Egyptian Mau Breed Council


CFA Egyptian Mau Breed Council

Import policy

 febrUAry 2009

Egyptian Mau Import Policy

The Egyptian Mau is a natural breed that has no allowable outcrosses.  Cats may be imported from any of the Countries listed below as defined by their geographical borders:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Erythrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lybia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Republic of Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunesia, Turkey, United Arab Emirate, Yemen

It is the policy of the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) Egyptian Mau Breed Council to accept Native Egyptian Maus into the CFA Egyptian Mau registry that:

· Have been imported from any of the countries listed above.

· Have satisfied the Requirements for Identification / Approval of Imported Native Egyptian Mau.

· Have satisfied the General Requirements for Registry, including a three generation pedigree of known ancestors as documented by DNA parentage testing.

 It is the policy of the CFA Egyptian Mau Breed Council to accept domestic Egyptian Maus into the CFA Egyptian Mau registry that:

· Are the fourth generation (great-grand) offspring of one or more imported native Egyptian Mau(s) of unknown ancestry, i.e., have a three-generation pedigree of known ancestors, at least one of which is a native Mau of unknown parentage.  The native Egyptian Mau(s) must have been imported from the accepted countries as listed above.

· Have satisfied the General Requirements for Registry.



Purebred Egyptian Maus:  Cats registered as Egyptian Maus and accepted as such by the major feline registries, e.g., CFA, TICA, FIFe, etc.; generally, ancestry of these cats can be traced back a minimum of five generations and all ancestors are registered Egyptian Maus; selectively bred to meet the requirements of a written standard that defines the characteristics of the breed with points allocated according to the importance of the feature described; eligible to compete for titles in the major feline associations

Native Egyptian Maus:  Cats originating in the accepted geographical regions as stated in CFA policy, generally feral cats living unattended in the streets of the major cities or in agricultural areas; random-bred with unknown ancestry; meet minimum criteria for acceptance into the Mau breeding programs as an outcross:  spotted pattern in black-based silver, bronze, smoke, no disqualifying physical features such as white spotting, incorrect paw pad / nose leather color, tail kink, etc.

Domestic Egyptian MausFirst second and third generation cats descended from imported native Egyptian Mau(s), but not eligible for registry in CFA

 General requirements:

In order to be accepted into the Egyptian Mau registry:

1.                     Native/Domestic Egyptian cats should be at least nine months old before the completion of the approval process; fourth generation Egyptian Maus with a three generation pedigree of known ancestors should be at least 8 months old before the completion of the approval process.

2.                      All applicant cats must express spotted pattern only in one of the following currently accepted showable colors:  silver, bronze and smoke.

3.                      Applicants cats should have no physical characteristics that would cause disqualification as  per the CFA standard or CFA rules. This should include NA/IM and NA/WCC.

4.                      Applicant cats should exhibit no obvious genetic issues that would negatively impact on breeding cats that meet the standard.

5.                      The applicant cat shall have a three generation pedigree of known although not necessarily registered parents as proven by DNA type and parentage testing.  This pedigree of known parents may be established:  

a.      by tracking to the fourth generation a native Mau colony or breeding program in the originating country.

b.      by tracking to the fourth generation direct descendents of an imported native Egyptian Mau of unknown ancestry. Documentation of importation of the native cat will be required.

6.                      A fourth generation cat or kitten whether native or domestic Egyptian Mau, must be   examined by a designated representative* of the Breed Council as appointed by the Breed Council Secretary and must be determined to not have any disqualifying characteristics or obvious issues that would impact genetically on the genepool.

a.      *  The designated representative may be a Breed Council member or members who are in close proximity to the imported cat, or the Breed Council Secretary may require that the cat be examined by a CFA judge or judges.  The decision as to whom the Breed Council Secretary designates for the exam is at the discretion of the Breed Council Secretary.

7.                      Imported cats shall be micro-chipped in Countries where available either prior to shipping or within ten days of arrival in destination Country for those Countries where the technology is not available, regardless of whether the cat has a three generation pedigree or will be a foundation cat for establishing the three generations. All supporting documentation shall include the microchip number for all generations descended from native cat(s) of unknown ancestry that are not registered.

9.                      All paperwork materials will be reviewed by the Breed Council Secretary who will forward a letter to Central Office certifying that application is complete and that the cat has met the minimum requirements.


  1. The Breed Council Secretary will review all documentation and photos (must show acceptable pattern and color, including paw pads). 
  1. The Breed Council Secretary or designated representative must examine the imported cat to rule out disqualifying physical features.  The designated representative may be a Breed Council member or members who are in close proximity to the imported cat, or the Breed Council Secretary may require that the cat be examined by up to three CFA judges.
  2. To maintain identification of the cat through the process, the native cat shall be micro-chipped in Countries where available either prior to shipping or within ten days of arrival in destination Country. All supporting documentation must include the microchip number.
  3. Notification of intent to register must be reviewed with the Breed Council Secretary.  The Breed Council Secretary will notify CFA when the identification/approval process is complete.  The entire application must be mailed to the Breed Council Secretary and a copy sent to CFA once Breed Council Secretary has approved


            Give your Breed Council Secretary a heads up when you start to plan to import the initial cat. That way you can coordinate and he/she can take you through what will be expected before you initiate the process.  Once you have three full generations and are ready to register the cat please supply Breed Council Secretary/Central Office with the following information for imported cats submitted for registration:

Notification of intent to register must be filed with CFA with the following:

1-   Detailed description of the cat applying for registration, age (or close approximation), color and any known history in addition to any other information about the cat that the applicant would like considered

2-     Pictures of import cat  as well as applicant cat detailing breed standard features (see below for specifics)

3-   Certification from three CFA judges as identified by BCS, or designated agent as identified by BCS that cat has been identified via microchip, examined and found to be free of any disqualifying features and/or congenital defects that would impact adversely on the breed.

4 - Date original cat imported

5 - Desired name -   ie ________ of _______, if you will use a nickname or shortened name in your application for description purposes, or the cat is referred to by another name in paperwork, please identify all names

6 - Microchip number, date of microchip for cats from all three generations - please include microchip number on all paperwork supplied

7 - Paperwork -    Proof of export of original cat  from originating Country – to include if available, airbill, airline ticket or government travel papers, veterinary records from country of origin referencing microchip if applicable.

8 - The cat applying for registration shall have a three generation pedigree of known,  although not necessarily  registered parents as proven by DNA parentage testing with each cat identified by microchip number. Please provide list of all three generations and supporting paperwork. All cats on the pedigree will either be CFA registered Egyptian Maus or be able to trace parentage back to identified import cats via DNA testing on microchipped cats... If Egyptian Maus that are not CFA registered are used in a pedigree in addition to the import line, then a certified three generation pedigree for that cat  from the registering body will required.


Checklist Required paperwork

Paperwork on initial import from licensed veterinarian

Microchip number to be clearly identified on all paperwork and certificates

International Health certificate

Checklist documentation – originating Country

Copy of airline ticket,

Receipt from shipment clearly identifying the cat

Paperwork on cat applying for registration

From applicant

1-      Three generation “pedigree” of known cats with each non-cfa registered cat identified by microchip number, color, sex. This can be supplied from cats tracked in the originating Country, or from cats produced in the U.S. after the cat has been imported

2-      DNA proof of parentage for all three generations of cats tracing to original import with each generation identified by microchip number, color, sex and pattern.

List of pictures that will be requested/required by the Breed Council Secretary    - will need these for original import as well as applicant cat.  Pictures of unregistered cats in each generation not required, but recommended.              

Use cat name in file name for pictures if submitted via email.  Please write cat name on picture if hard copy submitted.    Identify all pieces of correspondence with cat name, or identified call name

a.        Each side showing pattern clearly

b.        Head on - showing head and necklaces and chest area

c.         Profile of head

d.         Full body

e.         Paw Pads - simply need to be visible in a picture...

f.          Belly - showing spots

g.         Coat with coat pulled back to show undercoat

h.         Microchip id picture - Picture of cat with reader showing number.

Central Office will need hard copy of high resolution photos for their records. Breed Council Secretary will accept either electronic copies, or hard copies of sufficient quality to be scanned.

Reference: Import policy as adopted February 2007


If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact Breed Council Secretary:  Melanie Morgan      





Egyptian Mau Breed Council Meeting

June 27, 2014  6PM



Jill Archibald

Becki Bergeron

Karen Bishop

Laurie Coughlan

Tim Fowler

Linda Humpage

Melanie Morgan


bulletCongrats to this year’s winners –
bulletImports – Can use C.A.T.S. to register f1-3 generations from imports
bulletEgyptian Mau Summit planned for GEMS fourth weekend of July
bulletEducation row with exercises will be monitored by Susan Melia
bulletSeminar/potluck after the show to go over education cats and excercises.
bulletUpdate on the 99-lives genetic process – Egyptian Mau representing is GC BW NW Emau’s Diamonds R Forever Of Emauge. Blood has been submitted. No updates yet.
bulletAmmonium Urate project- Leslie Lyons moved and requested blood work in addition to chek swabs – that bloodwork has been sent. We await updates.
bulletSilver search – the search for the inhibitor gene continues and word is they are getting very close. 
bulletBreed Council booth updated to include additional banner with latest NWs. Thanks to Rebekka Lokke for design and Emauge for sponsoring
bulletBreed Booth present at World Show, National Capital, GEMS, Crab and Mallet, Freestate Feline Fanciers. 
bulletValidity of certified pedigrees from other associations – discussion on whether we should establish a policy as to what we should accept given obvios inaccuracies from some registries.
bulletPK Deficiency – once again we discussed the current testing procedures and need to test our breeding cats.  Also discussed lack of information and need to educate ourselves on the problem. Historically we have not seen a lot of symptoms – this was confirmed by all breeders present – none of us had a cat diagnosed with any problems consistent with the deficiency.  Discussed the  danger of overreacting and limiting the genepool but also the the need to ideally breed for NN cats. All members are urged to forward test results to for inclusion in a database tracking the status of breeding cats.
bulletBreed Council Secretary meeting with CFA Board – went over the agenda and determined that there were not any “hot” issues
bulletMember issues - none
bulletGEMS Show – update from Show manage Tim Fowler. Invitation to attend to all extended.


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