Savannah and Bengal Cats

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The Savannah and the Bengal are both domestic hybrid cats. The Savannah is bred from the African serval, and the Bengal is bred from the Asian leopard. Both of these cats have many similarities. They are energetic, and love to play. There are many misconceptions about these two breeds. There are ownership laws in the United States, and other places around the world, that limit or restrict the right to own one of these animals because of their wild relatives. Before purchasing one of these cats, check your local city, county, and state laws to be sure it is legal to own a Savannah or Bengal where you live. Savannah and Bengal cats are controversial, beautiful, full of personality, loving, unique, amazing athletes, and loyal to their owners. In 1889, the earliest mention of an Asian leopard / domestic cross was when Harrison Weir wrote in Our Cats and All About Them. The earliest confirmed Asian leopard / domestic cross was in 1934. On April 7th, 1986 is when the first Savannah cat was born. Suzi Woods owned a male African serval cat, and Bengal breeder Judee Frank, crossed him with a Siamese domestic cat. This produced the very first Savannah cat appropriately named “Savannah”. Patrick Kelley was one of the first to purchase one of these kittens in 1989. With the help of Joyce Sroufe, her and Patrick Kelley wrote the original version of the Savannah breed standard. The international Cat Association accepted the breed for registration in 2001. Both breeds are however not accepted by the Cat Fancier’s Association. They are one of the world’s largest cat registries, but do not except hybrids. The Savannah and the Bengal cats can be best described as “wild looking”. They both have black spots that cover their back and their sides with stripes on their legs, neck, and tail. Their heads are smaller than the rest of their body, and have long pointed ears. Even though

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