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The Savannah

Origins, descriptions, appearances and generations


In 1986, an American breeder named Judee Frank created the first Savannah kitten, by crossbreeding a wild cat (Serval) and a domestic cat. This in order to get a big wild-looking cat. The little female resulting from the cross was named ''Savannah''. The race will bear, thereafter, the same name.

A group of enthusiasts including Patrick Kelley and Joyce Sroufe then developed the breed and established its standards. The TICA (The International Cat Association) recognizes the Savannah breed in 2002. In 2007, the LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins) authorizes them in exhibition as a new breed. And in 2012, the TICA allows him a place in competition.


The savannah is a very intelligent animal which allows it to adapt very well to domestic life. He is also affectionate, active, curious and very loyal to his masters. Playful and jumping, in the household, he will make his presence felt on a daily basis. However, this feline will surely require a little more attention from you than a common domestic cat, but the education will be a real pleasure for any feline enthusiast. This cat can be perfect for families with children. Its life expectancy is 13 to 20 years. Some love to play in the water. A complicity and a unique relationship unite each owner and their Savannah. This one will satisfy all the needs of feline lovers.


Although savannahs are not necessarily all giants, they have a slender, muscular and elegant physical form. They wear a silky and magnificent mottled black dress, all in nuance. The colors can vary, ranging from brown to black, through silver.

Classification by generations

The Savannah is categorized into several generations from F1 to F7.

F1; Serval + Domestic Cat = Savannah 50% Serval or more

F2; Female Savannah F1 + Male F5 or more = Savannah 25% Serval or more

F3; Female Savannah F2 + Male F5 or more = Savannah 12% Serval or more

F4; Female Savannah F3 + Male F5 or more = Savannah 7% Serval or more

SBT; The qualification applies to the so-called pure Savannah therefore resulting from 3 generations comprising only Savannahs

* Male F1 to F4 are sterile therefore males of generations F5 or Superior.

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