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The Savannah Cat

| September 16, 2014
The Savannah Cat - AmazingGrace Tathinina of Kirembo, aka Nina, she's a 62.5% F1

The Savannah Cat

 

Please note:  The Serval, from which the Savannah is a hybridized making, is a CITES controlled species. This is fine if you live in America where the Serval is not indigenous, but is not fine in South Africa where it is indigenous. Therefore the Savannah is not a legal breed in South Africa, and the Department of Environmental Affairs will confiscate any upon arrival.  Please be aware that there are several scams on the internet at the moment advertising Savannah cats in South Africa !!!

Character: They are a very sociable, interactive cat but not in general a “lap cat”. They are often termed “dog-like” as they love to follow you around the house, they come when called, fetch toys for hours and will happily go for walks with you on the leash. They make a wonderful companion that bond deeply with their family.

Care: As a short-haired cat they do not require much grooming

The Savannah is a new domestic breed developed from an original cross between the African Serval and the domestic cat. It is registrable in The International Cat Association (TICA) where the permissible outcrosses are the Egyptian Mau, the Oriental Shorthair and the Domestic Shorthair.

Development of the breed is generally hampered by infertility of the male progeny until they have reached five generations from the Serval. Recently more of the precious F5 generation males have been produced and the Breed is going to benefit from the SV to SV matings that are now possible.

Savannahs are a long, lean and Serval looking cat. They have large upright ears and bold dark spots along with a distinctive face with boomerang-shaped eyelids over jeweled-toned eyes. They are a very high-energy cat, and along with the long legs come an ability to leap to practically any level or shelf in your house! Although not destructive, they are extremely active and may knock things over with their legs on their way through at great speed.

Savannahs may look amazing, but their true appeal is their personality. They are a very sociable, interactive cat but not in general a “lap cat”. They are often termed “dog-like” as they love to follow you around the house, they come when called, fetch toys for hours and will happily go for walks with you on the leash. They make a wonderful companion that bond deeply with their family.

As a short-haired cat they do not require much grooming. Servals hunt in water and often you will find your Savannah loves water too. Many owners report their SVs joining them in the bath or shower.

Highly intelligent and curious, some require child-proof locks to keep them out of cupboards, especially where the kitty treats are kept. In general, they are not very vocal but do communicate with soft cries and chirps. Although very sociable and interactive, they are not “needy” cats and do not overwhelm their owners. But be warned, if you ignore them for too long you may find that they have created their own entertainment with a “toy” you may not have realized was for them!

Ratings out of 10

Compatibility:-Children – 8
(small children should be supervised with ANY kitten, and cats should always be played with a wand toy and not the hands!)

Compatibility: – Other Pets – 8
(SVs do well with other high-energy cats or patient personality cats, they do well with dogs but are not recommended to live with birds)

Grooming – SVs are very low maintenance.

Affection – 7
They are loving and demonstrative but not the type to want to cuddle on your lap all the time

Playfulness – 10

Attention Need – 8
They are not needy per se, but love to play and will want you to pick up toys to play

Healthiness – 9
There are no diseases currently associated with the breed, other than those that may be carried by the outcross breeds used.

Independence – 8
Independent but not solitary cats.

Activity Level – 10
SVs are always ready to play

Vocality – 4
Expressive when they need to be, but not very loud or persistent

Intelligence – 9
They are good at problem solving. Many SV owners have had to change doorknobs in their houses!

Savannah profile and photos
by Brigitte Cowell from Kirembo Savannahs

Copyright & Credit:
Breed Profile and Photos copyright & courtesy: :by Brigitte Cowell from Kirembo Savannahs – www.kirembosavannahs.com | kirembosavannahs.blogspot.com

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