Savannah Breed Summary
Playful, Adventurous, Loyal, Affectionate
If you want a low-energy cat to snuggle up to on the sofa, then purr-haps the Savannah isn’t the best option! This big cat has a mass amount of energy and they require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy. If this kitty doesn’t get all the activity they need then they may resort to creating their own fun – which can result in unwanted behaviour and destruction in the house. For the cat lover who can keep up with this cat’s needs, the Savannah will prove themselves to be a fun-loving, affectionate member of the family that gets on well with other pets and older children.
Fun Fact: A first-generation Savannah Cat can cost more than $20,000 (£15,366)! The cost for later generations is much lower, but can still add up to around $1,000 (£768.30).
|Lifespan||12 – 20 years|
|Height (at the withers)||F1 – F2 Savannah: 35.6cm – 45.72cm, F3 – F6: 25.4cm – 35.6cm|
|Weight||Early generation Savannahs can weigh 3.6kg – 9.1kg. Later generation Savannahs can weigh 3.2kg – 6.8kg|
|Coat||Short, slightly coarse|
|Colour||Black, brown spotted tabby, black silver spotted tabby, black smoke|
|Common health issues||Eye conditions, kidney disease, cystitis, gastrointestinal tract disorders, infectious diseases|
Due to this kitty's larger than life personality and size, it’s recommended to provide them with plenty of hardwearing toys and games that will keep them mentally stimulated.
To live happily with a Savannah, you need to dedicate a lot of time to interact with them and be warned, this kitty has a humorous streak, so don't be surprised to find taps mysteriously turned on and closed cabinet doors suddenly open!
With Savannah, Suzy was now able to produce the first known F2 Savannah cat. With its unique physical appearance and dynamic personality, this cat attracted the attention of Patrick Kelly – who wanted to produce a new breed of domestic cat. With the help of cat breeder Joyce Sroufe by his side, they painstakingly researched the necessary steps needed to develop a new feline breed that’d be recognised by the national cat registry. By 1996 they were successful, and as of 2001, the Savannah cat has been recognised as a New Advanced Breed Class.