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What is A Savannah Cat?

A Savannah cat is a cross between an African Serval and a domestic house cat. Savannahs Cats are noted for their tall, slender bodies, big ears, long legs and their large bold black spots. The Savannah cat is one of the newest and most exciting breeds of cats currently being developed by a select few breeders around the world. There are still relatively few Savannahs in existence, and the demand for them is quite high.

All Foundation Savannahs have an F and a number associated with it to indicate how many generations it is from its Serval ancestor.

  • F1 = one generation (50% Serval)

  • F2 = two generations(25% Serval)

  • F3 = three generations(12.5% Serval) etc.

How Big Does A Savannah Get?

There are a lot of variables when it comes to size in Savannah Cats. The size depends much on the size and type of their parents and also of the percentage of wild blood they have from the Serval.

The biggest cats are F1 Savannahs and males of the F2 Generations. They get about 2 and a half times larger than regular house cats, with their weight from 15 to 28 pounds. F3 males are often still considerably bigger than a regular house cat but many are the same size of a domestic cat.

F3 females and all cats of further generations decrease in size but keep their long legs, big ears and the wild appearance. Savannahs need up to 3 years to reach their full size.

After the F3 generation it it common for to see savannahs the same size as domestic cats.

If you absolutely must have a large cat you should choose an F1 or F2 male for sure. After that there are no guarantees that any savannah will be a large cat.

Generation Height @ Shoulder Approx. Weight
F1 (50%) 16-20 inches 13-28 lbs
F2 (25% ) 13-16 inches 11-25 lbs
F3 (12.5% ) 12-14.5 inches 9-16 lbs
F4 (6.25% ) 11-13 inches 7-15 lbs
F5 (3.12% )  domestic in size but a few have been know to get to 18 pounds

What is a Savannah’s Temperament Like?

Savannah Cats have very loving and outgoing personalities and are commonly compared to dogs in their loyalty. They will follow their owners around the house like a canine. They can also be trained to walk on a leash, and even fetch.

They are highly intelligent cats and learn quickly. A Savannah is happiest being a family member that is involved in every activity, rather than being just a usual house pet.

They definitely love water and have surprised many an owner with a spontaneous visit in the running shower.

Do Savannahs Get Along Well With Other Pets or Children?

Absolutely! If raised in a home with well behaved children and pets, a Savannah kitten will thrive and are often seen sleeping with them.

Diet & Health Care

Savannahs do very well on a high quality dry cat food supplemented with canned wet food and some raw (or cooked) meat.

Please try and stay away from grocery store brand dry cat foods as they are all mostly fillers and very low quality.

Savannah Breeders give the same vaccinations and veterinarian health care to their savannah cats as the domestic cat gets. I prefer to use "all killed" versus a "modified live" vaccination with my cats.

Of course, all of our savannah kittens are fully litter box trained and properly vaccinated before they go to their new owners.

How Much Does A Savannah Cost?

The price of a Savannah will vary depending on the quality of the individual cat. Our Savannahs will be individually priced based on gender, fertility, generation and type. Their cost will be noted with their pictures.

Higher percentage Savannahs (F1's and F2's) are rare and very difficult to breed. It takes many years and a lot of luck to mate a Serval with a domestic cat. Only a few breeders worldwide have had success.

Servals are wild cats with special needs in terms of their caging requirements, their diet and their health care. Caring for pure Servals and mating them to domestic cats is costly, time consuming and demanding.

Following are average price ranges for PET kittens, breeders are priced higher:

  • F1's will range from $4000 - $5,000

  • F2's will range from $2500 - $4000

  • F3's will range from $1500 - $2500

  • F4's will range from $1000 - $2000

  • F5's will range from $1000 - $1500

  • SBT will range from $1000 -$1750

Cats may at times be out of the specified price range for various reasons.





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