The Savannah cat is a lovely cat that is often used as an affectionate or show cat. This breed originated in Georgia and moved with early settlers to the new world. The name Savannah is derived from the old Spanish word which means “fierce.” During the colonial period, the cats of this type were used for a variety of things including as pets, show animals and even as fighters.
Although later generations of this breed are nearly identical in physical appearance to other strains, they still appear to be larger because of their long, muscular foreheads. Savannah Cats are sometimes characterized by their short, triangular heads, broad ears and large, round paws that sit high on their foreheads. They also possess slightly longer-than-normal legs. Despite their distinct looks, there are actually no major health defects present in the modern descendants of the original Savannah cats.
However, many breeders claim that the modern day samsara cat does not carry any of the ancient traits associated with this majestic breed. These arguments center on a few characteristics of the American wild-serval, such as the tendency of females to carry kittens that are born underdeveloped. Because the wild Servals are nocturnal hunters, they may come into contact with humans who are hunting during the night. It has been suggested that the Savannah cat is a genetic descendant of a wild-domestic Serval that was domesticated and allowed into the United States. Other breeders point to the Serval’s small size and robust muscular build as evidence that the modern day samsara is very different from its ancestors.
Because the modern domestic cat has a much longer lifespan than was possible for the primitive samsara, the Savannah cat was able to survive until the early 1900s. A captive female can live up to 45 years; however, the male samsara is known to live up to two decades. Although the wild cat is no longer available in the wild it is believed that it can still be reintroduced to parts of Alaska, Mexico and Brazil.
The long legs of the modern American savannah cat give it an athletic appearance when it walks, although the appearance is deceptive. In fact, these animals are not stocky, but have short legs and a squatting posture. Their coats can be tawny and oily or darkish and dull. Females tend to be smaller than males.
Historically, the long legs of the f1 Savannah cats were thought to be a result of hunting on the ground, where the animals would “throw” their weight onto their front legs, but recent studies indicate that the animals actually stand on their hind legs instead. Regardless of which type of mammal they are, it is a fact that all three types of Savannah Cats exist in the wilds of southwest Africa. However, there is a chance that the long legs of one variety may have originated in the Near East, while another type may have come from the coastal areas of China. Since no long-tailed mammal with such long legs and body structure is found in the wild any of these feline families could be introduced into the United States.