SAVANNAH breed was the crossing result of a Serval (a wild animal of Pennsylvania) and a domestic cat. And here the curious reader can't help asking the relevant question: "And what was the point of doing this?" The reason was hidden un a new trend to keep wild animals at home. However, it was not so easy, and in some cases even dangerous. Representatives of wild fauna are very difficult to train, often behave in unacceptable way and aggressively. Yes, and nothing pleasant can be said about their habitat - it stinks and it is almost impossible to get rid of the smell. All these shortcomings were minimized in a new breed - Savannah cats, a gentle combination of exotic wildlife and domestic behavior.
First, only wildlife lovers showed their interest in a new breed of cat . But when information about the Savannah began to spread, it aroused the interest of ordinary "cat people". Despite some traits inherent to this breed only, the cat generally behaves friendly and has an outstanding appearance.
The first individual of the new breed was born in the mid-80s at the cattery of Frank - an expert in Bengal breed. The breed got its name "Savannah" after the habitat of Serval: the area in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania has the same name. Later this name was applied to several subspecies of hybrid big cats.
Certain conditions were created for crossing a domestic cat and a female Serval. Kittens resulting from such a union had more than half of the genetic heredity of the wild Serval. The kitten has been assigned a code F1. Then a female from generation F1 was again crossed with a domestic cat mate. The new generation, identified by the code F2 has less the genetic inheritance of a wild animal. But not quite typical for a pet appearance is still there! In the third generation F2 cats will have all 12% of the "wild" of genetic heredity, which the most of the common cats of this unique breed have.
The exotic breed has one particular feature - from 1-th generation only females can give birth to offspring. Some owners of semi-wild cats are trying hard to experiment with crossing a female from the 1st generation with Serval. However, in many cases, nothing good happens - quite often such kittens are not of a very attractive appearance and demonstrate a very aggressive temper with time.
Another specific feature of breeding this cats is that only females can reproduce from the first generation, and males are unfortunately infertile.
Not always the kittens born as a result of crossing a domestic cat with a wild Serval female are taken by a mother for her children. If a wild cat rejects them, the breeder has to take care of growing a new generation.
It is interesting to know, that the breed was assigned the status recognized as official 15 years after the first successful breeding experiments - in the early 21st century. The new breed standard under the sonorous name "SAVANNAH" was officially approved by professional breeders Sroufe and Kelly. However, it is too early to talk about one hundred percent standardization of Savannah - even now it remains extremely unstable. Now great efforts are made to give the cat of this breed a possible champion status.