The Savannah inherits its tall, lean, muscular build from the serval cat of the African plains. Its outstanding features are exceptionally long legs, ears and neck. Colors include solid black, black smoke and spotted tabby. The spotted tabby should have bold, black markings against a background of gold, orange or silver.
According to breeders like Sroufe, there are no grooming requirements for these cats. They are shorthaired and do not need to be brushed or combed. On the other hand, they don?t mind baths.
The ideal home for a Savannah would be an active family where people are available often for interaction. The Savannah should have a companion cat if it is going to be left alone for 10-12 hours a day during working time. Otherwise, they can get bored and will be more reserved cats without lots of socialization, just like many other very intelligent breeds. Savannahs that have grown up in an interactive environment do well with strangers, dogs and well-trained children.
Even in the early hybrid generations, Savannahs are confident cats that interact well with people and other animals. They are often mischievous as well as curious. Energetic, active and playful, they enjoy a good game of fetch and can be readily trained to walk on a leash. They can do the birdlike sounds of the Serval as well as speaking real "cat."
Savannah breeders are working to maintain the exceptionally long neck, legs and ears of the Serval, bred to the size of a large domestic cat. The preferred colors are those that mimic the high contrast spots of the Serval: brown spotted tabby (black spots on a gold to orange ground color) and silver spotted tabby (black spots on a silver ground color). Black is also an accepted color, but distinct spots should still be seen in good light. A fourth color, black smoke, is permitted but rarely seen.