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Serengeti cat - Breed Profile:

Origin: USA
Silver, tabby, solid black, ebony, and ebony smoke
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Vocal
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Can be a handful

Physical characteristics

The Serengeti, which is a cross between the Bengal and the Oriental Shorthair, is a medium size cat with a long lithe body yet very muscular and strong. The Serengeti has strikingly large, round tipped ears equal to length of the head. Placed directly on the top of the skull, they are one of the breed's main features. The other distinctive features are the bright round eyes (usually gold or amber, sometimes green) and long graceful legs. The neck is relatively long and thick, and does not taper (keeps the same width throughout its length). The medium-short tail is thick, with a slight taper from the base to the tip. The tail should not extend beyond the shoulder when laid across the body. The head is an modified wedge being longer than wide. The chin is strong. The cheeks should not be prominent. Overall, the Serengeti resembles the Oriental Shorthair but with heavier boning, longer legs, larger ears, and much more upright posture.
Male Serengeti cats weigh 10 to 15 pounds, females are smaller and weigh 8 to 12 pounds.


The Serengeti has an open, friendly, and self-assured temperament. They are active and can be vocal, but less than their oriental ancestors. Ready to play for hours, they love to climb and chase toys. In a new location, they can be shy for some time, but it doesn't take them long to adapt and quickly become an always-ready-to-help companion that follows you everywhere. They love to get on high places and enjoy running through the house at full speed. Properly introduced, they get along well with other pets. Serengeti cats are well suited to living indoors only, but they will need plenty of cat trees and toys. Indoor / outdoor living would be best though, provided that the outdoor living area is a safe, escape-proof enclosure.

Coat and grooming

The coat is short, tight and silky. It is easy to take care of: once a week grooming should be fine. The colour of these cats can be yellow to gold with a pattern of distinctly, widely spaced black spots. They can also be solid black, cold grey with black spots, bright silver with black spots.


The Serengeti is known to be naturally robust and healthy. There's been no evidence on any breed specific health issues. As well as other cats, it requires proper nutrition, a constant supply of fresh clean water, and annual veterinary visits. Outdoor cats need to see a vet at least four times a year. With a balanced diet and regular health care, the Serengeti will live a long and happy life.

Other interesting facts

The Serengeti cat was bred to resemble the African Serval, but with no Serval blood (unlike Savannahs).