Information about the Savannah Cat
The Savannah Cat
By chance the first F1 Serval Hybrid came to be when a wild Serval met a domesticated cat. The wild Servals' environment is the African Savannah and that's where the name comes from. By means of outcross procedures other cat breeders were crossed into Savannah race for about 25 years because the first Branch Generation of the male Savannahs weren't fertile.
Ideally Savannahs are big, slim built and do have long legs. They also have got a longer neck, a tiny triangular head, big high standing ears with spots and a long trail. Savannah kittens wear a camouflage fur which points to its origin. The development of their fur dress is reached after about 18 months.
Character of a Savannah Cat
As for their character, Savannahs don't behave like typical cats. This you should know before getting one. Davannah Cats are conditioned on us. You can consider them as your “shadow” in a way... they are always looking for proximity. Savannahs are fond of children. They like dogs. They love water. Yes, that's right you read....Water! Imagine that you are going to take bath. In this case you should be fast, because your Savannah will try to jump into the bathtub as well.They are highly intelligent and demand a lot of movement. Retrievingworks without training. Jump of the stall isn't difficult, that means, no obstacle is too high. Savannahs don't hide from visitors but they will welcome them. They are social animals and, in a way, like dogs in a “cat costume”.
Nutrition of a Savannah Cat
Nutrition of our Savannahs means biological species-appropriate crude fats. The “menu” is: day-old chicks, chicken hearts, rabbits, beef, game meat, oxen, turkey, chicken quail, fish, lamb, goat and horse. If you decide to feed offal, you should limit yourself to heart. Live and kidney mastly save environmental toxins. Necessary for the bone construction is magnesium and calcium. Savannahs should be given whole chicken legs. Long bones of poultry don't hurt them. They can handle it. This sounds costly for you I guess, butt we try to reproduce species-appropriate raw food as much as possible.Savannahs are fond of goat milk. It's the best breast-milk substitute. Adult cats love it, too! You can give them yoghurt, quark and cottage cheese. NEVER EVER feed raw pork. It can transmit the Aujeszky's disease. This disease is deadly to cats. You shouldn't feed only standart dry food. Standard dry food with hugh meat content can be given as treats. Always make sure that enough fresh water is available. You may animate your darling with a drinking fountain.
Embossing and Socialization of a Savannah Cat
Embrossing phase begins after the 4th week of life.
We breeders help the cat mother to prepair the kitten for a life with humans. The little Savannahs lean a lot, they start to eat and become housebroken. We caress them and play with them a lot, so they get used to it. Starting from the 8th week they are socialized until 16th week. During this time it is easy for them to get used to human beings. Savannah kitten go through life without fear and are very related to “trheir” people. You will be amazed what awonderful relationship of trust you will have with her or him.
Foundation of a Savannah Cat
Foundation (F) defines the kindship degree to the Serval.
F1-F4 are considered as Serval Hybrids. Beginning from F5 they are considered as a domestic cat and you can keep them without any requirement. Concering F1 , the Serval is the father,
in F2 he is the grandfather and in F3 great-grandfather.
Beginning from F5 you are able to breed purebred Savannah Cats.
“A” means: only one parent is Savannah
“B” means: both parents are Savannahs
“C” means: both parents and grandparents are Savannahs
“SBT” means: all ancestors of the last 3 generations are Savannahs
Breed standard of a Savannah Cat
The anatomy of the Savannahs is amazing. It is very different to domestic cats. They are tall, long and slim. Hind legs are long, the back is long and hanging. Her gait is elegant and reminiscent of creeping big cats. Extremely well musclingprovides them with physical superiority: they are very strong and powerful. They do not suffer from obesity because they move a lot. They aren't “coach potatoes” at all.
Their head is small and oblong and triangular.
Dark tear lines reinforce the wildcat like impression. Their neck is long and they have got big ears, decorated with wild spots.
We appreciate a long trail even if breed standaed demands a short one. Savannah Cats look bigger and more elegantly if long-trailed. Beautiful round spots should decorate their fur.
Breed standard allows the following colours:
brown black spotted tabby, silver black spotted tabby, black (melanistic) and black smoke.
“Snow” as a colour isn't tolerated and does not exist in our breeding cats as a gene.
You mustn't couple Savannahs with domestic cats in order to keep racial purity and to establish this beatiful beings in Germany.
!!! Attention !!!
Holding conditions for Europe
Only for Savannah Cats F1-F4 (Serval hybrids)
!!! No rules for F5 Savannah Cats !!!
Switzerland: subject information animal welfare restrictions on breeding and keeping of wild hybrids concerning dogs and cats
France: You can only keep Serval with expertise and approval but there are no requirements for the keeping of Savannahs
Denmark: No legal regulation for hybrids
Poland: No legal regulation for hybrids
Norway: It isn't allowed keeping F1-F4 but you can have F5 and further generations.
Finland: No legal regulation for hybrids
Lithuania: No legal regulation for hybrids
Austria: Beginning from F5 you may keep Savannahs. Keeping Caracat or Bengal isn't allowed from F1-F4
Netherlands: No legal regulation for hybrids
Belgium: Wildcat license required for keeping F1 Savannahs
Czech Republic: No legal regulation, no bans, no compulsory registration
Sweden: You mustn't keep F1-F4. F5 and further generations are tolerated.
Italy: No legal regulation, no bans, no compulsory registration
Spain: No legal regulation, no bans, no compulsory registration
CURRENT STATUS 2018
The contest have been carefully
checked but there is no guarantee of accuracy.