Kitten History: Savannah

Graceful and lean, this dark-spotted exotic stalks quietly through house and heart.

By Stacy Hackett

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Savannah © Helmi FlickDespite her quiet ways, this kittens striking dark spots and bold markings will certainly stand out against the landscape of your home. The beautiful Savannah calls to mind her wild ancestors: the Serval cat of the African plains.

The history of the Savannah begins in the early 1980s, when an African Serval and a domestic cat produced a kitten named Savannah. The female kitten became the namesake of the breed.

Through the efforts of dedicated breeders, the Savannah was recognized as an experimental new breed by The International Cat Association in 2001. In 2004, the breed received advanced new-breed status. Breeders continue to work diligently to have the Savannah accepted for championship status.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/11/2013 10:55:53 PM

This is what I want! One to run with my saluki.

ISABEL, Marie-Josée    International

1/29/2013 9:36:01 AM

I am looking to buy a Savannah F1 male. Here in Québec City, Canada, it is rare. Can somebody help me to find one, not too expensive (under 2000$). I am desperate because it is the only cat that my husband want to buy. help me please

beverly    edina, MN

4/8/2011 7:45:58 PM

i recently rescued a male 9 mont old kitten from a rescue shelter. The first thing i noticed when i got him home was his abnormally large ears, small head, slanted eyes long, ringed tail and his blonde markings on his coat consited of some striping and "spots" unlike any other "blonde/somewhat orange feline. After reserching I discovered that he is part savannah. his marking are in some areas predominate, like his tail and legs, and head. but his eye color matches his coat perfectly. are these savannas considered felined that did'nt "make the cut"? all i can say is to bad thier temperment, social level and ability to behave more like a dog is "priceless"! I have 2 other domestic short hairs that i have had for over 6 years and my savannah's personality is incredible!!! I am a very lucky person. I do'nt believe the shelter passed him off as a "domestic"!

Kimberely    Detroit, MI

8/18/2010 1:05:29 PM

How much can a savannah cat run I am in the market for a savannah cat ?

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