Savannah Cat (Domestic Cat + Serval)
An elegant cross between the domestic feline and a Serval, the Savannah cat is long and lean, with large ears and a long neck. Its coat is short to medium length, and is usually a beautiful golden or tawny coloured, with spots, and partial stripes. The Savannah is about half the weight or less than the Serval, and as a social breed, these stunning creatures get along well with other pets and with children. Savannahs are intelligent, affectionate, friendly, and playful – and they enjoy a LOT of attention from humans. People who have Savannahs as pets have noted they often follow their owners around everywhere and frequently like to bump heads with them! Like most felines, affection is nearly always on their terms though.
Savannahs are a relatively new breed, having been discovered for the first time in the 1980’s, when Pennsylvian breeder Judee Frank’s domestic cat gave birth to a kitten that was fathered by an African Serval. Female Savannahs are fertile – but males have to wait, they can’t sire offspring until they are six generations removed from their Serval parent.
Did you know Savannah’s took their name from the Serval’s natural habitat, the stunning golden plains in Africa? Their love of water most likely stems from their Serval heritage, yet despite their part-wild genetics, these gorgeous cats make lovely companions – and they even love to play fetch!