HP Savannah Cat Info
HP Savannah Cats = High Serval Percentage in Savannah Cats
First, We would like to point out that the information provided on this page is based on our (Luxury Savannahs) own opinion on percentage and HP (High Percentage) Savannah Cats. This information also abides by most Savannah Breeder's standards and definition of what makes a Savannah cat "HP."
The Percentage presented in a Savannah Cat's description is represented as the percentage of Wild African Serval blood in a Savannah.
Based on the biology of genetics and the fact that there is no testing that can be done to prove the actual percentage of Serval your Savannah has, most percentages are given as a hypothetical guess and not actual authenticity. (This isn't a negative thing unless the Breeder is being deceptive in the presentation.)
In short, if and when a breeder tells you the % of Their Savannah Cat, It is not necessarily accurate, only, and unless, their serval is bred directly with a domestic cat.
When a serval is bred to a domestic cat, the kittens from this breeding are 50% serval – half of the genes come from the serval parent and half of the genes come from the domestic cat parent. This is the only breeding where the serval percentage is known.
What is a "HP" Savannah Cat?
A HP (high percentage) Savannah is considered to be the authentication of the "highest" amount of wild African Serval blood that can be found in a Savannah.
The highest percentage of Wild blood is found in the F1 Savannah and secondly, the F2 Savannah.
The term "HP Savannah" used in breeding is mainly focused on the F1 and F2 Generations.
A Breeder may consider their Savannah cat a "HP" and sell their offspring as "HP" even if it doesn't follow the actual standard meaning we are trying to achieve behind the "HP" (or "Elite") Savannah terminology we, ethical breeders, would like it to refer to. It doesn't mean they are wrong, it is just not what we are trying to achieve in the term "HP Savannah Cats". When a breeder uses the term "HP" to represent an F1 Savannah Litter that is not the offspring of a F1 or F2 queen (mother), at that point, the term "HP" is mainly a selling strategy.
Here is where the term "HP Savannah" starts to be used.
If a breeder breeds an F1 or F2 Savannah to a serval, the breeder reaches the highest amount of serval blood in a Savannah cat. THIS and THIS Alone should be the ultimate coin for the term, "HP Savannah."
The most rare and difficult of all pairings is a F1 or F2 Savannah bred to a Serval. It is already difficult to create the F1 Savannah cat as it is. *** not a lot of breeders will even attempt the F1 to serval pairing because there are many fertility issues within this HP pairing that the purpose of this mating is almost ineffectual or aimless to the future of the breed. They are mainly only created to be sold as pets.
**F2 Kittens can be labeled as "HP F2 Savannahs" if their mother is a HP F1 Savannah.
Our simple breakdown of the term "HP Savannah Cats:"
#1. F1 kittens born from a F1 Savannah queen
#2. F1 kittens born from a F2 Savannah queen
#3. F2 kittens born from a F1 queen that is #1. ( mom of F2 kittens is a F1 born from a F1 Savannah queen)
#4. F2 kittens born from a F1 queen that is #2. ( mom of F2 kittens is a F1 born from a F2 Savannah queen )
Further Example within The Luxury Savannahs cattery:
Our F1 Savannah Queen who has an F3 Savannah mother is technically considered HP because she has a high % of Serval blood. But, we do not (and would not) necessarily term her as a "HP F1 Savannah" and her offspring will not be advertised as "HP F2 Savannahs" even though her F2 kittens look almost as exotic as their F1 mother.
Our F1 Savannah Queen who has an F2 Savannah mother is considered an "HP Savannah Cat" and her F2 kittens will be advertised as "HP F2 Savannahs."