Savannah Cat Breed Information

Learn all about Savannah Cats, read about the Savannah Breed information, find out about the Savannah Breed Standard, Savannah behavior and lots more about Savannahs.

Savannah Cat Breed Introduction

The Savannah cat breed is a domestic-wild hybrid. To create Savannahs, cat breeders cross domestic cats of a variety of breeds with an African Serval, and usually then further cross the offspring with other domestic cats. The Serval is a wild animal common in sub-Saharan Africa, but it is sometimes also kept as a pet, and the Savannah breed is known as being very companionable with humans despite its wild ancestry.

Savannah Behavior/Personality

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

Though Savannahs have so much wild ancestry, they are remarkably loyal to their human companions. They tend to be energetically active, and also to get along well with other pets. Some people have also managed to train Savannah cats to do tricks.

Savannah Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Savannah breed based on information in Wikipedia, March 2006.
  • Head: longer than wide
  • Ears: spotted
  • Body: large, up to 32 pounds, smaller for females
  • Legs: long
  • Tail: short, about three-fourths as long as other cats' tails
  • Coat: usually spotted, though there is a variety of coat patterns, as well as colors

Savannah History

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

The Savannah cat breed is a relatively new and rare cat breed. The Savannah breed has been developed by cross-breeding domestic cats with Servals.

The Serval is a wild species of cat in Africa. In particular, they are found in East and West Africa, though only rarely are they found north of the Sahara. Servals are medium-sized, slim, with a short tail and spotted coat. They are fairly common on the savannahs of Africa, though they can also be found in mountainous regions. They absolutely do need water, so they are not found in deserts. They are hunted by leopards, but humans are their biggest predator. Their fur is prized by the hunters, and so the species has disappeared from areas where it once was common. While primarily wild cats, they have been kept as pets, including in the United States.

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