Savannah cats have only recently appeared in the United Kingdom, when the first female of our kind was born and bred in 2010. We can be found all over the world now, however, from the United States to Japan. Savannahs are one of the easiest types of cat breeds to recognize, because we are on the large size and have a tall and slim build. Some of us can weigh over 20 pounds, but we can fall anywhere in the range between 7 and 30 pounds. It’s possible for there to be a quite significant variance in our size even within the same litter.
Another distinction of Savannah cats in addition to our size is our coat, which depends on the breed of domestic cat used for cross-breeding purposes. Some of the first Savannahs have dark spotting with a light coat, because early breeders liked to use breeds such as the Bengal to help preserve the wild look of our origins. You can find us in a rainbow of different colors today, however, with some of the most popular types resembling brown spotted tabbies, silver spotted tabbies, or black smoke coats. The International Cat Association only accepts the Egyptian Mau, Ocicat, Oriental Shorthair or Domestic Shorthair as permissible cross breeds.
We are tall, lean, and fast, but Savannah cats also have the temperament of a dog, which makes us ideal pets. Many of us are known for our extreme loyalty, following our owners around the house, playing fetch, and even walking on a leash. Savannah breeds can be friendly with new people, other cats, and dogs, but some others will be shy or hiss around strangers. To make us more sociable, it’s best to expose us to other people as kittens. We are also known for our intelligence and jumping ability.
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