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Help assesing F3 Kitten quality

George

Savannah Super Cat
Hello everybody,

As the title says, I need some help. Please check the pictures below and leave a comment.
This is a male F3 kitten 10-11 weeks old. at 8 weeks his weight was 1 Kg (2.20 pounds or so i think)
First picture is 3 weeks ago or so
the other two are from yesterday.
Thanks in advance

George
 

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Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
George, what are you wanting to assess? If he's F3 you aren't looking to show nor are you wishing to breed... so if evaluating as a pet imho what traits you look for are very individual to the person looking for a pet! While our breed standard might focus on some traits, many are more interested in other traits like size for instance. Your message mentions his weight yet size is not mentioned in our breed standard. Background color (warm or cool toned) is also not mentioned.

Being a breeder that shows I might critique him from that standpoint, but that may not be what you are looking for...
 

George

Savannah Super Cat
Hi Brigitte,
Thank you for your reply. I was wondering from an overall perspective.
Shapes, color pattern, size ( all though size is not in the standards ) that's why i refereed his weight.
What is your overall opinion? It is going to be a pet, and No probably not going to show it ( its F3B anyway) but still, I would like my savannah to have a nice color,shapes,size. Who wouldn't anyway?
Thanks in advance
 

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Paige
Staff member
George, he looks like a nice kitten...no telling about the size...right now the weight is normal...he can't be shown, so it is really difficult to access from a show quality POV.
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
In terms of size he seems to be growing well, but weight doesn't always equal legs... so a chunky body type will weigh more than a tall elegant body type which is what our breed standard actually prefers. I'm not seeing a lot of leg in those pics but that may be the pictures or the stage of growth he is at... kittens are really hard to judge from a couple of pictures. His ears seem pointy not rounded and not particularly upright...more the Bengal earset which is described as not on top but not on the side of the head. His nose is nice and wide but we'd probably want more nose leather (the hairless part of the nose) so it comes up over the top of the nose more. His eyes are not awful but don't have the boomerang shape we want nor do they seem particularly hooded or deepset like a Serval. His background color is nice and pale and the spots seem large but they look to be already fading if I compare the 8 week pic to the 10-11 week old pics...so I am guessing his contrast won't be great.

If trying to work out what he will look like as adult, look at both parents and know that both will have some influence there.

I think that yes you might want a nice Savannah, BUT there are no perfect Savannahs so your priorities as a pet owner likely are different from a breeder or show exhibitor. Color and size seem more requested by pet buyers in my experience than the rest of a Savannah's type...and as a breeder I am more concerned with type. There are plenty of big cats out there... my British Shorthair neutered male is over 20 lbs.
 
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DocMac

Guest
Excellent, Brigitte. We need more of that in this discussion. For every kitten who is critiqued, I learn much more. I appreciate the comments, I look at the photos again, and my eye becomes a bit more discerning.
 

Per Lausund

Moderator
Staff member
I have to agree with the rest here, an F3 (lucky you!) needs to be judged on his own merits rather than a strict adherence to breed standard. He looks sweet enough to me!
If you like him, take him (provided there are no other issues...), if not find another.
Just my 2 cents worth...
Per
 
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DocMac

Guest
George, are you already this boy's owner? Are you thinking if purchasing him? He's cute as can be.
 

George

Savannah Super Cat
Hi DocMac,​
We haven't decided yet, but we are about to. From what I have seen around, this kitten looks more like a F4-F5 than a F3, hence the doubt and advice asked.​
He is cute, but the fading of the color as Brigitte mentioned and the "poor" (allow me to use this expression) quality of the shapes ( nose, eyes, ears ) is making us doubt a bit....​
 

George

Savannah Super Cat
Adding pictures of the mother(f2) and father (f6c)...I am afraid he will be more like his father , than like his mother ...
 

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