Friday, January 28, 2011

The Savannah Cat


     The Savannah Cat is a mix between the African serval and a domestic cat. It really didn't gain its popularity until the 1990's. The first known Savanah cat was "achieved" in the Mid-1980s by breeder Judee Frank.  The F1 female resulting from this breeding was named "Savannah," and most appropriately, is the official name of this fascinating breed today. The breed was actually named after the savannahs of Africa: the grasslands from which the breed's serval ancestors originate. Savanah cats are considered one of the largest breeds of domestic cats. They can weigh as much as 20-30lbs. but most breeds weigh in between 10-15 lbs. The coat of the cat depends on the generation of breed. Some have a lighter coat wiht darker spots, and some have a dark coat with evry light spotty patterns across the body.
     Savannah cats are often likened to dogs in their loyalty to their owner. They can be trained to walk on a leash and even fetch toys. Owners are often impressed with their keen sense of intelligence. One of their most distinguished characteristics is their ability to leap up to eight feet from standing position. Savanah cats love water and often take baths with their owners..(kinda creepy- but cool).
Here are a few more pictures for your Savanah cat viewing pleasure:







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