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Savannah Cat

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DBd1itwvuRs/Tf1h3NZCtlI/AAAAAAAAHa8/Vky6hxSwlTk/s320/savannah-cat-breed8.jpgDomestic cats and servals, more specifically African servals, can be breed to make a new breed of cat known as the Savannah. Savannah cats are sold as pets and are the biggest breed of domesticated cats. Savannahs are fertile and are usually breed with other domestic cats to make them less 'wild'. For example, when a domestic cat is breed with a serval, the produced Savannah is known as a F1 Savannah cat. If this new F1 Savannah gets breed with another domestic cat, you get a F2 Savannah. This pattern continues up to F7 Savannahs. F1-F3 females are usually held back for breeding purposes while the males are sold. This is because the F1-F3 males are all sterile. F5-F7 males can be held back for breeding while the females are sold. The later generations are easier to produce and therefore, are cheaper than the earlier generations. For example, F1 Savannah cats are sold at an average of $20,000 and as high as $30,000 whereas F5-F7 Savannahs can be bought for only $1,000.
Parent Species: Domestic Cat (Felis catus)

Chromosome # of Parent: 38

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felis
Species: Catus

Length: average 18 in
Height: average 9-10 in
Weight: average 8-11 lbs
*because there are so many species of domestic cats, these numbers are very variable
Offspring: Savannah Cat

Chromosome #: 38

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae

Height: 14-18 in
Weight: 10-30 lbs
Female Parent Species:  Serval (Leptailurus serval)

Chromosome # of Parent: 38

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felidae
Genus: Leptailurus
Species: Serval
*many sub-species

Length: 23 to 36 in
Height: 21 to 26 in
Weight: 15-40 lbs