HYBRID LAWS, National and International

The Savannah is a hybrid breed and some states ban them or have restrictions what generation you can have in your state. This page will guide you in the best of my knowledge to be accurate, but please always check your state, county and city laws to make sure if you want to purchase a Savannah that it is legal to own a Savannah where you live.
To check on the most current laws I highly recommend visiting www.hybridlaw.com to check your state laws. We will not sell a Savannah to you when you are not allowed to own them in your state, county or city.


Thanks with help of Paige all came together.

LAWS in the USA states and areas to own a Savannah/Serval;


ALABAMA (AL): No restrictions Savannah and Serval legal.

ALASKA (AK): a new law passed in 2011, F4 Savannah's and lower are allowed but need to have a permit http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/wildlife/story/1123554.html


Alaska Department of Fish & Game
P.O. Box 115526
1255 W. 8th Street
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
Phone: 907-465-4100
Fax: 907-465-2332
TTY: 800-478-3648 or

Legislative Information Office
State Capitol - Terry Miller Building, Suite 111
Juneau, Alaska 99801-1182
Phone: 907-465-4648

ARIZONA (AZ): no regulations for Savannah's, Serval you can only breed to Serval, not domestics. Check laws for permits

COLORADO (CO): City of Denver, all generations Savannah ILLEGAL, rest of state legal to own Savannahs.

CONNECTICUT (CT): Connecticut Governor has signed Bill SB1018 in 2012 now all generations of Savannah, Bengals and Chausie cats are now legal to own. Serval illegal

DELAWARE (DE): PERMITS needed for ownership Savannah's, if no permit they will be illegal to own

FLORIDA: (FL) no restrictions for Savannahs, Servals need permit Class II as pet, requires 1,000 hours experience and succesful completion of test.

GEORGIA (GA): All generations Savannahs and servals are ILLEGAL!!!! Bengals,F4 and later generations are legal.

HAWAII (HI): All generations Savannahs are ILLEGAL and Serval!!!!

IDAHO (ID) : Boise: F1's are illegal to own. All Savannahs and Servals are ILLEGAL to own in this state without having a (free) permit to obtain by Fish and Game http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/02/0427.pdf

ILLINOIS (IL): no restrictions, Servals need permit

INDIANA (IN): permit is not required by the DNR to possess any generation Savannah cat. Serval need permit

Linnea Petercheff
Operations Staff Specialist
Division of Fish and Wildlife
402 W. Washington Street, Room W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 233-6527
Fax: (317) 232-8150

IOWA (IA): F4 and beyond (F5-F6-SBT) legal as of July 1st 2013. F1 till F3 are ILLEGAL to own.

KANSAS: (KS) No restrictions Savannah's, Servals legal

KENTUCKY: (KY) No restrictions, Savannahs, servals legal

LOUISIANA (LA) No regulations, savannahs, servals legal

MAINE (ME):No regulations

MARYLAND (MD): No Savannah allowed over 30 pounds of weight

MASSACHUSETTS: F4 generations and lower are allowed. The MA caveat reads; Chapter 131:Section 77A. Wild canid and felid hybrids.The provisions of this section shall not apply to an owner or person possessing a domesticated show or pet cat registered with a nationally or internationally recognized breeding association or registry which certifies the pedigree and registration of such cat to be without any wild felid parentage for a minimum of three generations. All generations of hybrids are ILLEGAL in the city of BOSTON. Serval illegal.

MICHIGAN (MI) No restrictions, Savannahs, serval legal

MINNESOTA: all members of the Felidae family including, but not limited to, lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, cheetahs, ocelots, and servals, but not including domestic cats or cats recognized as a domestic breed, registered as a domestic breed, and shown as a domestic breed by a national or international multibreed cat registry association; hybrids are illegal in the city of Minneapolis.Servals illegal

MISSISSIPPI (MS) No restrictions, Savannahs, serval legal

MISSOURI (MO) No restrictions, Savannahs, serval legal

MONTANA (MT) No restrictions, Savannahs, serval legal

NEBRASKA: All generations Savannah's ILLEGAL!!!

NEVADA (NV) all legal, Savannahs and servals, illegal in city of Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE: F4 generations and lower are allowed

NEW JERSEY (NJ) No restrictions on Savannahs, serval illegal

NEW MEXICO (NM) No restrictions, but Dona Ana county requires permits

NEW YORK: F5 generations and lower allowed in New York state but are ILLEGAL in New York City, Manhattan, staten Island, Bronx, Queens,Brooklyn.

NORTH CAROLINA: Legal to own Savannahs but Wake County and New Hanover County do not allow SV's. Laws unclear, some have a 15 pound weight restriction. Burke County - Morganton, The ordinance also calls for the ban of dangerous exotic animals or reptiles, or hybrids of what is considered a dangerous animal such as a cross between a wolf and dog. Any existing dangerous exotic animals or reptiles, or hybrids of a dangerous animal are allowed as long as the owner has the animal spayed or neutered, according to the ordinance. The ordinance cannot be enforced in a town or city limits unless it adopts a resolution giving the county the right to enforce the ordinance within its boundaries.Check your county.

NORTH DAKOTA (ND):No restrictions, Servals need importation permit to enter state

OHIO (OH) no restrictions for Savannahs, Servals illegal

OKLAHOMA (OK) No restrictions, Savannahs and Servals legal

OREGON (OR) no restrictions Savannah's legal, Serval illegal to own as pets

PENNSYLVANIA (PA) No restriction for Savannah's

RHODE ISLAND (RI): All generations Savannah's ILLEGAL, Serval illegal!!! http://www.dem.ri.gov/pubs/regs/regs/fishwild/f_wimprt.pdf

SOUTH CAROLINA (SC) No restrictions, Savannahs and Servals legal

TENNESSEE (TN) No restrictions, Savannahs and Servals legal

TEXAS: the law is very complicated in in this state.This is the law that Texas counties use since 2001: House Bill 1362, enacted by the Seventy-seventh Texas Legislature, amended chapter 822 of the Health and Safety Code by adding subchapter E. See Act of Apr. 25, 2001, 77th Leg., R.S., ch. 54, 2001 Tex. Gen. Laws 90. Section 822.103 provides that "[a] person may not own, harbor, or have custody or control of a dangerous wild animal for any purpose unless the person holds a certificate of registration for that animal issued by an animal registration agency." Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. § 822.103(a) (Vernon Supp. 2002). A dangerous wild animal is defined to include a lion, tiger, cougar, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, bobcat, lynx, serval, caracal, hyena, bear, coyote, jackal, gorilla, baboon, chimpanzee, an orangutan, and an ocelot, or any hybrid therefrom. See id. § 822.101(4).

Texas law regarding ownership of dangerous wild animals can be found at:

The Serval is listed under the dangerous wild animals, and it means Servals and the offspring (Savannah's) are considered wild animals and not allowed to have.

"Animal registration agency" is defined as "the municipal or county animal control office with authority over the area where a dangerous wild animal is kept or a county sheriff in an area that does not have an animal control office.

Please check your county and city laws with the Animal Control Officer before you want to purchase a Savannah!!!!!! No Savannahs at all can live as a pet in a home in Texas. No Savannahs of any generation can live in a county that bans them and no Savannahs can live in a county that allows them unless they are caged in a way that the laws and the permits allow.

TX County laws; Savannah's allowed with permit:

Aransas:Ronell K. Burke animal control in Bell
Coryell:Class C exhibitor license required
Ector county
Guaclalupe: requires USDA license, Doug Pyatt animal control
Harris county, Kaufmann county, Lubbock county, Mason county, Ward county

COUNTIES who BAN Savannahs and all hybrids:
Bastrop county,Bexar county,Blanco county,Burnet county, Caldwell county,Dallas county,Denton county, El Paso county, Fort Bend county, Hays county,Hidalgo county,Lampassas county, Lee county, Milam county, Montgomery county, Tarrant county, Throckmorton county, Travis county,Williamson county.

UTAH (UT) No restrictions, Savannahs legal, Servals illegal

VERMONT (VT) F4 and later generations legal

VIRGINIA (VA): All generations Savannahs legal all Hybrid cats require a permit in Hanover County, Virginia. Servals illegal

Permits for threatened or endangered species

WASHINGTON (WA): in the city limits of Seattle, savannah's are illegal. King county: While some federal and state agencies consider a Savannah to be a hybrid, obviously no agency considered it to be wild. Under King County Code 11.28.020 (C) (4) only nondomesticated species of felines would be considered an exotic animal. Unlike canines it does not refer to hybrid felines.

Sincerely, Tim Anderson | Sergeant

Regional Animal Services of King County

(206) 296-3945 Phone

(206) 205-8043 Fax

(206) 296-3958 Field Sergeant

(206) 296-3938 Shelter Sergeant

Servals legal with import license to enter state

West Virginia (WV): No restrictions, Savannahs legal

WINCONSIN (WI) No restrictions, Savannahs legal

WYOMING (WY) No restrictions, Savannahs legal

Other countries:

In order to import or export outside the US, Cities import and export permits are required for F1 - F4 hybrids. From F5 on, no Cities is needed, instead an original Tica 5 generation pedigree to prove the cat is 5 generations removed from the wild cat. There are different regulations in each country for keeping hybrids.

Australia, cat hybrids of all generations are banned. http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs

Austria: No restrictions on F2 and later generations.



ALBERTA: F1 till F3 ILLEGAL!!!! F4's and lower are allowed to have.

OTTAWA: F1 generations are ILLEGAL!!!! . All cats other than domesticated cats (Felis catus) including but not limited to: lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, puma, panther, mountain lion, cheetah, wild cat, cougar, bobcat, lynx, serval, and any hybrid offspring of a wild cat and domesticated cat.
F1-F4 need to have Cities, For information regarding CITES, call the Canadian Wildlife Service at 1-800-668-6767..F5 and lower generations are recognized as a domestic cat. Cats may enter Canada if they are accompanied by a rabies vaccination certificate.

Saskatchewan: NO savannahs are allowed in Saskatchewan of any generation..


Rabies vaccinated at least 30 days prior to travel to Colombia. Rabies vaccination is not required for pets entering from a rabies free country or dogs and cats that are less than 4 months old.The US is NOT a rabies free country and also the cat must be vaccinated for Distemper.The veterinarian has to certify that that the pet is healthy, free of parasites and that there is no evidence of diseases communicable to humans. It is highly recommended that your pet be on a flea and tick prevention program prior to entering Colombia. No Import Permit is required for personal pets accompanied by their owners.The form must be completed and signed by a veterinarian licensed in the Country of origin. Colombia REQUIRES the USDA certification stamp.Microchip:  Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.


Pet Travel Scheme is available for F2 and later generations. Hybrids must wait for 21 days after receiving their rabies vaccination before being shipped; for F1 a wild cat license is required.



In order to get the CITES import document, permits for housing and an outside enclosure of certain size is required for F1 - F4. The buyer in Germany needs special permits to be allowed to import and keep an F1 - F4. And the new owner has to built an outside enclosure and obtained the proper permits, because if not, the CITES import permit will not be issued. Since the import permit will only be processed after a copy of the export permit is provided. Microchipping is required. Rabies vaccination at 12 weeks of age is required; travel 21 days after vaccinating is permitted


Similar to the UK, but still only F5 and later generations are allowed to travel by Pet Travel Scheme, F1 – F4 have to go into a 6 months quarantine.

New Zealand:


hybrids of all generations are banned



Cities with F1-F4. International microchip, rabies vaccination and after a 30 day waiting period the kitten can be shipped. 



30 day quarantine

  • an import license from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) must be obtained 30 days prior to the consignment's date of arrival.
  • The import licence is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and the fee is $50 per licence.
  • The import of dogs, cats, small mammals, birds and other pets are subject to the AVA's veterinary conditions which includes requirements such as health certification, quarantine and inspection by AVA.
  • In these countries hybrids of certain generations are restricted or banned:



F1 - F4 hybrids banned, F5 and later generations allowed, but either need to put into a 4 months quarantine or the kitten need with 3 months of age a rabies vaccination,a rabies antibody titre test need to be done. If the test comes back within the acceptable range, then 4 months of quarantine will begin before the cat can be shipped.





For F1-F4 generations Cities import permit is required . International microchip.Rabies vaccination is required with a 30 day waiting period after vaccinating before shipping. F1 and F2 Savannahs need a permit and to be kept in outsoor encloser. No breeding allowed with F1 or F2. Further information can be obtained from the Federal Vet in Switzerland, Schwarzenburgerstrasse 161,3097, Liebfeld-Berne, Tel.: (+41) (0)31 323 85 02


International Pet Travel

list of airlines and their policies about traveling with pets


Links to find out more about International requirements for pets








Pet Quarantine - Pet Passport - Pet Immigration



Country Cities requirements:



In order to import to Europe, Cities import and export permits are required for F1 - F4 hybrids. From F5 on, no Cities is needed, instead an original Tica 5 generation pedigree to prove the cat is 5 generations removed from the wild cat. There are different regulations in each country for keeping hybrids.

Some countries in Europe have no restrictions on F2 and later generations, but might ask for special permits to keep F1 – F4 hybrids, when they are imported from outside the EU; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland.

All cats/kittens shipped to Europe need to have an international microchip, International EU health certificate, rabies vaccination. All papers have to be endorsed by the USDA. The cat/kittens have to go through a airport destination port and be inspected by Fish and Wildlife.



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