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Savannah Cats -
are these graceful and muscular felines? Long,
lean and tall, they have large ears that sit
high on the top of the head. And how about those
magnificent spotted coats? Surely these must be
some species of wildcat!
No, these beauties
are the domestic Savannahs, a hybrid cross between a Serval
(an African wildcat) and a domestic cat.
The Savannah Cat is a relatively new breed of cat.
Registered with TICA and currently in Advance
New Breed (ANB) category.
They are named after the African
grasslands that are native to the Serval.
This spotted cat
encompasses the beauty of the "exotic" look of
the Serval with the laid-back, playful and
affectionate purr-sonality of a domestic cat.
Their personalities are like no other
domestic cat. They are very loyal and bond
heavily with their owners.
boldly-spotted and striped coats in a range of
black spotted, black, silver, and black smoke ), a long sleek neck and large, rounded ears, and a three-quarter-length tail. The bodies are long with a deep rib cage,
the rear end is often higher than the shoulders,
supported by long, slender but strong legs with
small oval feet and lengthy toes.
The head is
slightly smaller than in proportion to the body.
In profile, the nose is long but with a small
chin and should add to the cat's wild
appearance. The ears should be large and alert, with a wide base and
slightly rounded tips.
Dramatic black "tear drop"
markings around the eyes give them a
very unique and beautiful appearance. These
fabulous felines grow to a very impressive size,
measuring up to 30 inches from nose to tip of
tail and weighing from 12 to 25 pounds
generation>. The Savannah is a new
breed and still under development and there is variability in the
appearance and size of the offspring. The
spotting pattern will generally be very similar
to the Serval, though the background color will
vary. The texture of the fur will also vary
from the coarser coats of the Serval, to the
finer smoother coats of the domestic. Although
the breed is still very new, it appears that
they have very few health problems.
friendly, this neew domestic cat makes a great family pet and
are easy to care for. They do not require a
special diet or health regimen and are easily
litter-trained. Their main requirement is plenty
of love, attention, hugs and kisses.
The first documented breeding of an
African Serval to a domestic cat was
accomplished in the mid 1980's by Judy Frank, a
Bengal breeder in Pennsylvania.
She was the first to cross
an African Serval male with a domestic female
cat and soon the resulting Savannah breed became
a hit with cat enthusiasts. Progeny resulting from the breeding of
a Serval cat to a domestic cat, as well as
subsequent breedings are recognized as DOMESTIC
The desire of breeders is to create a
which mimics many of the exotic features
of the Serval while retaining the loving
temperament of a domestic cat. Savannahs are
known to be extremely friendly and talkative,
very playful and curious in nature. They are the
largest hybrid cat available at this time.
The first generation cross is
referred to as the F1 (Serval x
domestic). The next breeding
(F1 Savannah x domestic)
is called an F2 and so on. In
1996, the Savannah was first presented to the
TICA board of directors, at which time they
gained registration rights as an experimental
breed. The Savannah has continued to evolve both
as a breed, and in the recognition and
popularity of the breed through TICA (
The International Cat Association ) and cat fanciers. In 2001, the
Savannah advanced to evaluation status in TICA. In 2008, they advanced to Advanced New
Breed. The next step is Championship Status.