Table of contents:
- History of the Serengeti breed
- The character and behavior of the serengeti
- Serengeti nutrition and care
- Breeding serengeti
- Breed recognition
- 20 nicknames suitable for serengeti
Video: Serengeti (cat)
Serengeti cat is a breed of cats obtained by crossing Bengal, Oriental, Abyssinian and European short-haired cats. The purpose of the breeding was to obtain a domestic cat that looks like a serval. The Serengeti are loving, affectionate with children and easily get used to the company of a person. This is one of the largest cat breeds - males can weigh 15 kg, females up to 8-10 kg.
History of the Serengeti breed
In 1994, the American breeder and biologist Karen Souzman set out to produce a domestic serval-like cat, abandoning the use of servals for breeding. This means that the serengeti were the result of crossing the recognized domestic cat breeds - Bengal, Oriental, Abyssinian and European Shorthair.
The serengeti got their name in honor of the eponymous savanna located in the vastness of Africa. Savannah Serengeti is famous for its large number of wild servals, which is why Karen Southman decided to give this name to her “children”.
Bengal cats are the basis of the Serengeti breed. Bengal gave the representatives of the Serengeti such distinctive features of appearance as large eyes, a wide nose, expressive predatory gaze and thick hair that shines noticeably in the light. To get cats with a thinner silhouette and serval-like features of the muzzle, Bengals were brought together with cats of the eastern breed. And to make the result as close as possible to the serval, orientals were used for breeding, which gave the serengeti such characteristic features as an elongated body with long legs, a wedge-shaped head and characteristic locator ears. At the same time, the serengeti has strong muscles and bones.
In addition to high-set large ears, long legs, an elongated body and a medium length of tail, serengeti are distinguished by characteristic honey-colored eyes and spotted small-speckled pattern.
Wedge-shaped head, elongated with a straight profile. The chin is strong but not heavy. The neck is long, strong and slender. A spot on the back of the ear is desirable. The eyes are large, round, and close-set. Acceptable colors are golden, light green, hazel, light copper. The legs are very high and muscular. Feet are oval, tightly knit. The tail is rather thick, wide at the base, tapering towards the end. The tip of the tail is rounded, black. The coat is short, thick, smooth, with a silky sheen. The undercoat is short, almost not pronounced.
Color - spotted (tabby) in any variants. The tail is always colored in ring stripes. The black line running from the inner corners of the eyes makes the serengeti even more like servals, therefore it is a desirable, but not required, appearance feature.
The character and behavior of the serengeti
A very playful character is considered the norm for serengeti, which manifests itself in everything. The pet will prefer playing with a ball of thread to any hunt, if it is not hungry. Almost anything that the serengeti can drive around the room can become a toy. At home and while walking on the street, animals explore every object they meet on their way.
Not so much a character trait as a feature of the Serengeti breed - increased talkativeness. The Serengeti meow and purr and chirp. They make other sounds as well. Serengeti have territorial and social attachments and a tendency to establish hierarchical relationships, which often leads to conflicts with other cats.
Serengeti are loving, affectionate with children and easily get used to human company, they often insist on getting affection from their owners. The breed is distinguished by increased jumping ability, in the house they like to climb to the highest places - for example, on closets, and study them carefully.
Serengeti nutrition and care
Serengeti do not put forward special requirements in terms of nutrition to their owners. Caring for them is required quite ordinary, once a week it is recommended to personally examine the animal for malaise or unhealthy physical manifestations. Wipe your pet's coat with a soft cloth once or twice a week, otherwise it may lose its luster. Remember to check and clean your ears if they have accumulated dirt. To do this, use a cotton swab dipped in ear lotion. It should be borne in mind that these are large and rapidly growing cats, therefore, at the time of maturation and growth, a kitten should be provided with a balanced diet with a large amount of calcium, phosphorus and protein, and should also be able to move a lot and variedly for the proper development of the musculoskeletal system.
Currently, the serengeti has no health problems. Average life expectancy is 10-12 years.
It is strictly forbidden to use wild cats for breeding serengeti. As a result of the connection between servals and domestic cats, infertile males are born, and in addition, raising such kittens is very difficult, and this is exactly what the creators of the Serengeti breed wanted to get away from. Bite, tail and bone problems can also occur.
Mixing serengeti with other breeds should pursue a specific goal, such as giving kittens certain features characteristic of a particular breed.
Breeders pay particular attention to the selection of Bengal cats for breeding during the initial breeding of serengeti. These animals must have a set of characteristics that are not common to all Bengal lines. The color of the cats is especially important.
The breed is recognized by TICA and LOOF as experimental.
20 nicknames suitable for serengeti
For male kittens: Count, Leo, Padishah, Chester, Negusu, Typhon, Harer, Aesop, Cepheus, Ain.
For female kittens: Abyssinia, Bagheera, Princess, Candice, Lalibela, Santara, Ethiopia, Didyma, Nash, Hira.
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