Serval Type Desired Features:
Savannahs are so sought after for their exotic look they get from the serval. Before I even owned my first Savannah, I fell in love with the look and markings of this hybrid cat. No matter the size of each generation of Savannah, their tall and lengthy legs and stature make them appear to be larger and heavier than they really are. Their wide, rounded and erect ears are one of my favorite features. Their hooded eyes, various color of vivid markings, and the way they walk like a wild cat are just the beginning to why people are so attracted to this breed. In the earlier generations, the head stands tall with a long, slender neck. The back of their ears still carries the ocelli marking. It’s a central light band bordered by black, grey, or brown coloring giving it an eye-like effect. This hybrid has a shorter tail, black rings and a solid black tip. One of the wildest features of this cat are the black “tear-streak” or “cheetah tear” markings that run from the corner of the eyes down the sides of their face.
Everyone always asks about size! Don’t worry; I did when I first started researching the breed. Size is dependent on generation and sex. F1 and F2 generations are the largest, with males being larger than females. They can weigh 8-20 pounds but do appear larger than they actually weigh. F3 generations on down usually weigh 7-15 pounds, although my F3 male Odysseus seems to weigh a lot more! Size can vary significantly from one litter to another. San Diego Savannahs does not breed for size, nor can I guarantee size. I do breed my F3 female with a large male to ensure a decent size to carry on the desired breed characteristics. San Diego Savannahs does concentrate on the markings, features, and temperaments of this magnificent cat.
As you will see in our kittens, San Diego Savannahs focuses on producing Savannahs with an inky spotted pattern, because this is the only pattern accepted by the TICA breed standard. The International Cat Association (TICA) breed standard requires the brown-spotted tabby to have cool to warm brown, tan or gold coat with black or dark brown spots. The silver-spotted tabby is to have a silver coat with black or dark gray spots, and the black tabby to be black with black spots. There is also a black smoke coloring with black-tipped silver and black spots. The aim of San Diego Savannahs to uphold this hybrid to the standards of the breed. We only breed for these standards so that families have the desired look they are paying for, so that breeders can use our cats in their programs, and ultimately to be able to show our F4 and F5 SBT Savannahs as a championship breed. We currently specialize in F4 SBT Savannahs and now produce F5 SBT Savannah Studs and pets.
San Diego Savannahs only uses Savannah to Savannah breeding. There are no longer any permitted domestic out-crosses for the Savannah breed now that TICA Championship status has been achieved.
Generations of Savannahs:
Each generation is marked with a Filial number.
Serval + Domestic Cat = F1 (50% serval)
(BC1) Serval + F1 (50%) = F1 (75% serval)
(BC2) Serval + F1 (75%) = F1 (87.5% serval)
(Common) Serval + F2A (25%) = F1 (62.5% serval)
BC – means bread back
1 & 2 – means how many times bred back
F1 A + F5 A = F2 B Kittens
F1 A + Outcross Male = F2 A Kittens
F2 B + F5 B = F3 C Kittens
F2 B + F5 A = F3 B Kittens
F2 B + F5 SBT = F3 SBT Kittens
F3 B + F5 SBT = F4 C Kittens
F3 C + F5 C = F4 SBT Kittens
F4 B + F5 C = F5 C Kittens
F4 SBT + F5 SBT = F5 SBT Kittens
F5 C + F5 SBT = F6 SBT Kittens
F5 B + F5 C = F6 C Kittens
A – means one parent is a Savannah and the other is an outcross
B – means both parents are Savannahs and one is an A
C – means both parents are Savannahs and one is a B
A + SV (Savannah) = B
B + (B, C, SBT) = C
C + (C, SBT) = SBT
SBT + SBT = SBT
F1’s are always an A.
F2’s can be A or B.
F3’s can be A, B, or C.
F4’s is the first generation that can be a “stud book tradition” (SBT) cat and is considered “purebred”.
F4 and F5’s SBT is currently the focus of San Diego Savannahs. All paperwork will show my Queen's Khaleesi & Purscilla's designation and our Beloved stud; Thor & his son Prince.
Male Savannahs are typically sterile until the F5 generation, whereas females are fertile from F1 generation on. Females of the F1-F3 generations are usually offered as pet or breeder depending on the quality of her markings. Males in these generations are only offered as pets. The reverse happens with males in the F5-F7 generations.