TICA was able to classify the Savannah as a “domestic breed” making them one of the only hybrid animals legal in many states across the U.S.A.
A Savannah/Savannah cross may also be referred to by breeders as SVxSV (SV is the TICA code for the Savannah breed), which is what our F2 kittens will be as both our Zuri and Magnus are Savannahs. In addition to the filial number, Savannah generation filial numbers also have a letter designator that refers to the generation of SV to SV breeding. The letters are A, B, C and SBT. “A” means that one parent is a Savannah and the other is an out cross. A “B” cat has a grandparent that is not a Savannah, and “C” is both parents, and grandparents are Savannahs. Therefore A x (any SV) = B; B x (B,C,SBT) = C; C x (C, SBT) = SBT, SBT x SBT = SBT. F1 Savannahs are always considered an “A” because the father is a Serval which is a non-domestic out cross. F2 generation can be A or B. F3 generation can be A, B or C. F4 Generation is the first generation that can be an SBT. SBT stands for “stud book tradition” and is considered a “purebred” cat.
F2 Savannahs often greet people with head-butts, or an unexpected pounce to show their affection. Some Savannahs are very social and playful with new people and animals. While others may growl or hiss and want to hide when they see strangers just like some domestic cats. This usually depends on how well the owners socialize the cat as a kitten. Exposure to other people and pets is the key factor as the Savannah kitten grows up.
Owners of Savannahs say that they are very impressed with how smart the Savannah breed is. High percent Savannahs, or HP Savannahs are famous for their jumping ability and often jump up on top of doors, refrigerators and high cabinets. Savannahs have incredibly long legs and the early F1 and F2 savannah cats can jump up to 8 feet high from a standing position. Savannahs are very inquisitive and have been known to get into all sorts of things around the house. They often learn how to open things like doors and cupboards. So anyone purchasing a Savannah, especially an F1 or F2 Savannah cat will need to “child proof” many area’s of their house. When the owners are away. Savannahs can get board and start to explore. Another high energy cat or dog is highly recommended to help keep each other out of trouble while the owner is away. As amazing as our F2 Savannah kittens are. They aren’t for everyone. This is why many breeders, including us, do such a detailed screening of potential buyers. Because high percent Savannahs bond so strongly to their owners. Re-homing the F2 kitten is very stressful and hard on the animal. Breeders have a responsibility and obligation to the kitten to find the cat or kitten the best home and situation possible so they will be able to live a safe amazing life with their new forever companion.
Savannah Cat Health
Some veterinarians have noted that Servals have smaller livers relative to their body size than domestic cats, and some high percentage Savannah’s inherit this. For this reason, care is advised in prescribing some medications. Lower doses per weight of the cat may be necessary. In addition, the blood values of F1 or F2 Savannahs may vary from the typical domestic cat, due to the serval genes.
Though no completed studies have been conducted. Higher percentage Savannah like our F2 Savannah kittens have a very new blood line due to the two different species of cat used. Because they have such a new and broad blood line. The Savannah breed is more often free of genetic health issues like the dreaded HCM unless crossed with the Bengal cat. This is why we at HP Savannahs only breed Savannah to Savannah. Most hybrid cats don’t respond well the anesthetic Ketamine and high percentage Savannahs are no exception. No Ketamine is to be used if your F2 Savannah needs a medical procedure. In addition. Modified live vaccines should NEVER be used on F2 Savannah’s because no studies have been conducted to prove them safe. Bad side effects have been known to happen. ONLY USE THE KILLED VIRUS VACCINES. Make sure your vet is aware of the Savannah’s special needs and is comfortable treating them.