The Generations

The Foundation of the Savannah cat is the Serval.

The Serval is the ancestor of the Savannah cat. The Serval is crossed with an ordinary house cat and here the Savannah originated.

The first generation savannahs are commonly known as the Filial savannahs. You see that the term F1, F2, F3, F4 and F5 etc are used. The “F” does not state as many people think for Foundation (Foundation) but for Filial (generation). The “F” stands for generation of. F1 (Filial 1) means 1 generation of something removed, F2 means 2 generations of something removed, F3 generation means 3 generations of something removed, etc. .

In the case of the Savannah breed, the term is used to show generations of the Savannah cat that it is removed from the Serval (the Foundation cat). When we talk about F1 we are talking about a Savannah whose father is a Serval. The mother cat (no matter which generation it is) is thus covered by a serval. The cat is thus a 1st generation after the Serval.

When we talk about a F2 Savannah, we are talking about a cat whose grandfather is a Serval. The mother cat is himself an F1 savannah and is covered by a Savannah stud (generation from F5, but no matter which generation. For the percentage of Serval blood and the format prefer an F5 than a lower generation stud. But it remains a F2 Savannah even if they are covered by a F7.

If we are talking about a F3 Savannah then we are talking about a cat whose great grandfather is a Serval. The mother is always a F2 Savannah etc. Each Filial (generation) contains a certain percentage of serval blood and a percentage of domesticated cat.

A Serval with an F1 Savannah gives a higher percentage of wild blood than a serval with another domesticated cat. This is of course quite simple to explain, because in an F1 Savannah already at least 50% Serval blood is present and in the domesticated cat this percentage is o%.

With a cross between a serval and a higher generation Savannah, you can come to an F1 with 75% Serval blood. These Savannah cats are therefore bigger and come closer to the Serval. Also in terms of character and appearance, they appear more like their ancestor. For a 75% Savannah percentage, however, they are also more difficult to keep in their homes, because the behavior of the Serval has also been bred for 75% in the cat.

The aim of a good Savannah breeder is to obtain the beautiful appearance and the great and a piece of character of the Serval only then in a lower generation. In fact, we try to breed a cat that looks like an African Serval only than one that has left all the “negative” properties of the Serval behind. As far as you can speak of “negative” properties of course. We are talking about the natural traits of a serval that we would rather not see in the house, such as the demarcation of his territory (spraying) or the chewing of the bench because it resembles a soft prey.

Where all generations of female savannahs generally prove fruitful, the males are sterile (barren) up to the fifth generation (F5). All studs from F1 to F4 are to be castrated and sold as pets. It sometimes happens that an F4 hangover proves to be fruitful.

Savannah cats are then also covered by F5 (or lower generations, F6, F7, etc.) Savannah hangovers, or by another domesticated breed: Oriental Shorthair, Ocicat, Egyptian Mau and European Shorthair are recognized by TICA as permitted varieties, but beautiful cats were also obtained by crossing with Serengetis, Bengal and even Maine cancers (for the format) to name but a few, but these are now no longer allowed to use to breed Savannah cats.

Dedicated breeders are now making it possible in the near future to further improve the breed by using only Savannah X Savannah. F1 savannahs are rare and expensive. The initial crossing between Serval and domesticated cat is difficult, given the large difference in size between the two cats and also because there is a difference in gestation time between Serval and house cat (65 days for the latter and 66-77 days for the Serval). As a result, some F1 kittens may be prematurely born and need day and night care.

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