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F3 Savannah Girl
The first Savannah Cat was born April 7, 1986 when a female domestic cat (owned by Judee Frank) gave birth to a kitten sired by an African Serval. This F1 (first generation hybrid cross) was an unusual female kitten, that had domestic and Serval-like traits. Both the kitten and breed were named "Savannah" (after the Serval's homeland, the Savannahs of Africa). Patrick Kelly heard about the kitten, and decided to try and develop a new breed. He persuaded a fellow cat breeder, Joyce Sroufe, to join him in his efforts. Together they wrote the original TICA Breed Standard. The International Cat Association accepted the Savannah Cat for registration in 2001, and wasn't accepted for Championship status until 2012.
One of the most amazing things about the Savannah is its remarkable character. It is often said they have dog-like personalities and have intense loyalty toward those closest in their lives. Also known for being very curious and highly intelligent, they seek out adventure at every opportunity. They are extremely active cats that need a great deal of interaction on a daily basis with their human family or a companion cat but get along great with dogs as well. Savannahs are usually not lap cats, although some are. They show affection on their own terms, often greeting family members at the door, following you around the house, and even sleeping next to you in bed if allowed. Many Savannahs love to play in water, which is far from typical in most breeds. They can easily be trained to walk on a leash with a harness, play fetch, and do other fun tricks.
They generally have sweet, mild temperaments, being gentle with even small children. Please do not allow children to abuse them, as with ANY animal, they could instinctively defend themselves. The Savannah Cat is a unique and amazing feline. Most people who have interacted with Savannahs will say they have never met a cat like them, and will never own another breed.! The Savannah Cat is not for everyone, but perfect for those who seek an uncommon pet and lifelong companion!
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