|DONA MAE'S CELL
|Please use the cell phone when unable to reach us on
The question is often asked:
Why are Savannahs so expensive? The answer is
that the Savannah's price is determined by supply and demand. The demand
is great and the supply is very limited. The reason for this is that
most breeds of domestic cats are easily breed and produce kittens abundantly.
The Savannah cat is a breed under development and unlike with other breeds is
generally not produced by breeding Savannah cats to Savannah cats. The
Savannah cats are a hybrid breed started by breeding a domestic cat to an
African Serval cat. This is not as easy as it sounds. The African
Serval male to be used must be raised with domestic cats and it is ideal if
these African Serval cats used for this never see other African Serval cats.
With a little luck, an African Serval male raised with domestic queens will
breed them, but he may not. The litters produced by these breedings
usually have only one kitten that may survive. With a lot of luck the kitten produced may
be able to feed from the mother, but since the serval cat kittens normally
remain in the mother for typically 10 days longer then the domestic cat mother,
the kitten produced from this breeding will be premature and may need to be
placed in an incubator with around the clock feedings given by humans.
Sometimes these kittens can be returned to the mother after a few hours and can
survive with her. It is hard to find an f1 female because the
breeder will often keep the kitten for their savannah breeding program.
The male f1 is sterile and is of no value to a breeder for producing Savannahs,
but there are so few of them that their price is in the thousands. The f1
Savannah is legal in almost all states and requires no special permits. Serval kittens are a lot more reasonable in price -- again because of supply and
demand. The typical price of a Serval male kitten is $2000 and the female
kitten is more, add another $350 for shipping related expenses. The f1 male savannah is worth so much
because that kitten is legal in most states as a pet and no permit is needed,
while the serval is restricted. In our state of Arizona, permits are never
issued for pet servals -- although in most states people can have servals as
pets and often do not need a permit to do so. Typically, after the first
breeding, if you breed 4 more generations to domestic cats (down breeding) or
you breed 4 more generations to Serval cats (up breeding), then the male
offspring can reproduce, but none of the males in these f1, f2, f3 and f4
generations can reproduce. The f5 generation male can, and he is either
15/16 serval or 15/16 domestic cat. That's only 3% serval in the down
breed line, or 3% domestic cat in the up breed line. The problem with this
is the up breed cat looks just like a serval and the down breed cat likes like a
domestic cat. Hopefully, a combination of up breeding mixed with down
breeding may one day produce Savannahs with a higher percent of serval in them.
When the day comes that good looking Savannahs can be created by breeding
Savannahs to Savannah, the price will drastically drop and these kittens may be
as reasonable in price as an Ocicat or Bengal kitten. This may take
another 20 years.