A great active housemate, the pearl among cats.

The emergence of the Savannah

A Savannah cat is a cross between a domesticated cat and the serval, a medium-sized wild African cat with large ears. The unusual cross became popular with breeders in the late 1990s, and in 2001 TICA recognized the species as a separate breed of cat. In May 2012, the breed was accepted as Championship Breed or the species can participate for points in the shows organized by TICA. Judee Frank, an American breeder, crossed a male serval with a Siamese to give birth to the world’s first Savannah cat on April 7, 1986.

In the year 2001 the Savannah was recognized by TICA, in May 2012 the breed was accepted as Championship Breed and Savannah cat can participate in TICA organized shows from 2012.






What is a Savannah SBT?

A Savannah SBT is a Savannah of at least generation F4 SBT where the parents and ancestors are Savannah. If a breeder breeds pure without crosses (with the exception of the serval) then you would encounter the generations below.

  • F1 A
  • F2 B
  • F3 C
  • F4 SBT
  • F5 SBT
  • F6 SBT
  • F7 SBT
  • F8 SBT

Physical appearance

The long and slender appearance of the Savannah cat gives the impression that the animal is bigger than they weigh. Size is very dependent on the generation and gender. Male F1 cats (Filial 1) are first generation cats, these are normally the largest. F1 and F2 cats are larger than subsequent generations because the genetic influence of the African serval as an ancestor is much greater in them than in later generations.

Male Savannahs are larger than the females. The first generations can weigh 9 pounds or more and F2 and F3 neutered cats can weigh the most, but these are exceptions. Later generations usually weigh between 3 and 13 pounds. Because different factors influence genes, Savannah cats can differ in size and weight, even in one litter.

A Savannah’s coat depends on the domesticated cat used for cross breeding. Earlier generations have some sort of black dots on a lighter coat. The TICA breeding standard describes a brown dotted stripe pattern (cold to warm brown, tinted or gold with black or dark brown dots) and a black smoke (black dotted silver with black dots).

In general, the appearance of individual Savannahs is highly dependent on the generation. The savannah’s wild appearance is caused by the presence of many Serval distinguishing features. The most prominent features are the different color patterns, the long body, the width of the animal, the erect ears, the very long legs, the thick swollen nose and sunken eyes.

The Savannah’s body is long and leggy when a Savannah is standing. His bottom is often higher than his shoulders. The shoulders can reach a height of 45 cm. The small head is longer rather than wide and stands on a long slender neck. A male usually weighs about 10 kg, while the females weigh about 8 kg.

The back of the Savannah’s ears have eye spots. A central light stripe bordered by black, dark gray or brown hairs provides this eye-like effect. The short tail has black rings, with a solid black tip. The eyes are blue when they are kitten (like other cat species) and can turn green, brown, gold, or a mixed shade when they are adults.  

Character and sound

Savannahs are often compared to dogs in loyalty. For example, they will follow their owners in and around the house, and they can also be trained to walk on a leash. Savannahs are described as very social and friendly, with new people, different cats or dogs an often noted trait of the Savannah is her jumping ability. They are known for jumping on doors, refrigerators and tall cabinets.

Some Savannahs can jump about eight feet from a standing position, Savannahs are also very curious. Many Savannah cats are not afraid of water and will play with this or even immerse themselves in water.

In terms of sounds, Savannahs will either chirp like their Serval fathers, or meow like their domesticated mothers, or chirp and meow. Sometimes they produce sounds that are a combination of the two. Chirping is more commonly observed in earlier generations. Savannahs can ‘hiss’ too


Nutrition and care

A Savannah is no different from a normal house cat, they need the same (inactive) vaccinations. Furthermore, you can have the Savannah eat the same as any other house cat. Of course, high-quality cat food is a requirement and additional feeding can be done through raw meat. A Savannah does not require any special care. The care that one would give to any other cat is also sufficient for a Savannah.

There is plenty of choice for raw feeding, such as chicken, rabbit, turkey, guinea fowl, hare, beef, lamb and also rats, mice and day-old chicks can be bought at the pet store. There is also ready-made raw frozen food, usually in the form of a sausage, available at the better pet shops. Carnibest is a well known one, but there are many brands, unfortunately not easily available everywhere.

NEVER give your cat pork or boar meat, this can be infected with the Aujeszki virus, once infected with it, it is always deadly and even within a maximum of 3 days. Symptoms: foam mouth, a lot of meowing, character changes and nervous disturbances

From our own experience we feed   True instinct & Ziwi combined with a number of times a week raw meat and frozen day-old chicks. Our cats are doing very well here. The day-old chicks bring out their natural hunting instinct