Our cattery is registered with TICA, WCF and the Savannah Cat Association.
The Savannah is an exotic, tall, elegant cat breed which has the African Serval as an ancestor, making its genes different from any other cat breed. The Serval is a wild medium-sized cat native to Africa, with large ears and black spots. The Savannah is one of the largest domestic cat breeds.
The appearance and the behaviour of Savannahs are highly influenced by their inherited Serval genes. In general, Savannahs have a striking dog-like personality and will become forever attached to their owners, following them around the house! They can be trained to walk on a leash and play fetch. Many Savannahs like to play with water, or even take a bath!
Adult Savannahs are able to jump very high, up to 7+ feet (or 2,2 meters). They possess a range of distinct vocal sounds, like chirping, a unique “meow”, and a loud hissing, all inherited from the Serval. They are very intelligent, playful, highly energetic, very outgoing, and get along well with other cats and dogs.
The Savannah breed is characterised by its tall and slim body, with an athletic, exotic build and long legs. They seem quite large, while their actual weight is less than what is assumed. TICA (The International Cat Association) recognises as standard the following colours: Brown spotted tabby, silver spotted tabby, black and smoke. The spots must be dark brown to black. Rossettes are not allowed. The ears are large, with ocelli to the back. The tail may be short, like the serval tail. The breed is very healthy, with no specific health issues. Savannahs generally live up to 17-20 years.
The F1, F2 etc refer to the number of generations that the savannah is removed from the serval. Mating a serval with a domestic cat results to an F1 savannah. Mating an F1 savannah to another domestic cat results to an F2, and so on.
The marking A means that one of the parents is a savannah, while the other is not. F1 savannahs are always A, because one of the parents is the serval. The marking B means that both parents are savannahs, but at least one grandparent is not. F2 savannahs can be either A, or B. The marking C means that both parents and grandparents are savannahs, while at least one great-grandparent is not. F3 savannahs can be A, B, or C.
SBT (Stud Book Traditional) means that the cat is purebred, with at least 3 generations of savannah to savannah mating in its pedigree. Consequently, the F4 is the first generation that can be marked as an SBT. Only SBTs can participate to TICA's shows.
Savannah cats are hybrids, which means that F1, F2, F3 and sometimes F4 males are sterile, while females are not. Male savannahs are larger than the females, and this is more obvious in the higher generations. F1, F2 and F3 savannahs are quite large!
Tica clearly states that there are NO permissible outcrosses for savannahs. When we have an A savannah (except from the F1A), it means that another breed has been used.
Savannah has joined the TICA's Championship status since 2012 and WCF's General Assembly since July 2019.