Savannah Cats currently hold the status of a Championship registered breed with TICA, which means that certain Savannahs can be shown. The criteria required is that the cat is at least four months of age, is at least an F4 or further generation from the Serval, and is an SBT registered cat. It must also be one of the permissible colors, so BST, SST, black, or smoke.
These terms refer to the Registration Codes given to our cats by our Feline Registry TICA.
A-registered Savannahs are Savannahs with only ONE Savannah parent, usually the Savannah mother and a domestic outcross sire (such as one of our permissable outcross breeds – Egyptian Mau, Oriental Shorthair, Ocicat or Domestic Shorthair).
B-registered Savannah is one in which both parents are Savannahs, but not all grandparents are Savannahs. For example, crossing an A-registered Savannah to another A-registered Savannah will give you B-registered offspring.
C-registered Savannahs are when all four grandparents are Savannahs … or two generations of Savannah to Savannah breeding. Crossing a B-registered Savannah to another B-registered Savannah will give you C-registered Savannah offspring.
SBT stands for “Stud Book Traditional” and is a cat with three generations of Savannah to Savannah breeding – all great-grandparents are Savannahs. Two C-registered Savannah s will produce an SBT litter. This is what is considered a purebred cat and is the eventual goal of our Savannah breed section.
These codes are not terribly important to the pet buyer, but critical to a breeder. To develop this breed, we need to progress through the codes to SBT. The importance to the pet buyer of codes might simply be that you might expect a “B” kitten to be typier than an “A” kitten. This is not true in all cases, as careful selection of the cats is necessary no matter what the “code is.
“F” stands for “filial” generation… in the case of the Savannah breed, it refers to the number of generations away from its wild ancestor, the Serval. For example, an F1 is one generation away from the Serval, this means that the Serval is the parent of an F1. An F2 is two generations away, so the Serval is the grandparent.
Yes, The International Cat Association (TICA) is the only feline registry that will accept Savannahs or other hybrids. You can learn more about TICA and how to register your Savannah at www.tica.org If your breeder doesn’t register your kitten for you, you should receive a ‘blue slip’ with it when it arrives that you can send in to TICA to register the kitten with a name of your choosing. The kitten will have the breeder’s cattery name as part of its registered name per TICA protocol.