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World’s Biggest Domestic Cat Breed

Savannah: a new contender for worlds biggest domestic cat breed?

Savannah: a new contender for worlds biggest domestic cat breed? Courtesy Jason Douglas, Wikipedia

Have you ever wondered what the worlds biggest domestic cat breed was? A Maine Coon holds the record for being the longest domestic cat at a length of just over 4 feet. In general Maine Coons are large and may be the biggest breed of all. However, now there is a new contender in the block. Savannah’s are a mix of domestic cat and the African wild cat called the Serval, itself a descendent of the Lion. Savannahs are not all large. Here is a quote from the International Cat Association (ICA) which classes it as an “Advanced New Breed”:

“The Savannah is a tall lean graceful cat with striking dark spots and other bold markings. It is a domestic breed which closely resembles its ancestral source, the African Serval, but is smaller in stature. It is affectionate and outgoing, with exceptionally long neck, legs, and tall ears, as well as a medium length tail, the Savannah is both unusual and beautiful. The Savannah is also an exceptionally graceful and well balanced cat.”

The Savannah is not always an especially large cat: however, introducing Serval genes into the domestic cat line does create that possibility. One of these cats, called Scarlet Magic, is absolutely a giant amongst cats – four and a half feet long and 17 inches shoulder to toe. Scarlet Magic is now officially the largest domestic cat in the world. Here is a short video clip about it:

Worlds Biggest Domestic Cat Breed

Personally I think this is taking breeding just a step too far. It may be the worlds biggest domestic cat breed but what are the consequences? Can you imagine what would happen if one of these cats escaped and interbred with a local feral population? If the cat is that big it could easily retain some wild and aggressive genes as well — just listen to that roar as a clue. Imagine the damage if it attacked a young child. Hopefully the $30,000 price tag will stop it becoming too popular. Not one I would want to own, but certainly a normal size Savannah is a beautiful creature I might consider. Please like this post by clicking on the buttons below to share with your friends.


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  1. Animal Planet does some pretty shockingly anti-pet/irresponsible/exploitative tabloid-esque “reporting” and this is a perfect example. Just listen to the music, ominous sounding voice-over and verbiage they are choosing; “beast”, “dangerously unpredictable”, etc. This is full of questionable and out-right incorrect facts. First, they are not the cat with the “wildest” genes. There are several hybrids – meaning a cross between a small wild felid and domestics cat; Bengals, Chausies, Safari cats, etc. Every hybrid starts with pretty much the same amount of “wild.” Also, many people have Servals as pets in Africa and in other countries. The point of these breeds is to create a wild looking breed, not to make the largest cat. Higher percentage hybrids can retain some characteristics – like the bark and chirp. And your biggest problem with a high percentage is not that they are dangerous, but that they are active and can be destructive to furniture (like a badly trained dog) if bored and a few possibly have less than desirable toileting. They have a lot of energy and are not good for people who want a pet that lays around. Please do NOT rely on Animal Planet as your source of facts regarding these pets.
    I was offended by the way they should the cat looking fierce – if you look in the reflection, you can see she is reacting to a toy. To answer your question, if it got out and was fertile (unlikely – pet quality cats are fixed by contract), there would be some really good looking feral kittens who could jump high. As you continue to breed them with domestics, they become exponentially more domestic. It is tempting to show a misleading story, but the fact is that for people who enjoy an active, intelligent pet, they are very rewarding. I have these cats and other hybrids and have friends who have them as well. They walk on a leash, are smart, affectionate and fun. The only danger they pose is to an unguarded roll of toilet paper.

  2. Are there any big cat breeders in the uk and if so is there a breeder that lives in the uk in the Kent are if there is could someone let me know as my Mother-in-law is looking to own a big domestic cat as she has always wanted one since she saw one at the Zoo when she was a small girl.

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