So I think Marshall the cat is a Maine coon Egyptian mau mix?

Is there any way to really tell because we got him from a shelter. He is a big cat, like 18 pounds. But he isn’t as fluffy pur bred Maine coons, and he has these little skin flaps that go from his belly to his legs that I heard only Egyptian maus have.

Here are my thoughts. One without registration papers your beautiful cat is not a register cat of a certain breed. But does have traits of certain breeds.

The cat is what I call a Wannabe.

Which most cats fall into this breed of no pedigree breed. Your cat has traits of different breeds but a purebred cat has to have certain traits and are bred for those traits and a lot of breeds allow no outcross breedings. And many breeds have bred out some traits such as the Siamese and Persians. So if some one says you have a domestic long or short hair they are very right. Meaning it has traits of many breeds. It is not a slander in any way or making any less of a cat to love and snuggle.

Now with all that has been said here is the what the definition is to the word Breed.

A breed is a group of domestic animals with a homogeneous appearance, behavior, and other characteristics that distinguish it from other animals of the same species. When bred together, animals of the same breed pass on these uniform traits to their offspring, and this ability—known as “breeding true”—is a definitive requirement for a breed. The offspring produced as a result of breeding animals of one breed with other animals of another breed are known as crossbreeds or mixed breeds. Plant breeds are more commonly known as varieties, or cultivars, and crosses between plant cultivars (or species) are referred to as hybrids.[1]. Breeds are usually not classified scientifically; however, they very well so can be if necessary; furthermore, breeds are usually classified according to similar characteristics.

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Now this is a breeder’s definition to the word breed.
The breeder or breeders who initially establish a breed, do so by selecting individual animals from within the groups gene pool that they see as having the necessary qualities needed to enhance the breed model they are aiming for. These animals are referred to as “breed foundation”, or “breed origination”. Further, the breeder mates the most desirable from his point of view representatives, aiming to pass such characteristics to their progeny. This process is known as selective breeding. A written description of desirable and undesirable breed representatives is referred to as a breed standard.

Breed characteristics
Breed specific characteristics also known as breed traits are inherited, and purebred animals pass such traits from generation to generation. Thus, all specimens of the same breed carry several genetic characteristics of the original foundation animal(s). In order to maintain the breed, a breeder would select those animals with the most desirable traits, to achieve further maintenance and developing of such traits. At the same time, avoiding animals carrying characteristics, not typical and/or undesirable for the breed, known as faults or genetic defects. The population within the same breed consists of a sufficient number of animals to maintain the breed within the specified parameters without the necessity of forced inbreeding. The breed includes several bloodlines that can be interbred to sustain the breed in whole without weakening the gene pool.

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Being able to trace the gene pool back many generations. Knowing where the parents of the cat has come from. Cat registries such as CFA and TICA can trace the cats family tree back to foundation line.

Domestic animal breeds commonly differ from country to country, and from nation to nation. Breeds originating in a certain country are known as “native breeds” of that country

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What you’ve got is a big domestic short hair tabby. It takes more than size to make a Maine Coon, and there really are lots of big cats out there. He doesn’t have the ear tufts, and ruff, that a Maine Coon or Maine Coon mix would have. Lots of cats have those flaps, and Maus are on the rare side. While back yard breeders do sell Maine Coon’s unaltered and they often end up in shelters (mixed kittens) Mau’s generally don’t. If a shelter says they have a Mau, that generally means they have a nicely spotted tabby cat.

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Love your guy for what he is – a plus sized tiger cat!

Source(s): Many years of cat rescue

Impossible that this is an Egyptian Mau from your description.

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