The Savannah cat is a hybrid cat between an African Serval and a domestic cat. Savannah gets its name after the Serval habitat in Africa. Her name is synonymous with her engrossing appearance like the beauty of the golden plains of Africa. In terms of physicality, this little one does not change like his wild ancestors, which is slim and tall. It has long limbs, a large pair of ears, and even a long neck.
A fur coat that shows a unique pattern. This breed is a domestic version of a smaller African Serval with about half the weight or less. Moreover, this friendly and loving attitude has attracted the interest of the public to preserve it. It is also easy to get along with other pets and older children.
Historically, the first known breeding of Savannah cats was in the early 1980s by Judy (or Judee) Frank, a Bengal breed breeder located in Pennsylvania. In the early 1990s, Patrick Kelley, founder of Savannahcat.com, asked Joyce Sroufe to help him develop a breed with him using cats from the first breed hybrid. After many attempts, their efforts to convince The International Cat Association to accept the new breed were as successful as they were to produce the Savannah breed as they are now.
In addition, a male of the fifth generation and below is infertile until the sixth generation is removed from both Servals (Mother and Father). A female is very fertile from the first generation. The breed from F1 has one (parent) serval and one (parent) domestic cat that is 50% Serval. The next generation is bred with the father of the Savannah cat (starting F6 onwards, many more generations are released). After the F4 generation, this breed has become more friendly, active to play and easier to train.
Physically, the body of this cat is very slender and tall compared to other domestic cats. This breed has a spotted coat that is so attractive and amazing that it makes this beautiful animal look like a small cheetah. This pup can grow up to a height of 17 inches at the shoulder and it has already been named the tallest domestic cat in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
A male weighs 11 kg, while a female weighs only 6 kg. Height and weight are highly dependent on this generation of cats to their ancestors. The fur coat colors for a CFA -recognized Savannah are black, tabby brown, tabby silver, and smoke black. The hair is only short but dense indicating it is very easy to care for with weekly care only. Another unique feature that can separate Savannah cats from other breeds, is their eyes. Savannah’s eye color often reflects the color of her fur coat.
- Weight: 5 – 13 kg
- Coat length: Short
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Black, brown tabby, silver tabby, and black smoke.
- Pattern: Spotted Cheetah coat
This little one is praised by the crowd because he can be your great good friend. It is easy to get along with other pets such as dogs and cats. Plus, they love to interact with the owner and most likely when he or she really likes you, he or she will follow you around the house without feeling tired. It wants to be a part of all the activities you do. Furthermore, this breed often wants your attention only when it feels the need for that attention. Savannah will come close to you and if you sit on the couch, she will jump into your lap and ask to be petted.
Savannah cats have a “dog -like” temperament because they love to play and can be trained to walk with a leash. You can train him to do tricks and even give him an interactive toy to train his mind. It is not surprising that these cats have gained popularity quickly.
Next, this breed is very easy to get along with other dogs and cats. It is also ideal for those of you who have a variety of pets. Savannah also praised for her good attitude towards children.
- Lifespan: 13 to 20 years
- Intelligence: High
- Active: High
- Vocals: High
Savannah cats are generally healthy and should be given regular veterinary preventive care visits and treatments. Among the diseases that can be suffered by this child are as follows:
- Eyes: Glaucoma, Cataracts, Entropion, and Conjunctivitis
- Infectious diseases: Toxoplasmosis or chlamydia
- Kidney disease
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
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