1. What is a Savannah?
A Savannah is the name for a new breed that has been created by the breeding
of a Serval to a domestic cat. Savannahs may also be referred to as Serval
hybrids. The purpose of the breed is to provide people with a large cat
that looks like a Serval in body composition and coat pattern, but acts
like a domestic.
long has the breed been around?
Savannahs are still one of the newest breeds available. The first successful
mating of the Serval with a domestic cat was accomplished in the mid 1980's
by Judy Frank an inovative Bengal breeder. The breed got Registration Status
with The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1999 and Evaluation Status
with TICA in 2001.
there many available?
There are extremely limited numbers of Savannahs available throughout the
makes a Savannah the most desired feline?
Servals have long been admired for their magnificent beauty. They possess
an elegant golden coat marked with strikingly clear black spots. Not only
is their coat beautiful, but also their body type and personality. Many
states do not allow private ownership of exotic cats (Servals), but do allow
hybrids (Savannahs). Savannahs are smaller (approximately 25 pounds) and
more manageable than a Serval (do not require special diets or facilities).
Savannahs simply possess the beauty of the Serval, but are considered domestic.
Savannahs are the largest hybrid feline available. They are excellent with
other pets and children. Savannahs are extremely intelligent and "talk"
quite often. They create strong bonds with their owners. Savannahs are the
exotic feline of the 21st century!
are Savannah kittens ready to go to a new home?
Savannah kittens are typically ready to be shipped at approximately 8-12
weeks of age. This is so they can be fully vaccinated prior to leaving.
They then only need an annual booster.
Savannahs use a litterbox?
Yes. Just like other domestic cats, savannahs are usually litter box trained
prior to leaving for their new home. The kittens will use a litterbox as
faithfully as any domestics. Male kittens do need to be neutered to prevent
spraying even though they are sterile.
Savannahs really have a domestic personality?
Savannahs have a domestic "dog-like" personality. Owners have
reported that they are amazed with how their Savannah follows them around
the house and comes when his name is called.
do Savannahs cost more than Servals?
Servals themselves breed quite readily, whereas the crossing of species
between the Serval and domestics is extremely difficult. There are many
people attempting this cross; however, only a few breeders worldwide have
had any success. Years of time and money have been invested in what seems
to be the impossible. There are few first generation Savannahs in the world
and the demand for these exotic beauties is tremendous. One must also remember
that Servals almost always require a raw meat diet that can be quite costly,
whereas Savannahs eat a regular domestic cat diet.
Savannahs get along with children and other pets?
Introducing a Savannah to the household is like introducing any domestic
cat. The breed itself is extremely energetic, being very active and playful.
the Savannah breed recognized by any breed registries?
TICA accepts Savannahs for registration. Ask your breeder for details.
Savannahs have to be kept indoors?
No, they do not have to be kept indoors. However, breeders strongly urge
new owners to keep their Savannahs on a leash due to the fact that there
are often stray animals that carry various diseases.
kind of care is needed for a Savannah?
A Savannah can be treated just like any domestic cat. NO SPECIAL CARE IS
REQUIRED. A regular veterinarian is qualified to treat a Savannah. Savannahs
are vaccinated the same as domestic cats.
there a Savannah Standard?
Yes there is a Standard and it can be found on the TICA website by clicking