Savannah Breed Section Principles of Breeding

1. Read and familiarize yourself with the Savannah Breed Standard. Support and abide by the By-Laws and Rules of the International Cat Association (TICA).

2. Always conduct yourself in a manner which reflects both positively on you as an owner/breeder as well as the Savannah breed. Conduct yourself properly at shows and exhibits; treat TICA judges and exhibitors respectfully. Abstain from public criticism in the form of maligning others or their cats.

3. Avoid sensationalizing this domestic breed by emphasizing their exotic ancestry in such as referring to them as cubs instead of kittens, exaggerating their size and weight, promoting their behaviors as wild, referring to them as ‘miniature Servals’ or using any other inaccurate or over exaggerated statement to dramatize the breed.

4. Never knowingly sell or place a Savannah with unethical persons or those who would not provide proper care to the cat. Refuse to sell a Savannah to or through a pet shop or to any wholesale dealer/broker.

5. Should you become aware of the mistreatment, abuse, or need for relocation of any Savannah, make every effort to be of assistance by notifying the breeder of the cat involved and/or the Savannah Rescue as needed, and helping in any other way in which you are able.

6. Maintain adequate room for exercise, clean and comfortable quarters, sufficient ventilation and natural light, a high quality diet and clean water, regular vaccinations, veterinary care in the event of health issues, and human interaction, love, and affection.

7. Provide proper facilities and care for the safe and healthy delivery of kittens, as well as adequate interaction and socialization of the kittens.

8. Appreciate the unique nature of the Savannah and try to develop the characteristics this cat has inherited from its Serval ancestry.

9. Strive in each breeding to improve the breed according to Savannah breed Standard. Conscientiously plan each breeding based on parents of good health, appropriate temperament, appearance, and other desirable qualities.

10. Do not breed any female which is not mature and in good health.

11. Keep accurate records of all pedigrees.  Provide records to other breeders or potential pet owners upon request when the purchase of a cat/kitten is being entertained.

12. Be aware of genetic defects which can be harmful to the breed. When breeding, endeavor to select animals that will reduce the incidence of genetic problems while enhancing the positive attributes and abilities of the breed.

13. If a cat/kitten is suspected of carrying a genetic defect it should be assessed by a veterinarian to further evaluate the animal, any tests or procedures recommended based on this evaluation should be conducted in a timely manner.

14. All reasonable effort should be made to contact any purchaser of breeding kittens from cats diagnosed with a genetic disease or defect, and given the pertinent test results. Informing pet buyers should also be attempted whenever feasible.

15. Act responsibly toward all kittens you have produced for the lifetime of the kittens. Encourage the purchaser to contact you if the purchaser has any questions, and respond in a timely manner. In like manner, encourage owners to contact you if they can no longer keep a cat at any time in the cat’s life.

16. Encourage potential owners to thoroughly research their local hybrid laws before selling a kitten to them.

17. Screen all potential kitten buyers, to ensure the kitten(s) go to a good home that can physically, mentally, and financially provide proper care.

18. Written contracts are recommended for all transactions, such as sales, guarantees, co-ownerships, breeding rights agreements, cat leases, stud services, etc.

19. Guarantee that the kitten/cat is in good health at the time of sale.

20. Urge the purchaser to have the kitten/cat examined by the purchaser’s own veterinarian within a few days of purchase to confirm its good health.

21. Require that any pet kitten be spayed or neutered no later than 12 months of age and not be allowed to produce any offspring.

22. Provide the TICA registration application form and/or pedigree for the kitten/cat in a timely manner, however in the case of a pet kitten, provide the documents ONLY after receiving written evidence from a licensed veterinarian that the kitten/cat has been altered.

23. Provide vaccinations in a timely manner according to current recommendations. Educate new kitten owners on the need for vaccinations, and provide a schedule of when future vaccinations are due for the kitten.

24. Explain to the purchaser the dangers of an outdoor environment.

25. Honestly explain the drawbacks of owning a Serval as a pet.