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Savannah silver spotted
A1 Savannahs Saharah of Savannicas F1
Owner: Monika Binder, Savannica's cattery, Remlingen, Germany
Breeder: Joyce Srouve, NewHorizon cattery, B-J Game farm, Ponca City, Oklahoma, USA
 

Pattern and colour

The coat is spotted with relatively large spots being in extreme contrast to the gold to orange or silver ground colour. Spots are round, oval or elongated. Stripes are running from the top of the head down the neck to the shoulders and slightly fan out to the back. On the legs the spots are smaller.

There are 4 colour variants:

  • solid black, ideally there should be black spots on a black background.
  • brown spotted, spots are dark brown to black on a gold to orange ground.
  • silver spotted, spots are black on a silver-white ground.
  • black smoke.
Savannah brown spotted
Wild Side Chui F4
Breeder: Eva Rubin, Wild Side cattery, Flen, Sweden
 

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Breed profile

The Savannah is a tall lean cat with long legs, large ears and the same spotted coat as its ancestor, the Serval.

The head is, compared to the long and relatively large body, small, longer than broad with a long forehead. When viewed in profile the nose is straight, there is just a slight concave curve between the eyes, the nose is slightly turning down at the tip. The muzzle is longer and tapered.
The ears are really large, wide at the base, and have the characteristic ocelli-marking like is wild ancestor. The ears are high and close set. The eyes are almond and slanted and low set on the forehead.
The neck is long and graceful.
The body is longer, slender, but full of muscle power, the hip and the thigh are long and somewhat heavy compared to the rest of the body.
The legs are very long and slender, but athletic, and have oval paws with long toes.
The tail is medium long, only slightly tapered and very expressive.

The coat is striking with its spots. The coat is medium short, but lies close to the body, it has a slight coarse texture, while the undercoat is soft.

 

History

In the early 1980s Judy Frank was the first to cross a Serval with a domestic cat (Siamese). The first "Savannah", named after the habitat of the Serval, was named Surprise. Ten years later it was Joyce Srouve (BJ-Game Farm, New Horizon) who continued to develop the new breed together with Patrick Kelley with great success. The new breed was accepted for registration by TICA in 2001.
For breeding Savannahs Bengals, Agyptian Maus and Ocicat are used, because males of F1-F4 generation are mostly infertile.

 

Temperament

Even F1-generation Savannahs are lovely and handsome companions.
The Savannah has a very warm and affectionate temperament, but hold in mind, it is an active cat, is very fast, can overcome almost any fence and does jump very high. So make sure, your home is childproof, because Savannahs explore everything and like to play with everything. Toys should be tough and sturdy. A Savannah is not an outdoor cat! The cats also like to play with water and do not have shy at water or bath tubs. The cat is like a dog, it likes its owners and follows them wherever they go.

 

Grooming

The Savannah is an easy-going cat and does not need excessive grooming. But you will do the lustrous coat a great favour, if you brush it periodically, this will keep the coat shiny and will remove dead hairs.

 

 
 
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