Any cat lover who is interested in breeds beyond the Domestic Shorthair is familiar with the fascinating beauty and endearing personalities of the Maine Coon and Savannah cats. Indeed, each of these gorgeous cats has a unique look and a different temperament than most other domestic cats. It makes sense for someone to want to acquire a kitten resulting from the cross between these two superb breeds.
However, the Savannah breed standard1, as defined by The International Cat Association (TICA), does not allow crosses outside the breed, particularly because this type of crossbreeding can bring about undesirable genetic influences.
Let’s look closer at these two cat breeds and why it’s best to not crossbreed them.
What Is a Savannah Cat?
The Savannah was created by crossing a domestic cat with an African serval, resulting in a magnificent large cat with a wild and exotic look. These cats are prized for their stunning spotted coats and long legs, which give them a distinctive appearance. They are also known for their intelligence, willingness to learn tricks, and loyalty to their owners. However, these active cats need a significant amount of physical and mental stimulation to thrive; otherwise, they can exhibit destructive behaviors.
What Is a Maine Coon?
The Maine Coon is a gentle giant that appeared in the state of Maine in the 19th century. They are distinguished by their impressive size, sumptuous coat, expressive round eyes, and gentle and affectionate personalities. They are friendly and social cats that enjoy the company of their family. They are also intelligent and can easily be trained to do tricks.
Is a Maine Coon Savannah Mix Possible?
The short answer is yes. While it is technically possible to breed a Maine Coon with a Savannah, it is not permitted by TICA.
For one thing, TICA has strict rules about outcrosses between registered breeds. These rules are designed to protect the integrity of the registered breeds and to ensure that any outcrosses do not produce cats with genetic defects or health problems.
Furthermore, according to TICA’s policies, the breed standards established by the Genetics Committee, Rules Committee, and Board of Directors do not permit these outcrosses.
What Would a Maine Coon Savannah Mix Look Like?
A Savannah-Maine Coon mix would definitely be a unique-looking feline. This hypothetical cat would likely have the long, thick coat of the Maine Coon and the distinctive spotted coat pattern of the Savannah cat and probably be huge! Temperament-wise, this cat would likely be inquisitive and playful, as well as loyal and affectionate toward their owners.
Alternatives to a Maine Coon Savannah Mix
If you’re looking for a cat with the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of a Maine Coon and the exotic look of a Savannah, there are a few alternatives that you can consider.
The Bengal and the Abyssinian both have a Savannah-like personality and striking appearance. Conversely, breeds with laidback personalities, like the Persian and the British Shorthair, are more similar to the friendly Maine Coon.
But ultimately, if you have the time, money, and space, you might consider adopting both a Maine Coon and a Savannah. They would make great feline pals and wonderful companions for the whole family!
In many ways, a Savannah Maine Coon mix would be a unique and interesting cat hybrid breed. But there are other alternatives that you can consider that would be more ethical.
Whatever breed you choose, be sure to do your research beforehand and find a reputable breeder. Also, don’t forget to visit your local shelter or rescue organization, as many animals are waiting there for their forever homes.