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Breed Appearance The Savannah is a domestic hybrid cat breed. It
is a cross between a serval and a domestic cat.
Breed Description Head: Broad, modified wedge with rounded
contours. Longer than it is wide. When viewed from the front the
face should form a distinctive triangle. The head is slightly
smaller than in proportion to the body. In profile the nose is long
but with a modest chin and should add to the cats wild appearance. Profile: Curve of the forehead should flow into the bridge of
the nose with no break. Bridge of nose extends above the eyes; the
line of the bridge extends to the nose tip, making a nearly
straight, convex curve. Eyes: The eyes are somewhere between oval and almond shaped,
medium in size. The more richness and depth of color the better.
Ears: Ears are large and alert, well cupped with a wide base and
slightly rounded tips. The tops of the ears are moderately hairy on
the inside. The base of the ears should almost meet in the front
center of the head. Short ear tuffs allowed. Neck: Slender, but muscular as well as long. Body: The shape is long and narrow, but strong. When viewed
from the front the cat appears narrow due to the extreme length of
legs, depth of body and length of neck. The boning is sturdy yet
graceful. The body should be firm and smoothly muscled throughout.
Legs and Feet: The legs are strong yet slender. The feet are
small with long toes. Tail: The tail is sturdy, thick and approximately
three-quarters the length of the average cats tail. When the cat is
attentive it should be, held high or somewhat arched and curved over
the rump. Coat: The coat is short to medium, dense, soft and luxurious.
The coat may or may not be glittered.
PATTERNS: Spotted, Clouded (Marbled), or Solid Spotted Pattern:
The spotted Savannah has sharp contrast between it's markings and
it's background color. On the top of the head, almost between the
ears four bold stripes run down the neck to the shoulder blades. At
the shoulder blades the lines break up into spots that run in two
straight broken lines along the spine to the tail. Spots on the back
as well as the shoulder can be rounded or run together into double
or triple blended spots. The torso and flanks of the cat are well
spotted. Large round spots are preferred to small round spots.
Rosettes are allowed but large round spots are preferred. Spots
should be large and rounded as opposed to square or triangular.
Spots running in a horizontal line (front to back) across the cats
body are preferred. Angular or rounded spots are preferred on the
legs. The tail is spotted near the base and turns to a banded
pattern about three quarters down toward the tip of the tail. Tail
tip should be dark. On the face there are prominent dark lines
extending down from the tear ducts and bracket the nose. A few spots
or flecks mark the face. Except for the above mentioned tear duct
lines, other facial markings should be in the form of spots or
flecks as opposed to tabby type lines or stripes. There is a broken
black collar stripe along the throat. Virtually white undersides and
belly desirable. Belly must have dark markings as well. There should
be a virtually white spot running across the back of each ear. These
narrow virtually white ocelli are bordered in with dark marking at
the top and bottom of each ear.
Clouded Pattern: The Clouded Savannah shall consist of
horizontally flowing colors and patterns with sharp contrast,
distinct shapes, and sharp edges to the markings when the cat is
stretched with a chaining look being preferred. Vertical striping
and/or classic bulls eye are undesirable. Cats with three or more
shades; i.e., ground color, markings, and dark outlining of those
markings are permissible, but single color dark markings on a light
background preferred. Contrast must be extreme, with distinct shapes
and sharp edges. Virtually white undersides and belly desirable.
Belly must have dark markings as well.
Solid Pattern: The solid colored Savannah should be of one
color. Dark shadow markings of Spotted or Clouded patterns on a dark
background are permissible. If visible the spots or markings should
conform to the Savannah's spotted or clouded standard. No white
Brown Tabby: All variations are allowed; however, a degree
of rufinism yielding a yellow, buff, tan, golden, or light orange
ground color is preferred over a gray or dark orange red background.
Markings may be virtually black, tan, or various shades of brown.
Light spectacles encircling the eyes and a virtually white ground
color on the whisker pads, chin, belly, and inner legs (in contrast
to the ground color of the flanks and back) is desirable. Rims of
eyes and nose should be outlined with black, the nose leather can be
either brick red, solid black or black with a light red or pink line
running down the center. The lips are black, as are the prominent
black tear duct lines on the inner sides of each eye. The eyes are
somewhat oval to almond shaped. Eye color should be a rich yellow,
green, golden or caramel brown, the more richness and depth of color
the better. Tail tip must be virtually black. Paw pads should be
deep charcoal or brownish black, no speckling or mottling allowed.
Silver Tabby: The ground color, including lips and chin,
pale pure silver. Markings dense black. Rims of eyes, nose and lips
outlined in black. Eye color a rich yellow, green, golden or caramel
brown, the more richness and depth of color the better. Nose leather
can be either brick red, solid black or black with a light red or
pink line running down the center. Paw pads should be deep charcoal
or brownish black, no speckling or mottling allowed.
Mink Category Seal Mink Tabby: Ground color
should be ivory, cream, or light tan with pattern clearly visible.
Seal mink tabby pattern may be various shades of seal mink to a dark
seal mink. Ivory or cream spectacles encircling the eyes, and ivory
or cream whisker pads and chin are desirable. There should be very
little or no difference between the color of body markings and point
color. Paw pads should be dark brown with rosy undertones allowed.
Tail tip should be dark seal brown. Eye color should be aqua (blue
green) but may also be green, or green gold, the more richness and
depth of color the better.
Silver Mink Tabby: Body virtually snow white, platinum
gray shading on back permissible. Paw pads black preferred, dark
seal possible. Light spectacles, whisker pads, and chin. There
should be very little or no difference between the color of body
markings and point color. Dark Pink nose leather outlined in black
or very dark brown. Tail tip black - dark seal mink, eye color
should be aqua (blue green) but may also be green, or green gold,
the more richness and depth of color the better.
Lynx Category Seal Lynx Tabby: Ground color
should be ivory to cream with a medium - pale visible ghost pattern.
Pattern can vary in color from seal brown, light brown, tan, or
buff, with light spectacles, whisker pads, and chin. Point color may
be darker then body markings. Paw pads should be dark brown with
rosy pink undertones allowed. Tail tip must be dark seal brown. Eye
color must be blue, the more richness and depth of color the better.
Silver Lynx Tabby: Body virtually snow white, platinum
gray shading on back permissible, with a medium - pale visible ghost
pattern. Paw pads black preferred, dark seal permissible. Light
spectacles, whisker pads, and chin. Point color may be darker then
body markings. Dark Pink nose leather outlined in black or very dark
brown. Tail tip black - dark seal mink, eye color must be blue, the
more richness and depth of color the better.
Solid Category Black Solid: The black Savannah
should be a Lustrous solid jet black. Shadow markings of Spotted or
Clouded patterns on a dark background are permissible. If visible
the markings should conform to the Savannah's spotted or clouded
standard. No white markings allowed. Eye color should be a rich
yellow, green, golden or caramel brown, the more richness and depth
of color the better. Nose leather, lips, and paw pads should be
black or charcoal.
Smoke Catgeory Black Smoke: White undercoat deeply tipped with black. Cat
in repose appears to be black. In motion the white undercoat is
apparent. Extremities and face black with narrow band of white at
base of hair next to skin which may be seen when fur is parted with
sufficient contrast against ground color for pattern to be visible.
Eye color should be a rich yellow, green, golden or caramel brown,
the more richness and depth of color the better. Nose leather and
paw pads black.
History The Serval cat is the foundation cat for the
Savannah Breed. The first and subsequent generations derived from
the breeding of a Serval cat to a domestic cat or a Serval cat to a
Savannah cat is recognized as a domestic Savannah cat. The goal of
the Savannah breeding program is to create a domestic cat which has
physical features distinctive to the Serval cat, and with the
loving, dependable temperament of the typical domestic cat. The
overall impression of the Savannah is a tall, lean, graceful cat
with striking large spots and/or randomly swirling bold markings on
a luxurious clear light background (except for solid colors, which
have no defined markings). The Savannah cat is bred to resemble the
tall, lean, muscular Serval cat of the African plains from which
it's ancestors originated. Affectionate and outgoing, with
exceptionally long neck, legs and ears, as well as a short,
three-quarter length tail, the Savannah is both unusual and
beautiful. The Savannah is also an exceptionally graceful,
well-balanced cat with striking color and/or pattern.
Behavior Savannahs have been described as friendly,
assertive, active, and interested in dogs and children. They are
commonly compared to dogs in their loyalty, and they will follow
their owners around the house like a canine. They can also be
trained to walk on a leash like a dog, and even fetch.
Savannahs often greet people with head-butts, or an unexpected
pounce. Some savannahs are reported as being very social and
friendly with other cats and dogs, while others may run and hide or
revert to hissing and growling when seeing a stranger. Exposure to
other people and pets is most likely the key factor in sociability
as the Savannah kitten grows up.
Owners of Savannahs say
that they are very impressed with the intelligence of this breed of
cat. Savannahs have been known to get into all sorts of things; they
often learn how to open doors and cupboards, and anyone buying a
Savannah will likely need to take special precautions to prevent the
cat from getting into things.
Water isn't a fear of the
Savannah cat; many will play or even immerse themselves in water.
Presenting a water bowl to a Savannah may also prove a challenge, as
some will promptly begin to "bat" all the water out of the bowl
until it is empty, using their front paws.
savannahs may either chirp like their serval father, meow like their
domestic mother, or do both, sometimes producing sounds which are a
mixture of the two. Chirping, when present, is usually observed more
often in earlier generations. Savannahs may also "hiss"-a
serval-like hiss is quite different from a domestic cat's hiss,
sounding more like a very loud snake hiss, and can be alarming to
humans not acquainted to such a sound coming from a cat. Hissing,
and even aggressive behavior which involves hissing, is usually more
frequent in F1 or occasionally F2 generations, and may subside or
disappear as the cat is socialized.
Health The Savannah cat is not known to have any
breed-specific health problems.