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Savannah cat type

The overall look of the Savannah cat can depend on its generation and its wild and domestic parentage. The first three generations of the Savannah cat are called foundation Savannahs and these are classified as F1-F3.

F1 Brown spotted Savannah cats
Above: F1 Brown spotted Savannah cats (Photograph courtesy of Russell Foskett)
F2 Brown spotted Savannah cat Saffy
Above: F2 Brown spotted Savannah cat Saffy
F3 Savannah cat Sittingpretty Queen Bee
Above: F3 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Queen Bee (Photgraph courtesy of Kayleigh Lowrie)

Once you reach the fourth generation of Savannahs, they are described as SBT which stands for Stud Book Tradition. Stud Book Tradition is a term chosen by The International Cat Association (Tica) and the Tica Savannah breed standard sets outs the traits which are called for in our SBT Savannahs:

Head:

Shape: The face forms an equilateral triangle: the triangle is formed by the brow line over the eyes; and the sides follow down the jaw bone with a rounded finish at the muzzle. Above this triangle the forehead and ears form a rectangle from the brow line to the tops of the ears. The head is small in proportion to the body.

Ears: Ears are remarkably large and high on the head. They are wide with a deep base. They should be very upright and have rounded tops. The outside base of the ear should start no lower on the head than the height of the eyes, but may be set higher. The inside base of the ears is set close at the top of the head; ideally, a vertical line can be drawn from the inner corner of the eye up to the inner base of the ear. Ear furnishings may be present; pronounced ocelli are desirable.

F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Ruby Sky
Above: F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Ruby Sky
Well placed upright ears that are wide at the base and rounded at the tips
A Sittingpretty Savannah kitten
Above: A Sittingpretty Savannah kitten
Visible ocelli markings to the backs of the ears

Eyes: Medium sized and set underneath a slightly hooded brow. The top of the eye resembles a boomerang set at the exact angle so that the corner of the eye slopes down the line of the nose. The bottom half of the eye has an almond shape. The eyes are moderately deep set, low on the forehead, and at least one eye width apart. Tear stain markings are present along and between the eye and the nose. All eye colors are allowed and are independent of coat color.

F5 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Welly
Above: F5 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Welly
Near boomerang shape accross the tops of the eyes
F3 Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Twiggy
Above: F3 Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Twiggy
Strong tearstain markings running down from the eyes

Chin: From the frontal view the chin tapers to follow the triangle of the head. In profile, the nose is slightly protruding so that the angle from the nose to the chin slants back, which may cause the chin to appear recessed.

Muzzle: The muzzle is tapered with no break. It falls within the bottom portion of the facial triangle that runs from the brow to the point of the chin. Whisker pads are not pronounced.

Nose: Viewing from the front, the nose is wide across the top with low set nostrils. In profile, there is a slight downward turn at the end, giving a rounded appearance. Nose leather is slightly convex and wraps up over the nose.

F2 Silver spotted Savannah cat Nelly
Above: F2 Silver spotted Savannah cat Nelly
Low set nostrils
F2 Silver spotted Savannah cat Nelly
Above: F3 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Caped Crusader
Wide nose bridge
F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Reggie
Above: F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Reggie
Nose with downward turn and rounded appearace

Profile: The forehead is a straight to slightly convex curve from the top of the head to the ridge just above the eye where there is a slight change of direction and a straight to very-slight concave curve from that ridge to the tip of the nose. In profile, the face also forms a triangle from the top of the eye to the tip of the nose, turning to follow the jaw line and back up to the eye.

F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Colonel Mustard
Above: F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Colonel Mustard
Serval like head shape, excellent profile, rounded nose and slightly recessed chin
F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Colonel Mustard
Above: F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Colonel Mustard
Serval like head shape, excellent profile, rounded nose and slightly recessed chin

Neck: Long and lean.

F6 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sunny
Above: F6 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sunny
Long and strong neck

Body:

Torso: The torso is long, lean and wellmuscled with a full deep rib cage, prominent shoulder blades, a slight, but not extreme, tuck-up and a rounded rump. The hip and thigh are full and long and somewhat heavy in proportion to the rest of the body.

Legs: Longer than average, well muscled, without appearing heavy or overly delicate. Back legs are slightly longer than the front legs.

F3 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Queen Bee
Above: F3 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Queen Bee (Photograph courtesy of Kayleigh Lowrie)
Long and lean torso, long neck, small head, long front legs and longer back legs

Feet: Oval and medium in size.

Tail: Medium to thick in width. Medium in length, ending between the hock and just above ground level when standing with preferred length just below the hock. Tail should taper slightly to a blunt end. Whippy tails are not desired.

F2 Silver spotted Savannah cat Nelly
Above: F2 Silver spotted Savannah cat Nelly
Medium length tail with a tapered black tip.

Boning: Medium boning with density and strength.

Musculature: Firm, well-developed, yet smooth.

Coat:

Length: Short to medium in length.

Texture: With a good substance and a slightly coarse feel to it. Coarser guard hairs cover a softer undercoat; the spots have a notably softer texture than the guard hairs. The coat is not inordinately dense and lies relatively flat against the body.

Pattern: Spotted.

Sources: The International Cat Association (TICA) Savannah Breed Standard

The spotted Savannah

The only recognised pattern within the Tica Savannah breed standard is spotted.

The spotted Savannah pattern is made up of bold, solid and dead (not rosetted) spots. They may be
round, oval, or elongated in shape. A strong contrast between the ground colour and the spots gives a distinct pattern.

F7 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Hugo
Above: F7 Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Hugo
Strong contrast between ground colour and jet black spots which are large and solid with a horizontal flow
F2 Brown spotted Savannah cat Saffy
Above: F2 Brown spotted Savannah cat Saffy
Strong contrast between ground colour and jet black spots which are medium sized and solid with a horizontal flow
F6 SBT Savannah cat Sittingpretty Anya
Above: F6 SBT Savannah kitten Sittingpretty Anya
Strong contrast between ground colour and jet black spots which are small and solid with a horizontal flow

A series of parallel stripes run from the back of the head to just over the shoulder blades and fan out slightly over the back. The spotting pattern follows the line of the stripes from the shoulders continuing the length of the body.

Often the legs and tail display stripes but smaller spots are preffered. They are also found to the feet and face. A spotted belly is also a distinct trait of the spotted Savannah cat.

F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Chewit
Above: F6 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Chewit
Continued spotted pattern to legs and feet
F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Louis
Above: F7 SBT Brown spotted Savannah cat Sittingpretty Louis
Spotted belly

In all Savannahs, any visible pattern must be spotted but in the black Savannah ghost spotting may occur.

F8 SBT Black Savannah cat Sittingpretty Black Magic
Above: F8 SBT Black Savannah cat Sittingpretty Black Magic
Ghost spotting
F6 SBT Black Smoke Savannah cat Daisy
Above: F6 SBT Black Smoke Savannah cat Daisy
Visible pattern

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