Temperment and Behavior
Savannahs are commonly compared to dogs because of their loyalty, personality and their sociability. Many Savannahs can be trained to walk on a leash, and play fetch. Socializing a Savannah is crucial, at any generation. Savannahs are very regal, and confident in their demeanor. Most Savannah cats are far from lap cats, but will lay right next to you. Most Savannahs do not like to be held, but love to be right by your side, and a part of everything you do. Savannahs are very agile and have incredible jumping ability. They are known to jump on top of doors, refrigerators and high cabinets, and can about 8 feet high from a standing position. They love to climb and love being up as high as possible!!!. Beams and high ledges, and kitchen shelves are not an uncommon place to find your Savannah! Savannahs are very inquisitive, and have been known to get into all sorts of things. They often learn how to open doors, windows, and cupboards. Anyone buying a Savannah will likely need to take special precautions to prevent the cat from getting into things. Unlike domestic cats, any Savannah cats love water, and will play or even swim in water. Finding your cat in a running shower is not uncommon. Savannahs love to “bat” all the water out of the bowl until it is empty, using their front paws. Savannahs often chirp like their serval fathers, and meow like their domestic mothers, or a very entertaining combination of both. Chirping is observed more often in earlier generations. Savannahs may also “hiss”—a serval-like hiss quite different from a domestic cat’s hiss, sounding more like a very loud snake. If unfamiliar to the sound, it can be a very menacing sound.
I learned about the Savannah breed about 6 months prior to actually getting my first cat. I did a lot of research, and educated myself about the breed, as well as the responsibilities that came with owning the breed. I met an incredible Savannah breeder; Jan Rockwell owner of Snow Canyon Savannahs in St George, Utah. Snow Canyon Savannahs is now our sister cattery. I think some of the greatest blessings that have come from owning and breeding Savannahs are the lifelong friendships I have made.
I quickly learned Savannahs are unlike any other breed. The uniqueness and Red Rock qualities of the breed was very exciting for me, but I wanted to be sure an savannah cat was a nice fit for our family and lifestyle. Savannahs are amazing cats, but they are not for everyone. Owning a Savannahs comes with both a responsibility and a liability. Great thought, education, and preparation should be taken when welcoming a new Savannah into your home. I am grateful we did all of the above.
I decided a lower generation would be the best introduction to the breed. I found my first Savannah girl, Nala, just over 7 years ago. I have never looked back! I immediately fell in love with the breed. Since then, we have grown our family of Savannah cats to include both males and females, ranging from F2-F6 generations.
I love their independence, intelligence, and regal demeanor. I enjoy their playful attitudes, curious personalities, and mischievous ways. I very quickly learned that I needed to be smarter than my Savannah. I also learned that “Savannah Proofing” my home was really something I needed to do.
Savannahs love to get into everything! They love to climb, jump, open cupboards, play with toys, and especially love toilet paper- unrolling all over the house. They are great a helping me clean my desk (if you call scattering papers helping). They love to be involved in everything we do, and always let you know they are around. They are very talkative cats. They talk and chirp.. A LOT!! There are those days, I compare my Savannahs to a bad 2 year old. I must be a glutton for punishment! But I can’t resist how cute they are. I compare owning a Savannah to eating potato chips, you can’t stop at just one!
I am continually learning and growing. They are a huge responsibility, but I feel lucky and grateful to be a part of this incredible breed. My goal is to share our Savannahs and educate people about this remarkable breed. As a breeder, I want to preserve the integrity and unique qualities of the Red Rock Red Rock Savannah cat. It is very clear to me why this is the most highly sought after breed of cats in the world. I am truly blessed.