It was breeder Jude Frank who created the first Savannah on the 7th of April 1986. The first female Savannah exhibited traits of both the African Serval and the domestic house cat. The breed was named after the kitten itself – Savannah. The breed name was given by Suzie Mustacion who adopted the first Savannah cat. The name derives from the Savannah region of Africa which is the ancestral home of the Serval.
By the end of the 1990s, this exceptional cross breed became famous among breeders and finally in 2001, it was accepted as another registered breed by the International Cat Association.
This active and confident cat loves to interact with people and other animals of the house. It is intelligent and curious and is always looking for something to get involved with. It loves to play with toys and can sometimes be quite destructive. This cat is happy, affectionate and can be trained to learn a few tricks.
- Activity level: 5/5 (highly interactive)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (highly intelligent and quick learners)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (very inquisitive)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (some Savannahs can be very friendly and social towards strangers while some may not be so)
- Vocal: 4/5 (can chirp like Servals and meow like domestic cats)
The Savannah comes with a long body and long limbs and is of medium size like most other domestic cats. Its striking features are its large pointed ears, beautiful eyes and the cheetah-like look. Its color is usually silver, spotted golden or smoky black.
- Fur: Velvety fur that hardly loses any hair.
- Eyes: The color may be blue as a kitten and may be gold, brown, green or a merged shade as an adult.
- Body structure: They are characterized by long and leggy bodies with a slender neck and a small head which is taller than broad.
- Facial features: round erect ears, puffy nose and hooded eyes that look like a boomerang.
- Weight: Smaller in size as compared to Servals, Savannahs weigh 20-25 pounds on an average and can go up to 35 pounds.
Generally, the Savannahs are very healthy cats and kittens and there are no diseases or afflictions that are specific to this breed till date. However, like most other cats, they may get affected by a cold or any general disease. They also cannot tolerate vomiting, dehydration or an empty stomach for long hours. In case they seem lethargic, it is suggested to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. A complete blood count test or a CBC can be done to diagnose any kind of infections. Sometimes veterinarians also suggest an Electrolyte to determine the cause of health related issues in Savannahs. Check for sudden food changes as sometimes they may exhibit symptoms of a digestive upset. Savannahs should be kept current on their vaccines so that they do not fall prey to infections.
It is advised that Savannah kittens should be tested for worms or internal parasites at regular intervals and if the presence of such elements is found then they should be dewormed almost immediately. No medication is to be given unless prescribed by a veterinarian.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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