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SAVANNAHS

Probably you already read about the Savannah cats or maybe you are new to this breed. The Savannah is the result of breeding with the African Serval to a domestic cat. F1 Savannahs are the largest hybrid cats. What is the meaning of F generations? "F" stands for "Filial" generation.In the case of the savannah breed, it refers to the number of generations away from the wildcat, the Serval. We DON'T breed F1 Savannahs. We breed for the F2 till the F6 and SBT generations.

What is an F1, F2 generation??

svF1 First generation, has an African Serval parent

F2 Second generation, has an Serval grandparent

F3 Third generation, has an Serval great- grandparent

and so on with the lower generations.

For more explanations about all codes, look at the Tica codes site

 

SAVANNAH HISTORY:

In the mid 80's, Judee Frank achieved the first breeding with an African Serval and a domesticated cat. The F1 female that was born out of this breeding was named Miracle and then eventually named Savannah. This is the official name of this fascinating and exotic breed today. Savannah produced several more litters and the females kittens were also used to establish the first recorded Savannah litters that laid the groundwork for this breed. Patrick Kelly and Joyce Sroufe started breeding with these first Savannah kittens. Both approached more breeders to breed Savannahs. In 1996 a few breeders submitted an application to have the Savannah recognized by the International Cat association (Tica) but the Tica board placed a moratorium on accepting any new breeds. In the year 2000 the moratorium was lifted by the Tica board and the Savannah cat could applay for the registration status.In 2001 the Savannah was accepted for domestic registration and Tica granted them Experimental New Breed Status.In the few short years since TICA first accepted Savannahs for registration as domestic cats, Savannahs have advanced from "Experimental New Breed Status" to "Preliminary New Breed Status" and are very close to fulfilling the requirements necessary to establish themselves in the “Advanced New Breed” category. Savannah Breeders have their future set on achieving “Championship” status and are confident that this major milestone will also be accomplished in the very near future.

The goal from breeders is to breed SBT Savannahs (Stud Book Traditional). SBT = the cat has no cats which are unknown, unregistered, or another breed or breed group within a standard three generation pedigree.

Difference between a Serval and a Savannah to understand

Click here to see a lot of Savannah pictures to see how it is to live with a Savannah

Click here if you want to understand the genetics in Savannah breeding

Left; Lequoia Dubai, Black smoke. Right Lequoia Yuka, silver Black spotted tabby. Both daughters from Spock (black smoke)
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Tica accepts 4 colors; black, brown spotted tabby, silver spotted tabby and black smoke. The coloring ranges from a warm golden background to a cool brown/gray or tan colored background with really black to dark brown spots. The eye color should be a rich yellow, green, golden or caramel brown. Sometimes the Savannah will produce a marble (classic pattern) or other colors. Look at the Tica breed standards or look at the Tica registration codes . This will explain more about the Tica codes ( AON, BOP, COP etc.) in the pedigree.

sv1The Savannah is a spotted, tall, long and slender cat with a long neck, long legs and big ears. It will be two years before they get their full height and length and they put on muscle for another year. Approximately within 3 years they are done growing.

If you consider to buy a Savannah, please check your state laws to see if Savannah's are allowed. You will be a responsible owner for checking your local and state laws

Hybrid State laws: www.hybridlaw.com

 

Having a new cat of any breed is an exciting time.  Your Savannah will be your friend and companion for the next 10,20 years. A Savannah is a very special cat indeed. Owing to its roots of the African Serval, your kitten is more likely to be able to jump and climb higher, open doors, open drawers, open cabinets and get into other mischief more than many other domestic cat breeds. This is the nature of a Savannah. They have an abundance of energy and bond very deeply with their owners.

As your Savannah becomes part of your family, there are a few items to consider:
NEVER, EVER LET YOUR SAVANNAH OUTSIDE LOOSE. A SAVANNAH IS AN INDOOR CAT ONLY AND WILL NEVER RETURN WHEN LOOSE OUTSIDE. ONLY OUTDOOR SUPERVISED IN A SECURE CAT HARNESS WITH A LEASH OR IN A SECURE OUTDOOR ENCLOSURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Several pet owners who didn’t follow this advice lost their beloved pet forever. Savannah’s are one of a kind in cat breeds and doesn’t act like a domestic. The Serval blood in them will take over and the cat will run very fast and will roam away from the house to be lost forever….We highly recommend to micro-chip your Savannah.

 

SAVANNAH SIZE

Their weight and height depends to a certain extent on how far the generation is from the wild Serval, the breeding program and whether male or female.

These are not guaranteed sizes or weights just and approximate what the Savannah can be as an adult.

F1 males can weigh between 17-25 lbs and can be approximate. 16-18 inches tall measured at the shoulder. F1 females will be smaller in size and can be 13-19 lbs. F2 males can weigh 16-23 lbs and can be approximate 15-18 inches tall measured at the shoulder. F2 females will be smaller and can be approximate 12-16 lbs. F3 males can be between 12 and 14 lbs and can be approximate 14 -16 inches tall measured at the shoulder. F3 females will be smaller and can be about 12-14 lbs. F4-F5 males can be 14-18 lbs and can be 13-15 inches measured at the shoulder. F4-F5 females can be approximate 9-13 lbs and approximate 10-14 inches measured at the shoulder. F6 males can be between 10-15 pounds and can be 13-15 inches measured at the shoulder. F6 females can be 9-13 lbs and approximate 9-13 inches measured by the shoulder.

 

SAVANNAH CHARACTER:

The Savannah character is very affectionate and outgoing, very dog-like personality.They are assertive, very intelligent and like to investigate a lot of areas and then get into trouble easily because of their curiosity.They are apt to follow owners around the house, play fetch and exhibit other intelligent behaviors. They do posses a great ability to jump to very high places and can be extraordinary escape artists. Savannahs are known to have lots of energy and often get along well with other pets such as cats and dogs. With their long legs they are very fast and love to run as fast as they can in the house. Savannahs socialize with other people, other animals and will follow you everywhere you go. They are very energetic and can play for hours. They love to fetch and will make that clear to you by teaching you the game. Savannahs are very athletic and like to sit up high and dive sometimes into toilet bowls when the lid is not down. Many Savannahs are not afraid of water and love to put their toys or paws in their water bowls or try to take showers with you.They jump on high cabinets, cupboards, doors etc. If you are sure that the Savannah is the right companion for you, consider that you have to put away precious things where Savannahs can reach them like things what can break easy, expensive collectable's, glass etc. They love to open every cabinet door if possible and climb into washers, dryers and refrigerates, bags etc. Don't be surprised when you are missing pens, socks or other items, the Savannah will have them for sure or hide it somewhere and then look very innocent at you. The Savannah loves to sit on your lap and cuddle but is definitely not a couch potato !

 

More info about Feline vaccinations:

http://www.dvmvac.com/FVTypes.shtml

 

HOW MUCH FUN IS A SAVANNAH ?

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Savannahs also love to sit with you when you are at the computer and help you in anyway they can. Savannahs have a lot of humor and when you appreciate it, you will laugh a lot. They really want to be with people and are pretty persistent to get their ways and to get your attention. They can be leash trained in a special harnas for outdoor walks. Savannahs are very expressive cats and you must open yourself to being trained as well as doing the training.

It is not recommended to have a Savannah roam free outside. They are too expensive for that or can be confused for a wild animal outside. These are indoor cats. An outdoor kennel will give them the freedom to go out in a secure area.

You will have as much fun discovering the Savannah as they will discovering you !!!!

 

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