The Exotic Rare Breed Savannah Cat

Gifted with the exotic beauty of the spotted wild African serval but with the gentle temperament of your typical household cat, the Savannah cat is a relatively new breed, produced from a cross between an African Serval and a domestic cat, which hybrid lineage explains the paradox that surrounds the breed.

The Savannah cat is considered a very rare breed as there are currently very few Savannah cats in existence. With demand for these exotic beauties quite high, what litter of Savannah kittens Savannah cat breeders are able to develop quickly run out.

Savannah cats for sale are products of hard labor, seeing as how it is very difficult to breed a Serval with a domestic cat. While there is typically no trouble breeding a Serval with another Serval, the problem occurs when breeders try to pair up a Serval with a domestic cat. This should help explain why the Savannah cat is an expensive breed to purchase. It also sheds light on the high rarity index of Savannah cats in the world.

Origin

The first documented Savannah kitten was a hybrid female resulting from the union of Serval and domestic shorthair parents. The kitten, owned by Bengal breeder Judee Frank, was called “Savannah.”

The name of the breed was actually given in honor of Ms. Frank’s Savannah cat as well as the fact that the cat’s forebears call the savannahs or the grasslands of Africa their homes.

Later in 1989, exotic cat breeder Patrick Kelley purchased one of Savannah’s kittens and used it as basis for a new domestic breed of Serval/Domestic hybrid. At first, no breeder was interested in Kelley’s plan because of the difficulty in breeding a Serval with a domestic cat. However, the Savannah cat breeding plan finally pushed through when, after obtaining information from TICA, Kelley and one breeder, Joyce Sroufe, collaborated in founding the Savannah breed.

Although Patrick Kelley and Joyce Sroufe wrote the Savannah breed standard in 1996, it was not until 2000 when the TICA board finally accepted it with revisions and inputs from other breeders.

Today, the Savannah cat retains the distinction of being one of the rarest breed of domestic cats in existence. The breed is extremely hard to find. According to a report from the Savannah International Member & Breeder Association (SIMBA), the total population of Savannahs is estimated to be a little over 200.

Appearance

The Savannah cat is a relatively large breed of domestic cat. The rule is that the higher percentage of Serval blood the cat has, the bigger it is. Thus, it is not unusual to find F1 Savannah cats for sale measuring up to 30 cm from head to tail and weighing in at 15 to 20 lbs.

F1 Savannah cats for sale are either 50% Serval (with Serval and domestic cat parents) or more (with Serval and Savannah cat parents). On the other hand, F2 Savannahs are typically smaller, considering that their lineage leans more towards domestic. Still, whether F1 or F2, the Savannah cat is just slightly larger than a domestic cat.

Apart from its size, the most distinctive feature of the Savannah cat is its trademark spots, evidence of its Serval lineage. The Savannah cat also has distinctive “teardrop” markings on its face, specifically around the eyes, giving its face an exotic, mysterious look.

The ears are large and characteristically round, a feature that is present in Savannah kittens. The size of the ears is material to the cat’s keen sense of hearing, which enables it to hear its prey from a far distance.

Known for their beauty, Savannah cats are gracefully built, well-balanced, and having long tapering legs. The neck is long and slender, the tail long at about three quarter of a foot.