What is a Savannah Cat?
The Savannah Cat is one of the Worlds most Rare Cat. The Savannah is a breed of hybrid cat developed in from crossing an African Serval (Leptailurus serval) with a domestic cat (Felis catus). This hybridization produces large and lean offspring, with the Serval's characteristic large ears and markedly brown & Black spotted coats. Savannah Cats have a beautiful base coat that ranges from Golden Yellow to Warm Orange complimented with solid dark brown to black spots on top. F1 and F2 Savannahs can be very large, most of Lush Savannahs F1 Savannah Cats range from 13 - 20 pounds. Savannah cats will appear to be much heavier than they actually are due to their Tall Lanky Body Structure that is passed down from the African Serval.
The Savannah's tall and slim build give them the appearance of greater size than their actual weight. Size is very dependent on generation and sex. Early (F1 and F2) generations are usually the largest due to the stronger genetic influence of the African serval ancestor, usually weighing 4.5 to 11 kilograms (9.9 to 24.3 lb). Some F1 cats are the size of dogs and can weigh 18 kilograms (40 lb) or more. Like most cat breeds, males tend to be larger than females. F1 Savannah cats will possess many of the exotic traits from the wild African Serval ancestor, which recede in later generations.
Later-generation Savannahs are comparable in size to other large domestic cat breeds, weighing usually between 3.5 and 8.2 kilograms (7.7 and 18.1 lb). Size can vary significantly due to genetic factors, even in the same litter.
F1 Savannah Cats
F1 Savannah Cats are the largest and have the most wild blood. They are 50% - 75% African Serval depending on the cat. They are also the largest and can get up to 17 to 25 pounds, standing approximately 16 to 18 inches at the shoulder and 22 to 24 inches from chest to back. F1 females are usually a bit smaller weighing 13 to 20 pounds. F1 Savannah Kittens are good with going in their litter box and will not destroy your house. They are very affectionate and They will form a very strong life long bond with you. They are not aggressive but rather very very playful. The love to be played with they will follow you around and also fetch like a dog and be walked on a leash.
F1 Savannahs will fall in a $15,000 to $20,000 price range.
Why are Savannah Cats So Expensive?
People often ask the question, why are Savannah Cats so expensive? First off in order to establish a good quality breeding program there is a large financial investment needed. In addition to the cost up front, the Higher percentage F1 Savannah Cats and F2 Savannah Cats are rare and very difficult to breed. It takes a lot of patience the right cats and a large investment in order to be successful. Producing and F1 Savannah Cat consists of mating a wild African Serval with another Savannah Cat or a regular domesticated cat. So first you have to have an African Serval who will mate with a regular cat. This is the first hurdle because most African Servals will not mate with a regular cat or a savannah cat. If you are lucky enough to find one that will mate then comes the next hurdle. The gestation period in African Servals and in regular cats or Savannah Cats is a 10 - 15 day difference. This means that all F1 Savannah Cats are born pre mature and unfortunately they do not all make it. Many are born still at birth and the ones that do make it many times need 24 hour care and and an incubator in order to completely make it to a healthy kitten stage. F2 Savannah Cats are also very difficult to breed due to to the fact that F1- F4 males are sterile and infertile. Therefor you need a F5 , F6 , or F7 male savannah cat to mate the female F1. This is difficult due to the fact that the female F1 Savannah Cat is much larger than the F5 male with makes mating complicated and sometimes just not possible due to the size difference. The F5 and F6 Savannah Cat males are also often afraid of the F1 Females due to the size difference and aggressive behavior of the F1 Savannah Cat Queen while she is in heat. So these are some the reasons that Savannah Cats are so expensive.