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Savannah Cat Breed Profile

Weight 7.7-22 lb (3.5-10 kg)
Origin USA
Color Silver, brown, black; multi-colored
Fur Short
Lifespan 15-20 years
Personality Entertaining, curious, loyal, adventurous
Energy Cat Active
Playful Cat Playful
Independent Cat Independent
Meowing Cat Vocal
Shedding Cat Sheds

Savannah Photo: Joe Barti/Shutterstock

Savannah Breed Characteristics

The Savannah cat, or just Savannah, is a large slim cat with long legs and exotic fur markings. It comes from a cross between a house cat and a serval, an African wild cat. The serval gives the Savannah its unusual spotty coat that looks a little like that of a leopard. So it’s no wonder that the Savannah is one of the most expensive domestic cat breeds.

Savannah Personality and Temperament

The Savannah is very curious and intelligent - and known for constantly eating. These cats can even set off alarm clocks, turn on water faucets, open cupboards and doors, turn lights on (or off) and even turn the TV on.

The Savannah is very friendly and sociable. That’s why they get on so wonderfully well with other cats and/or dogs. They’re open and confident with strangers. But that doesn’t mean that the Savannah is a cuddly cat. They’re much too active to want to sit in your lap. But they will give you plenty of affectionate headbutts.

The Savannah isn’t afraid of water at all, and will love splashing around in kiddy pools or bathtubs.

Keeping Them Happy

To make sure this cat doesn’t come up with silly ideas to fill the time (or at least not quite as many), it needs challenging toys. They’ll also have to be pretty robust, otherwise the Savannah will make short work of them.

Like the Bengal, Siamese, Balinese and Burmese, the Savannah is a little like a dog as it can be walked on a leash and be taught to fetch.

The adventurous Savannah loves to climb and jump - the higher the better! When they’re fully grown, they can jump 2 m high from standing still! To make sure they don’t climb on your bookshelves (and throw things off), you’ll need an especially high cat tree.

Savannah Photo: Lindasj22/Shutterstock

Savannah Pros and Cons


  • Very active and playful
  • Loves to climb and jump
  • People-oriented
  • Very intelligent
  • Learns to walk on a leash
  • Easy grooming
  • Gets along well with other pets


  • Not a good choice for first-time owners
  • One of the largest cat breeds
  • Needs a lot of attention
  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Needs a lot of toy

Good For Beginners?

Watch out: if you’re thinking of getting your first cat, such a confident, clever and active cat as the Savannah could be much too big a challenge.

Savannah Appearance

The Savannah is a large, slim cat with big ears, long legs, a long neck and spotted fur.

Savannah History

Savannahs are hybrid cats. Hybrid means something combined, crossed or mixed and comes from the Latin “hybrida” for “mongrel”. This cat breed dates back to 1986, when a normal house cat bred with a wild serval cat.

Did You Know?

The Savannah jumps faster than a normal domestic cat.

Comparable Breeds

Savannah Photo: kuban_girl/Shutterstock

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