Savannah

Behaviour/Adaptability

The savannah cat is the result of a hybrid cross between the domestic cat and the African serval. African serval. This breed is sociable with other pets, very intelligent and is intelligent and is always ready to greet its owners with friendly head bumps. They like to interact a lot with their owners and are known to follow them around the house. They like to interact a lot with their owners and have been known to follow them around the house. They will want affection, perhaps only when they are ready, not before. Savannah cats, like Bengals, are known to enjoy water.

Details

Savannah cats are a large, athletic breed that are especially affectionate with their owners, but can be a little standoffish with strangers. Learn more about this intelligent cat. Tall and elegant, the Savannah cat was first introduced in the late 20th century. Savannahs are actually a hybrid breed, the result of breeding a Siamese cat with a wild serval. And that wildness is on full display: The breed retains the large pointed ears, long legs and spotted coat of its African feline heritage, while maintaining the friendly demeanour of a domestic pet. One thing to know about Savannahs: These kittens are big. Adult Savannah cats can grow up to 17 inches and weigh 25 pounds, depending on the generation. First-generation crosses (called F1 and F2) are usually larger than later crosses and have beautiful spotted coats in shades of brown, tan and black. Later generations are further removed from their wild ancestor, but retain the colours and patterns of the earlier generations, only they are smaller and a little more docile. Savannah cats are loyal, intelligent and curious, but may not be the best choice for first-time cat owners. Although introduced a couple of decades ago, Savannah cats remain a relatively rare breed. Some states even have restrictions on them, often depending on the generation. Before bringing home a Savannah cat, it is wise to check state ordinances. Talk about elegance The Savannah cat’s tall, slender body and striking spotted coat make these magnificent animals look like miniature cheetahs. Savannah cats can grow up to 17 inches tall and have been crowned the world’s tallest domestic cat by the Guinness Book of World Records. Male savannahs can weigh up to 25 pounds, while females can weigh as little as 12 pounds. Their height and weight depend entirely on the number of generations of a cat’s wild serval ancestor. The recognised coat colours of the Savannah are black, brown brindle, silver brindle and smoke black. Their coat is short, dense and very easy to maintain with a quick brushing every week. Another trait that separates Savannah cats from other breeds: Their eyes. Slightly hooded and almond-shaped with a dark line at the tear duct, the Savannah’s eyes give it a striking, friendly yet piercing look. Eye colour often reflects coat colour, but not always.
Heather Tarticchio, a TICA-registered Savannah cat breeder, says it’s important to do your research before bringing home a kitten.
“There are many generations, sizes and personalities that come with [Savannah cats],” she says. “Make sure you know which generation is right for you.”

Breed Characteristics:
Coat Type: Short coat with a unique spotted pattern.
Colours & Body Type: Due to her close relation to the African Serval, the Savannah cat is notably tall and sleek. Her long legs and athletic grace means you may often find her in high places. She looks like a small cheetah due to her distinctive spotted patterning.
Grooming Needs: Low – weekly brush.
Similar Breeds: Bengal, Ocicat, Egyptian Mau, Toyger.
Vital Stats:
Height: 35 to 43 cm
Weight – Female: 7 to 8 kg
Weight – Male: 7 to 9 kg
Health Profile: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Male sterility.
Life Span: 12 to 20 Years

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