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What is a Savannah?

    A Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and a Serval, a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat. The unusual cross became popular among breeders at the end of the 1990s, and in 2001 The International Cat Association (TICA) accepted it as a new registered breed. In May 2012, TICA accepted it as a championship breed. The Savannahs' tall and slim build gives them the appearance of greater size than their actual weight. Size is very dependent on generation and sex.


   Perhaps, over and above size, is the extraordinary Savannah personality. Intelligent, even ingenious, playful, charming, and intensely energetic. The personable Savannah is very dog-like. readily trainable. Most love to play fetch, and relish outdoor walks on a leash.. Actually a Savannah can be very much like a water-loving dog who’ll wrestle you for the garden hose, splash around in your morning shower, or wade through your bathwater. And their ability to leap straight up into the air is extraordinary.

   Savannahs tend to have abundant energy and will often exhaust other pets before they tire themselves. This means that they can be a bit mischievous at times if not provided proper outlets for exercise and curiosity. Savannahs get along well with other pets and assume the roll of Alpha cat without much of a challenge from other family cats. Many ask if a Savannah will get along well with the family dog; the answer is YES! Dogs make wonderful playmates for the Savannah. It seems they would rather befriend the family dog before other pets.

   Unlike owning a Serval, no exotic permits are needed to own a Savannah. If concerned about legality of owning a Savannah in your State, please check your local laws before pursuing  ownership. Visit for more information on ownership in your state and or county

Please see our other informational pages for more information :

What Savannah is right for you?

Commonly asked questions

Taking home your new savannah





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