Elegant and graceful, the Egyptian Mau makes for an excellent show cat. Its medium-sized muscular body and limbs are shaped like the cheetah, the fastest of all land animals.
This breed has a wedge-shaped, rounded head. Its almond-shaped ears may range from medium to large and are broader at the base. Its large eyes are expressive, bright, and gooseberry green. The “mascara” eyes are known to change to an unusual hue as this kitty matures. Parallel lines run down each side of its nose, enhancing its exotic look. Its forehead has an “M” marking.
Its long body is so well-muscled that it is hard to the touch. It has a skin flap that begins from its abdomen and ends on the hind knee. This, together with its long back legs, allows it to move in a wider range of motion. As such, it can reach speeds higher than those of other cats. Its hind legs are longer than the front ones and are proportionate to its frame. Its paws are small and round. Its gently tapering tail is moderately long.
The Egyptian Mau’s coat is beautifully spotted and shorthaired. It is one of the very few domestic cat breeds that are naturally spotted. Other spotted felines have been intentionally bred to acquire the decorative colouring. The spots can be oblong, round, or irregularly shaped. These spots can also be large or small in size and only occur on the edge of the fur.
The dense, medium-length coat is close-lying, with colours including bronze, silver, and smoke. Grooming is easy with the Egyptian Mau because of its short length. It tends to shed, but this can be easily remedied with weekly brushings.