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.