Created by Karen Sausman of Kingsmark Cattery in California in 1994, the Serengeti Cat breed is accepted in the Foundation registry of TICA.
We are excited to announce that as of the Spring of 2002 Serengeti Cats may now be shown in the Evaluation classes at TICA shows.
What breeds were used to create Serengeti Cats?
Serengeti cats have been created using primarily Oriental Shorthair Cats and Bengal Cats.
Are Servals used to create Serengeti Cats?
No, because of the genetic diversity of the founding breeds - Bengals and Oriental Shorthairs - there has been no need to introduce serval blood into the Serengeti Cat. The current gene pool for Bengals is quite large containing both domestic and wild genes from many individuals of at least 8 different forms: the Asian Leopard Cat, the British Shorthair, unregistered domestic shorthair, the "Indian Mau", the Ocicat, the Egyptian Mau, the Abyssinian, and the Burmese (Bombay). Some even carry Persian bloodlines. The Oriental Shorthair was created from domestic shorthairs and Siamese.
What does the Serengeti Cat look like?
The Serengeti Cat is a large boned, long legged, domestic cat resembling an African wild cat called a Serval. There have been no servals used to create Serengeti Cats.
The Serengeti Cat is a clear yellow to gold cat with a pattern of distinct widely spaced black spots. Their stomach, ventral surfaces, whisker pads, chin, throat and jowls can be a little lighter in color. The coat is short, thick, and moderately soft. Since melanistic servals are known to exist. Serengeti Cats may also be cold gray with black spots, silver with black spots or solid black.
The ears of the Serengeti Cat are very large, rounded on the end, and placed directly on the top of the skull with black backs and a "eye-spot". Eyes can be gold to amber; green is acceptable. The conformation of the Serengeti Cat is more similar to the Oriental Shorthair. The obvious differences is that the Serengeti Cat is being bred for larger bone, longer legs and a much more upright and larger ear. Their posture is more upright with their heads held high on a long, thick neck. This conformation sets them apart form both the Bengal Cat, which is supposed to have a long, sinuous body and very small ears, and the Oriental Shorthair, which is supposed to have its ears set more on the side of the head and a have a more elegant, finer boned body. Also, "glitter", which has been introduced into the Bengal Cat from the "Indian Mau", is acceptable in the Serengeti Cat.
How large are Serengeti Cats?
Males can weigh between 10-15 pounds and females weigh between 8-12 pounds.
How do Serengeti Cats behave?
The temperament of the Serengeti Cat is open, self-assured and friendly. If introduced properly they should get along well with other pets. They are active and can be vocal, but not as much as their oriental ancestors. They love to climb and chase toys and will play for hours.
Can Serengeti Cats be shown in cat shows?
Serengeti Cats are registered with The International Cat Association (TICA) as a developing breed. They may be brought to shows for Evaluation only at this time. There is a carefully written standard for judging Serengeti Cats which meets TICA's guidelines.
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