The Savannah is a domestic hybrid cat breed. It is created by crossing the wild Serval cat with a domestic cat. Created in 1986, this is one of the newest cat breeds. The first Savannah breed cat was also named Savannah and the domestic breed was a Siamese cat. This kind of crossing became popular among the cat breeders, but it was not until 2001 when the International Cat Association accepted it as a new breed.
Want to adopt one? Get ready to spend up to $ 20 000, even more depending on the genetic influence of the Serval. These cats are very difficult to breed and also there is very small breeding pool. Currently they are illegal in New York City, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Georgia.
This cat cat jump 8 feet from a stand still. Savannahs jump higher than any other cat breed. They are incredibly beautiful cats. This is also the heaviest cat – up to 30 pounds. They look like a wild cat. Size is very dependent on generation and sex, with F1 hybrid male cats usually being the largest, because of the stronger genetic influence of the African serval ancestor. Their size may vary even in a single litter because of different factors in Savannah breed genetics.
There is no standard for the coat color, depending much on the domestic breed. Early generations have more lighter coat with darker spots. Breeders often use other wild spotting breeds – Bengal or Egyptian Mau for crossing to keep the coat decorations in the next generations.
Savannahs have tall, deeply-cupped wide rounded erect ears, a feature inherited by the Serval, used as a radar for detecting other animals.
They have also very long legs allowing them to jump high. Another unique trait of the Savannah is it’s hooded eyes that are flat across the top. Their eyes are also very distinct and very beautiful – with a “boomerang” shape, and a hooded brow to protect them from harsh sunlight.
Of course all these features may vary, depending on the generation.
Savannahs are much more social than typical domestic cats, and they are often compared to dogs in their loyalty. They can be trained to walk on a leash and even taught to play fetch. Exposure to strangers can make them more social as some of them are hiding when seeing other people – much like dogs. These cats are also known for their high intelligence. They are also very curious and seek adventures when possible.
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