Savannah and Kurilian Bobtail Accepted to Championship Status

TICA has announced that the Savannah and the Kurilian Bobtail breeds have been accepted to Championship Status! Now they join the other 47 breeds that can compete for championship titles and Regional and International awards.

The first known Savannah was born April 7, 1986 when a female domestic cat gave birth to a kitten sired by an African Serval. This F1 (first generation hybrid cross) was the first on record. This unusual female kitten had both domestic and Serval like traits. Both the kitten and breed were named “Savannah”. Patrick Kelly heard about Savannah and decided he wanted to try to develop a new breed. He persuaded a breeder, Joyce Sroufe, to join him in his efforts. Together they wrote the original TICA Breed Standard. TICA accepted the Savannah for registration in 2001.

The Kurilian Bobtail is a natural breed of cat tracing its origins to the Russian Island of Sakhalin and to the Kuril Islands, an archipelago of approximately 56 volcanic islands, stretching 700 miles between the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka and the Japanese island Hokkaido, separating the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the thirteen natural breeds of cat recognized by TICA.

Breeds of cats who have been accepted for championship status are eligible to compete in TICA sanctioned shows and eligible for appropriate titles and/or computation of Annual Awards. These cats must be 8 months of age or more and may be male, female, neuter or spay. Pedigreed kittens (under 8 months of age) do not earn titles, but are eligible to compete in TICA sanctioned shows and may earn points towards Annual Awards.

Savannah Isn’t Just A City In Georgia

Okay, so if it’s not the beautiful city in Georgia, then what is the Savannah?

The Savannah is one of the fast-growing favorites of cat lovers around the world!

A little over 20 years ago (I know that sounds like a long time ago, but nowadays 20 years is like a blink of the eye!) the first-generation Savannah was born. The kitten was the result of a breeding between a female domestic cat and an African Serval. The kitten looked so much like a Serval that they named it Savannah…..and so it also became the name of the breed!

Today this curious, loyal breed of cat is an Advanced New Breed in TICA and quickly working towards its Championship status thanks to the hard work of dedicated breeders.

Although they can’t compete at shows, you may be able to see Savannahs on exhibition at a local show.

You can learn more about the Savannah and print out the breed’s history and information about its personality. And don’t forget to check the show schedule to see if a TICA show is coming to your neighborhood soon! You can contact the show management to see if Savannahs will be at the show.