Savannah Spirit

Interesting Facts

It has already been mentioned that these cats love water, easily tolerate swimming and can even have fun with toys in the water.

What is more, Savannah cat is a travelling-lover. This pet can be easily taken along, if you have to travel by car. Moreover, the cat will stick his muzzle through the open window and enjoy the breeze. This trait is a long for freedom inherited from Serval.

Cats F1 (the first generation of crossing between a Serval and a domestic cat) are more mobile and active compared to F2 or F3. Taking into account the space of the house where the animal will live, it is necessary to choose particular version of the Savannah.


Over time this breed became popular among those nature lovers who got used to more conventional pets. After all, Savannah has a list of positive traits, despite its unique appearance and some waywardness.

The history of the breed began in the 1980s, the first specimen was born at the cattery of Frank - a genuine professional breeder of Bengals. The kitten was named Savannah, because this area in Pennsylvania is Serval's habitat. And then this name stuck to all cats of big and original breed.

What was the breeding process like? A female Serval cat is crossed with a male domestic cat. It results in the first generation of a hybrid, in which more than half of the blood belongs to wild Serval. The resulting animal (F1) is again crossed with a domestic cat, the second hybrid (F2) animal has almost one third of Serval blood. The third generation (F3), which is crossed according to the same pattern will have only 12% of the "wild" blood. Each next hybrid generation has more distinct similarity in terms of appearance with a domestic cat.


Another feature of breeding this cats is that only females can reproduce from the first generation, and males are unfortunately infertile.

Breeders sometimes experiment and try to cross a female of the first hybrid generation with a Serval. Presumably, it should result in exotic appearance and good behaviour of the domestic cat. But such an experiment does not always end with this result.

Hybrid kittens are not always "appreciated" by a female of wild Serval. In this case, the breeder has to face the consequences: to take care of the kittens himself, feed them and protect from diseases.

Officially Savannah received the status of a recognized breed quite recently, just in 2001. The standard was approved by such prominent breeders as Kelly and Sroufe. But even these standards provide only the basis, because the breed is not stable. A lot of work is now being done to get Savannah a champion status.