Egyptian Mau Breed Council



2007 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

General requirements:

In order to be accepted into the Egyptian Mau registry the imported cat must:

1.                        be at least nine months old.

2.                        express spotted pattern only and the following currently accepted showable colors:  silver, bronze and smoke.

3.                        have no physical characteristics that would be disqualified per the CFA standard or CFA rules.

4.                       the cat shall have a three generation pedigree of known although not necessarily registered parents as proven by DNA parentage.  This pedigree of known parents may be obtained while cat is still in originating Country, OR once cat has been imported. Registration will be granted once it is complete and verified by testing. (note Parentage testing costs approximately $50 through new CFA Cat bank, Microchip costs vary from $25-$75 per cat)

5.                       a third generation cat or kitten must be confirmed by a designated representative of the Breed Council as determined by the Breed Council Secretary and must be determined to not have any disqualifying characteristics.  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 who the Breed Council Secretary designates for the exam is at the discretion of the Breed Council Secretary.

6.                        have the Breed Council Secretary’s confirmation that the cat meets the identification requirements

7.                   imported cat 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 the first in the line establishing the three generations. All supporting documentation shall include the micropchip number for all generations.

8.                        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).  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 imported 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 following are for clarification only and will not be on the ballot:


            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 cat detailing breed standard features (see below for specifics)

3-   Certification from bthree 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.


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 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 likely be requested/required by the Breed Council Secretary                       

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.





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







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