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Serengeti

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Is the Serengeti right for you?

The basics:
A wild cat that isn’t: while bearing a striking resemblance to the wild African Serval, the Serengeti is all domestic. With their sleek, athletic build, leopard-like spots and a uniquely wild face, the Serengeti has obvious appeal. They’re considered a hybrid, but only because the breed was founded using the Bengal, a hybrid breed directly descended from the Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat.

Loving and loyal, the Serengeti is a trustworthy and dynamic companion. If you’re looking for a quiet fireside companion, this breed may not be for you. The energetic Serengeti will make your house a race track, and a fun game might be waiting just under the bed to pounce your feet when you walk by. But don’t mistake their inexhaustible enthusiasm for disinterest in you: the Serengeti has earned the nickname “Velcro cat” for their desire to stick by your side. Just be aware that whatever you doing looks like a potentially fun game to your Serengeti!

The Serengeti is the result of crossing a Bengal with an Oriental Shorthair. The idea was to create a breed of cat that looked like a Wild African Serval, but without the wild blood (as is the case with the Safari cat).

Appearance / health:
The Serengeti is a medium sized cat, long and lean with an upright posture. The legs are long and strong with medium oval feet. Their thick tail tapers slightly from base to tip and is medium in length. The neck is long and without taper from shoulders to the base of the skull. The head is somewhat wedge-shaped, longer than it is wide with a medium-sized muzzle and full, rounded whisker pads. The bridge of the nose is somewhat wide and forms a flat plane from forehead to nose-tip. Their ears are quite large proportionally, with a wide base and rounded tips. They sit upright and close together on the top of the head. The eyes are widely space, large and round. The eyes come in shades of gold, yellow, and shades from hazel to light green.

The Serengeti has a short, tight coat, dense, but with a silky texture. They are recognized in tabby, solid, and silver/smoke. The tabby coat may have a light beige or gold background with black or dark brown spots. The solid coat is only recognized in solid black, though very faint “ghost spotting” may sometimes be seen. The silver/smoke division recognizes black silver spotted tabbies, and black smoke. Though it is not officially recognized by the breed registries, the Serengeti has also been known to come in a snow spotted, or lynx point, variety.

Behavior / temperament:
Confident, athletic, and agile, the Serengeti is not for those desiring a quiet life. This very active cat seems to believe if somewhere is worth going, it’s worth getting their fast. They like to zip through the house, and they have a gift for leaping and climbing to the highest shelves and nooks. They are endlessly playful and will delight in interactive games like fetch or chasing toys.

Though the Serengeti is not a lap cat, they are loving and loyal once they get to know their families. The Serengeti will be ever by your side, inviting themselves to take part in everything you do. They’re something of a vocal cat, and will enjoy it if you take part in polite conversation with them. They will not do well if left alone for long periods of the day, and may benefit from similarly enthusiastic feline companionship. The Serengeti is bests with older children, as their exuberance and spontaneity may startle and frighten young children.

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