Sunday, December 18, 2016

Savannah Cats

The Worlds Tallest Domestic Cat Breed are a spotted domestic cat breed started in the 1980's. Developed to give the impression of grandeur and dignity of an wild cat with a cheetah type appearance, expressive eyes highlighted by dark tear stains, vibrant coat colors, solid contrasting black spots, huge sonar-like ears and long legs. Since 2006 they have held the Guinness Book World Record for the world's tallest domestic cat.
Breed Standard 
Calls for all traits to mimic those of it's ancestor the African Serval. The goal of the Savannah Cat Breed is to obtain a well rounded temperament yet wild-looking breed that makes a suitable alternative to a exotic pet.
  • Lifespan:  12-20 years
  • Weight:  12-25 pounds
  • Exercise:  Medium/High
  • Hypoallergenic:  No

Health Issues
Are not specific to the breed at this time. Genetic testing is crucial to avoid development of breed specific ailments long term. Reproduction is very difficult and fertility rates are low. Litters average 1 to 3 kittens. Intact cats are often infertile due to genetics. Intact cats are extremely selective, pairing only with those it is raised with from kitten-hood.
Gestation periods of the serval is 10 days longer than domestic cat, meaning F1 & F2s are immensely hard to produce. Savannah Cats do not require any specialty health care. They will visit a regular veterinarian for routine feline health maintenance.
High Intelligence 
Combined with being naturally curious gets them into mischievous. Due to high intelligence, curiosity and high energy needs they are best suited with active owners.
Temperament 
Is outstanding when properly socialized. The feline version to a dog, ideal for owners who want to avoid extra canine requirements. Actively seeking social interaction, given to pout if left out. Remaining kitten-like through life. Profoundly loyal to immediate family members, questioning the presence of strangers. Making excellent companions that are loyal, intelligent and eager to be involved. Demonstrated by the ability to learn simple to complex commands.
Colors 
Of the Savannah Cat are brown, silver, black and smoke. Acceptable colors are those that mimic the African Serval. The most common variation of the African Serval is a buttery gold color with solid jet black spots. Gold is a shade of brown so it is correctly registered as a brown spotted tabby (BST).
  • Brown Spotted Tabby = Aguoti Cat (A-)
  • Silver Spotted Tabby = Aguoti Cat (A-) + Inhibitor gene
  • Black = Non-Aguoti Cat (AA)
  • Smoke = Non-Aguoti Cat (AA) + Inhibitor gene
Size 
Of Savannah Cats is often exaggerated because they are taller, thinner framed and longer bodied than the most domestic cats. This taller body type gives the illusion of more weight. Weight depends on individual bloodline. Weight can range between 12-25 pounds.

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