the cat domesticated from a spotted sub-species of the African Wild Cat (felix lybica). It is probably the ancestor of all our domestic cats.
Mau is the Egyptian word for cat. In ancien Egypt, it was nearly a god and cat killers were sentenced to death. Its picture can be found on many hieroglyphs. It still exists as semi wild cat in Egypt.
The exiled Russian princess Nathalie Troubetskoy first imported them from Egypt to Italy in 1954, then to North America in 1956. In the past, all Egyptian Maus traced their ancestry to two of the original imports from her Fatima Cattery.
In the 1950's the British who had admired Egyptian Maus in Egypt or Italy could not import them because of the rabies quarentine. They tried to "re-create" this breed by using abyssinian hybrids, tabby cats and siameses. The result was the spotted Oriental, which of course could not be transferred to CFA or other organizations as a true Egyptian Mau.
Vella (silver), Vidora et
Upswing de Fondcombe (bronze)
The Mau is the only naturally spotted breed of domestic cat. The Egyptian Mau shows off an elegant, randomly spotted body with a skin flap on the belly banded legs and tail, expressive almond-shaped gooseberry green eyes, distinctive mascara lines. Hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs.
The coat comes in four colors: silver, bronze, smoke and black.
Upchange de Fondcombe Bronze Maullenium Meskhemet of
Fondcombe Silver Imhotep Sobek Smoke Amseth du Fort de la Bosse
Upchange de Fondcombe
Maullenium Meskhemet of
Amseth du Fort de la Bosse
the best known color is the most spectacular : silver
The black smoke color, a smoky grey with black spots, is more subtle. Although difficult to express on picture, this is very attractive !
The bronze color is the most genuine color : this is the one you find on old papyrus. in Egypt, this cat, a warm brown one with black spots, is called pharaonic cat. Many CFA breeders prefer a more reddish color. This modern bronze is called indian bronze.
The black color is the less spectacular. But this is the one that best displays the noble look of the Egyptian Mau.
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