The Savannah cat, as the name suggests, is a feline breed that has a wild nature and looks reminiscent of a lion, as its oldest ancestor is the Serval. It is a rather recent cross that has become immensely popular, thanks to the unique physical and dimensional characteristics that this cat has. Let’s find out more in this dedicated guide.
The savannah cat is a hybrid of the Serval and the domestic cat which maintains all the physical characteristics of a wild feline. The story of him is long and fascinating: the first example of a savannah cat was obtained in 1986 from Judee Frank from the intersection of a Siamese female and a male serve him.
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The official recognition of the breed, however, took place only in 2001 when a classification based on generations was also established:
- F1 are the specimens of first generationmuch more like serval
- F2 they are the second generation savannahs, with 25% of the serval’s gene pool
- F3, F4, F5 they are the next generation of Savannah cats that reflect the morphological qualities of the serval respectively for 12, 6 and 5%.
The first and only breeding in Italy is that of Renata Mestichelliformerly a breeder of the other Ragdoll breed.
Savannah cat: appearance
Finding him in Italy is really rare, but crossing his magnetic eyes is an unforgettable experience.
The size they vary a lot according to the generation they belong to, or rather the percentage of morphological characteristics of serval present in the genetic profile of the animal.
- The largest specimens are those of the F1 generation and the F2 males that grow more than double the size of a common domestic cat, coming to weigh well 15 kg for a length that can exceed one meter.
- The largest Savannah cat specimen is in the desert of Serengeti and weighs 18 kg for 120 centimeters in length.
With these physical characteristics and the wildness than its own, this animal can safely jump over 2 meters in height with a single leap. The body is slender, the legs long, powerful and muscular, the coat generally colored brown-orange with large black spots.
Savannah cat: character
Having this cat wandering around the house or lying on the sofa is like having a little leopard who is just waiting to be cuddled and invited to play.
Beyond its sly and wild appearances, the savannah is a playful, curious and affectionate, lover of company and very sociable even with strangers. He is also the ideal companion for children with whom he tends to relate in an affectionate and extremely positive way.
Savannah cat: education
If well trained from the first months of life, the savannah cat will tend to develop a character obedient and devoted towards the master.
- His love for his family and his master will result in continuous expressions of affection that will almost leave his own to be forgotten wild origins.
- In the game, he shows a natural propensity to bring back objects and toys almost like a dog and allows himself to be accompanied outside leash without making a fuss.
- He loves the canned food and every now and then he willingly accepts a baby bath. For the care of the coat, the ideal is brush it occasionally and wipe it with a soft cloth soaked in warm water and vinegar.
- Given its size and physical characteristics, it needs large enough space to move around, but in apartment life it is as easily manageable as any other cat.
Savannah cat: price
The price of a savannah cat varies according to the ‘F’ to which it is registered and the number that indicates the degree of wildness and therefore of direct descent from the serval. On average, the cost of a specimen is around 20,000 $.
The breed, in fact, is relatively new and savannah males remain sterile up to the fifth generation; to this we must add that the pregnancy in females it lasts over 80 days and that during gestation or after birth not all puppies (at most 3) can survive.
For all these reasons, it is undoubtedly one of the most expensive and rare pets in the world.
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