What is a Savannah Cat?

July 17, 2018
A Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and the Serval, a medium size, wild African cat. with large upright ears , hooded eyes, with a golden spotted coat . The crossing became popular among breeders at the end of the 1990s, and in 2001 The International Cat Association (TICA) accepted it as a new registered breed. In May 2012, TICA accepted it as a championship breed.
The breed was created in 1986 by an American breeder. In 2001, the savannah breed was accepted by Tica as a new breed.
An F1 is a first early generation Savannah cat and is approximately 50- 75% serval. This percentage depends on what species of cat are used in the crossbreeding.
If a regular domestic cat was used in the mating (like a siamese + serval) the serval blood would be approximately 50%.
Serval Blood Percentage
F1A Savannah cat contains the highest serval cat genetics with the parent being a Serval (F1 Savannah cats require a DWA licence in the UK)
F2B Savannah cat will have a Serval grandparent
F3C Savannah cat will have a great grandparent as a Serval
F4 SBT is a purebred savannah with at least 3 generations of savannah breedings in its bloodline and is accepted by Tica to be shown at cat shows worldwide.
F5 SBT through to F7 SBT are later generation cats, meaning a lower percentage of wild genes. These cats tend to be more domestic in nature and size but more affordable to most .
‍Understanding the codes
‍F - Filial how many generations away from the Serval bloodline
‍A = 1 parent is a serval + an outcross
‍B = Both parents are savannahs
‍C = Both parents and at least one grandparent are savannahs
‍SBT = Stud book tradition meaning a pure bred savannah . At SBT level Savannah's can be entered into showing
‍BST = Brown spotted tabby which is the standard sand most sought after
‍SST = Silver spotted tabby
Savannah's can vary in colour with the breed standard being BST (brown spotted tabby) The coat of a Savannah should have a spotted pattern, the only pattern accepted by the TICA breed standard. The spotted pattern is the only accepted pattern because it is the only pattern found on the African Serval Cat. Non-standard patterns & colours include : Rosette, marble, snow colour , blue colour, cinnamon colour, chocolate colour, lilac (lavender) and other diluted colours derived from domestic sources of cat coat genetics. These non-standard colours should be placed as pets only, & pulled out of the gene pool.

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