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Serengeti
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United States

Breed Standard
TICA

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Cat (Felis catus)
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The Serengeti is a cat that is closely related to the Bengal and Egyptian Mau in terms of looks. This breed is the brainchild of Karen Sausman, an avid cat fancier as well as a conservation biologist. She is also a respected breeder who owned the Kingsmark Cattery based in California. A Serengeti is fairly easy to take care of but very energetic.

History

Created by Karen Sausman of Kingsmark Cattery in California in 1994, the breed is still in the development stages, but the ultimate aim is to produce a cat that looks similar to a Serval, without using any recent wild cat blood. (Bengal cats originate from hybridization of Asian Leopard Cats. Most Bengal cats used in Serengeti programs are many generations removed from these origins and possess few genetic contributions of the Leopard Cat except alleles affecting coat color.) Serengeti cats are spotted cats, with long legs and very large ears. Males are generally slightly larger and heavier than females and can weigh up to 15lbs; females generally weigh between 8 and 12lbs.

They are recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) in tabby, ebony silver, ebony smoke and solid black. A group of breeders in the UK are currently working towards getting TICA to also recognize the snow spotted (aka lynx point) variety.

The tabby is known as the brown spotted in the UK - however spots can be black or dark brown on a tan, light beige or gold background. The silver has black spots on a silver background. Ghost spotting can sometimes be seen on the solid black version.

Personality

A serengeti cat is generally friendly, but can be shy at first. After they warm up to their owners, they will follow them around and can be very talkative.

Appearance

The Serengeti is a long-legged cat with a tight, silky coat. They come in yellow to gold with spaced black dots. They may also come int solid black or gray. Their ears are very large, rounded at the end and placed directly on top of their head. They have eyes that are usually gold or amber. Males can weight 10-15 pounds and females 8-12.

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