Автор породы поставил задачу сделать фенокопию сервала (стандарт саваны и саренгети сегодня совпадает почти полностью), но без гибридизации.
Карен считает, что добившись нужного типа селекционным путем,а не внесением "диких" генов мы получим стабильную породу.
Ведь не секрет, что саванны к 5-6 генерации теряют тип и окрас, все более приближаясь к бенгалу (я не говорю о серьеных заводчиков, которые работают над породой, а не над собственным финансовым благополучием)
Мое ИМХО, что саренгети были бы лучшим партнером для вязок в саванской программе. Но и как самостоятельная порода они много чего достойны...
К сожалению Карен не имеет такого классного информационного ресурса, как заводчики тойгеров, где показаны этапы селекции, но порода только стартовала и все впереди..
Created by Karen Sausman of Kingsmark Cattery in California in 1994, the Serengeti Cat breed is accepted for registration with TICA and showing in the Preliminary New Breed classes.
What breeds were used to create Serengeti Cats?
Serengeti cats have been created using primarily Oriental Shorthair Cats and Bengal Cats, but individuals of other breeds could be used if they have something to offer.
Are Servals used to create Serengeti Cats?
No, because of the genetic diversity of the founding breeds - Bengals and Oriental Shorthairs - there has been no need to introduce serval blood into the Serengeti Cat.
The current gene pool for Bengals is quite large containing both domestic and wild genes from many individuals of at least 8 different forms: the Asian Leopard Cat, the British Shorthair, unregistered domestic shorthair, the "Indian Mau", the Ocicat, the Egyptian Mau, the Abyssinian, and the Burmese (Bombay). Some even carry Persian bloodlines. The Oriental Shorthair was created from domestic shorthairs and Siamese.
What does the Serengeti Cat look like?
The Serengeti Cat is a medium boned, long legged, domestic cat slightly resembling a long-legged African wild cat. There have been no servals used to create Serengeti Cats.
The Serengeti Cat is a clear yellow to gold cat with a pattern of distinct widely spaced black spots. Their stomach, ventral surfaces, whisker pads, chin, throat and jowls can be a little lighter in color. The coat is short, thick, and moderately soft. Since melanistic servals are known to exist. Serengeti Cats may also be cold gray with black spots, silver with black spots or solid black.
The ears of the Serengeti Cat are very large, rounded on the end, and placed directly on the top of the skull with black backs and a "eye-spot". Eyes can be gold to amber; green is acceptable.
The conformation of the Serengeti Cat is more similar to the Oriental Shorthair. The obvious differences is that the Serengeti Cat is being bred for larger bone, longer legs and a much more upright and larger ear. Their posture is more upright with their heads held high on a long, thick neck. This conformation sets them apart form both the Bengal Cat, which is supposed to have a long, sinuous body and very small ears, and the Oriental Shorthair, which is supposed to have its ears set more on the side of the head and a have a more elegant, finer boned body. Also, "glitter", which has been introduced into the Bengal Cat from the "Indian Mau", is acceptable in the Serengeti Cat.
How large are Serengeti Cats?
Males can weigh between 10-15 pounds and females weigh between 8-12 pounds.
How do Serengeti Cats behave?
The temperament of the Serengeti Cat is open, self-assured and friendly. If introduced properly they should get along well with other pets. They are active and can be vocal, but not as much as their oriental ancestors. They love to climb and chase toys and will play for hours.
Can Serengeti Cats be shown in cat shows?
Serengeti Cats are registered with The International Cat Assocation (TICA) as a developing breed. They may be brought to shows for Evaluation as a Preliminary New Breed at this time. There is a carefully written standard for judging Serengeti Cats which meets TICA's guidelines.
Created by Karen Sausman of Kingsmark Cattery in California in 1994, the Serengeti Cat breed is accepted in the Foundation registry of TICA and can be shown in Evaluation classes at TICA shows.
APPROVED MARCH 2007
HEAD - 35 points
SHAPE - 4
EARS - 12
EYES - 5
CHIN - 2
MUZZLE - 2
NOSE - 1
PROFILE - 5
NECK - 4
BODY - 30 points
TORSO - 5
LEGS - 10
FEET - 2
TAIL - 3
BONING - 5
MUSCULATURE - 5
COAT/COLOR/PATTERN - 35 points
LENGTH - 3
TEXTURE - 2
PATTERN - 20
COLOR - 10
DIVISIONS: Tabby, Solid and Silver/Smoke Division.
COLORS: Tabby Division: Brown spotted ONLY
Solid Division: Black ONLY.
Silver/Smoke Division: silver spotted and black smoke.
Shape: The head is longer than it is wide: a modified wedge, starting at the nose and flaring out in a straight line to the base of ears forming a triangle with a slight break at the whiskers. Cheeks should not be prominent.
Ears: Wide and deep at the base with rounded tips. Strikingly large, equal to the length of the head. Set upright and close together on the top of the head.
Eyes: Round and large. Neither protruding nor recessed. Separated by a broad nose. Much more than an eye width apart. Gold or yellow eye color preferred, hazel to light green allowed.
Chin: Strong and lines up with tip of nose in the same vertical plane, neither receding nor excessively massive.
Muzzle: Medium with moderately full and rounded whisker pads. With a slight break at the whiskers.
Profile: Straight line from the nose to the brow, then gently loping to the top of the head, flowing into an arched neck.
Neck: Long in proportion to body. Thick with very little to no taper into back of head.
Torso: Semi-foreign and solid. Rump and shoulders should be the same level giving a very upright posture. Males may be somewhat larger than females.
Legs: Extremely long with medium boning and musculature.
Feet: Medium, oval.
Tail: Thick and tapering slightly from the body to the end. Medium short, ideally short of shoulder when laid along torso.
Boning: Medium leg boning with a substantial torso of good depth..
Musculature: Long and lean.
Length: short and even
Texture: Fine textured, dense, with some loft
Tabby Division: Any shade of brown with high contrast between the ground color and the spots. Light to white underbelly, chin and front of muzzle. Back of ears with eye spot. Glitter acceptable.
Solid Division: Black solid, ghost spots may be visible .
Silver/Shaded Division: Black spots on a clear silver body; black smoke
Random spotted or solid. On spotted cats preference given to random high contrast spot pattern, spot pattern on shoulders and hips extending down the legs and black rings around the tail. Two-toned spots (rosettes) should be penalized.
Balance: Square build with level topline.
Condition: Well muscled
Temperament: Confident. Must be unchallenging.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The ideal Serengeti Cat is a medium sized cat with long legs. It should be in excellent physical condition, strong and muscular. It should appear as a graceful, statuesque, squarely built cat with a very upright posture. Also noticeable is the long neck, which blends into the base of the skull without tapering. Strikingly large round-tipped ears, equal to the length of the head, are one of the main features of the Serengeti. They should have a gentle, confident, outgoing and alert temperament.
ALLOWANCES: Locket on throat or small spot in groin
PENALIZE: Spots tending toward bars on side of body; two-toned (rosetted) spots; heavy ticking; small ears; short legs
WITHHOLD ALL AWARDS: White tail tip, toes or white anywhere on the body except for small locket described above. Miniaturization. Blue eyes.
Temperament must be unchallenging; any sign of definate challenge shall disqualify. The cat may exhibit fear, seek to flee, or generally complain aloud but must not threaten to harm.
Evidence of intent to deceive the judge by artificial means, cats with all or part of their tail missing (except those breeds whose standard calls for this feature), totally blind cats, cats having more or less than five toes on each front foot and four on each back foot (unless proved to be the result of an injury or as authorized by a Board approved standard), and, at the discretion of the judge, tail faults (visible or invisible) and/or crossed yes shall be disqualified from championship competition. See Show Rules, ARTICLE SIXTEEN for comprehensive rules governing penalties/disqualifications applying to all breeds.