Cat, Savannah

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Physical Characteristics

The Savannah cat combines the "wild" look of the African Serval with the playful and affectionate disposition of the domestic cat. Savannah’s have a tall, slim build which gives them the appearance of greater size than their actual weight. They have tall, deeply cupped, rounded ears, very long legs, fat, puffy noses and hooded eyes. The first documented breeding of an African Serval to a domestic cat was in the mid 1980's. The breed got Registration Status with The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1999 and Evaluation Status with TICA in 2001.

F1 Savannah cats (first generation) are 50% (or more) African Serval and around 50% domestic cat. The first few generations of male Savannahs are expected to be sterile.

F2 Savannah cats are at least 25% (or more) African Serval.

F3 Savannah cats are at least 12.5 % African Serval

F4 Savannah cats are at least 6.25 % African Serval

F5 Savannah cats are at least 3 % AfricanServal

Habitat & Diet

Since Savannahs are bred to be housecats, they do not exist in the wild. Cats are true carnivores, and they only eat meat. Savannahs can eat cat food, kibble and meat.

Social Behavior

The Savannah cat is an intelligent, energetic, breed of cat. Savannahs act much like a dog. They can learn their name and can be leash trained if started young. Most Savannahs even play in water. They can open cabinets, find hidden toys, and learn to play fetch. Savannah cats want to be around their families and be involved in family activities. Each Savannah cat has a unique personality. Gender makes no difference in a Savannah cat’s temperament.

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Fascinating Facts

    • The Savannah is the largest domesticated cat hybrid. It is a cross between a Serval and a domestic cat (usually a Bengal or Abyssinian).
    • Full of the capabilities of a wild cat, savannahs can jump 8 feet vertically!

Status In The Wild

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