Savannah is a breed that comes from a crossing between the african
Serval and a domestic cat (chosen according to specific characteristics).
The first Savannah ever was created during the 1980s by breeder
The breed's name, Savannah, comes from the african savannah,
from where originates the Serval. This name was given by Suzie
Mustacion, who adopted the first Savannah, which came from Judee.
are a replica of the Serval, a wildcat. Savannahs inherited
it's beauty, elegance and wild looks, but combine those attributes
with the more reasonable size and behaviour of a domestic cat.
first generation, a direct hybrid of the african Serval and
a domestic pure breed cat, is called F1. Normally, generations
go from F1 to F5. Males are sterile until the 5th generation.
Depending on the generation selected, the percentage of Serval
characteristics will differ:
(1st generation) > 50
F2 (2nd generation) > 25
F3 (3rd generation) > 12
F4 (4th generation) > 6
F5 (5th generation) > 3
Savannah is smaller than the Serval, in average around 20-25
pounds, it can go up to 32 pounds but is mainly more tame. The
Savannah is the tallest cat to have been raised up to this day.
require no special treatment, they simply are domestic cats
with an exotic allure. The Savannah will use litter and get
along perfectly with other domestic animals, be it a dog or
a cat, as well as with children. It eats regular high-protein, grain-free
cat food (like Evo and Fromm for cats and kittens)
dry or moist.
are highly intelligent cats, and are given the nickname of «dog-cats»
due to their personality. They can be walked with a leash, they
love car rides and really thrive on fetching their favorite
toys. Savannahs love water, they can even jump into the bath
or take a shower with you. Their fur is like velvet and they
hardly lose any hair. They have a lot of energy and are very
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The Serval (Leptailurus Serval, formerly called Felis
Serval) is a medium-sized african feline. It is the direct
ancester of the Savannah.
The Serval measures about 26 to 40 inches long and it's tail
goes up to 10 to 14 inches. The Serval's height ranges from
21 to 24 inches and it's weight can vary from 20-40 pounds for
males, and 20-28 for females. The Serval has long legs and an
elongated head. It's ears are both wide and long, in comparison
to the head, and are rounded at their edges. The Serval has
ocelli behind it's ears, which put predators under the impression
that they are observed. The aspect of the Serval's fur can vary:
most of them will show multiples dots or spots that look like
those of a leopard, others simply display spots around the eyes
and rings along the tail. There also exists Servals which are
entirely black, as well as some that are entirely white, but
those are extremely rare. Only 2 white Servals remain on the
Picture of the black Serval by Allison Navarro
- Jewels of the Nile
The Serval, fairly common in Africa, mainly evolves in humid
Savannahs. Since Servals require water courses on their territory,
they cannnot be found in semi-deserts. The Serval has an aptitude
for climbing and swimming.
Servals are carnivorous, mostly feeding on mammals such as antelopes,
hares, rodents and birds.
Servals are sometimes the prey of leopards, but humans are a
far more menacing danger to it's survival. Servals have been
extensively hunted for their fur. They can still be found in
East and West Africa, but they have disappeared from the province
of Cap in South Africa and their presence is gradually diminishing
at the north of Sahara.
I've had the chance to see Servals with my own eyes, their looks
and size are very impressive. I was even able to play with a
baby Serval (10 weeks old). Baby Servals are very playful and
they love company, but starting around the age of 6 months,
their wild side takes over and it then becomes more difficult
to approach them.
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