Savannah Cat was developed after a domestic cat was crossed with African wild cat Serval. The first kitten was born on April 7th, 1986, and was named Savannah. Patrick and Joyce Sroufe were the first breeders who started the development of a new cat breed — Savannah.
Among the breeds that contributed to Savannah’s breed development were Egyptian Maus, Oriental Shorthairs and Joe domestic shorthairs.
Starting 2001 The International Cat Association started to register Savannahs. Just recently in 2012 TICA gave Savannahs the breed full recognition along with the championship status.
Savannah cat’s weight can range anywhere between 8 to 20 pounds. Males are typically larger than females.
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Savannah cat is the closest feline version of a dog. This is very active and adventurous cat. Savannah’s athletic body allows her to jump to very high places to explore her surroundings. Be prepare that your Savannah will explore all top shelfs and cabinets in your house. Savannahs like to walk on a leash and play with water.
Savannah is a very friendly and curious cat. She will great your guests and spend a lot of time with you and your companion. She is also very intelligent and will always find her way to open the cabinet or turn on their own private waterworks.
Protect anything that can be broken and put away your breakables so your Savannah can’t knock them over. Ensure your Savannah has a lot of toys to play with and gets a lot of attention from you. She will need a lot of time interacting with you and something to occupy her mind when you are not around her.
As far as Savannah’s voice, they can either meow like their domestic mothers or chrisp like their serval father. Sometimes they would produce the mixture of the two. However, chrisping is observed more in higher generations Savannahs. You can also hear Savannahs hiss, which is different from a domestic cat’s hiss and sounds more like a loud snake.
Savannah cats can impress anyone with their animal intelligence. They can learn new tricks and often willing to walk on a leash. One of the well known traits of the Savannah cats is their jumping ability.
Some Savannahs can jump as high as 8 feet from standing position. They also like to jump on top of the doors, high cabinets and refrigerators. They are very curious and like to explore their surroundings.
Coat Color And Grooming
Black, brown, or black spotted tabby; black silver spotted tabby; and black smoke — are all different colors and patterns of Savannahs. Most have golden, cream, sandy or white coat with bold, solid black or dark brown markings, which can be round, oval, or elongated. You can also find Savannah cat with marble color, in which the spots resemble an elongated bulls eye type pattern. There are also other colors and patterns in Savannah breed such as chocolate, cinnamon, blue, red, and colorpoint. These colors came from domestic shorthairs that were used in breeding Savannahs in the past. Savannahs with non-standard colors can be registered but not shown.
On average it takes three years for a Savannah cat to reach adult size. Savannah’s unusual physical traits include long neck, triangular head and large, wide ears, long body with long legs and a medium-length tail. The back legs are usually slightly longer than the front legs. Savannah’s nose leather can be anywhere from pink to black. But black smoke Savannahs must have solid black nose.
Children And Other Pets
The active and social Savannah likes to play with children and other pets. She appreciates the attention she gets from people and kids as long as they are not aggressive towards her. It is also a good idea to get a companion for your Savannah if you are going to leave her alone during a day. Another Savannah, another cat breed, or even a dog can make a good company for your Savannah.
A period of adjustment might be necessary for both the Savannah and your dog. Give them enough time to get comfortable with each other, introduce them gradually and make sure they stay under your supervision until you are sure that they have come to an amicable understanding.
As far as cats, Savannahs do best with the breeds who have similar personalities and activity levels or with cats who are more laid-back.
Some pets are not necessarily safe if Savannah cat is present. Savannah cats are fine hunters and can easily pass any safeguards to get to your aquarium with fish, hamsters or little birds.
An SBT Savannah is a «pure» breed that has only Savannahs as parents for at least 3 generations. SBT is bred down from African Serval but is at least 4 generations away. While many Savannahs bred with domestic house cats, SBT will guarantee you a pure breed for at least 3 generations.
Higher generations Savannahs have more serval percentage in their blood. Therefore the higher generation Savannah you choose, the higher the price would be. F1 savannahs are rare and more expensive. They are very hard to breed as it takes many years and a lot of luck to breed Serval with a domestic house cat. Servals are wild cats with special needs as far as their diet, caging and healthcare. Mating them to a domesticated cat is very difficult and time consuming.
While Savannahs don’t have as many legal restrictions as Servals, some states have laws governing the ownership of hybrid pets. Most states consider Savannahs domestic cats, however in some states/cities they are considered hybrids. Please be sure to check the legality of owning a Savannah cat in your county before purchasing one.