|What is a Savannah Cat?|
The Savannah Cat is a Hybrid offspring of the African Serval. Pictured right is an African Serval born and raised in the UK by Gayzette Savannahs. His name is Asita and is the father of the F1 Savannah Kittens shown directly below.
What does the Savannah Cat look like?
When a Serval Cat mates with any ordinary domestic cat, they can produce hybrid Savannah kittens. That mating is generally called F1 Savannahs in the cat world.
F1 Savannah hybrid cats are very similar to Servals. They will generally inherit the large Serval ears, slightly smaller in size with a beautifully spotted coat. To own an F1 Savannah Kitten in the UK a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence is required. F2 Savannah kittens (Grand father is a Serval and mother is an F1 Savannah Female) are classed as general domestic cats in the UK with loving dog like temperaments.
Savannahs Cats are considered by some to be one of the larger breeds of domesticated cats. The savannah's tall and slim build gives the appearance of greater size than their actual weight.
Size is very dependent on F1 hybrid and F2 hybrids are usually the largest, due to the stronger genetic influence of the African Serval ancestor. Male Savannah Cats tend to be larger than females Savannah cats.
Early generation Savannah Cats may weigh 20 to 30 lbs, with the higher weight usually attributed to the F2 or F3 males. Later generation Savannah Cats are usually between 12 to 20 lbs.
Because of the random factors in Savannah hybrid genetics, there can be significant variation in the size of a Savannah Cat, even in one litter. F1 hybrid male Savannah cats usually being the largest.
The coat of a Savannah depends a lot on the breed of cat used for the domestic cross.
Early generations have some form of dark spotting on a lighter coat, and many breeders employ "wild" looking spotted breeds such as the Bengal and Egyptian Mau for the cross to help preserve these markings in later generations.