Many lovers of exotic animals have found cross-breeding wild cats with domestic cats to be a God send. They get the beautiful and unique look of a wild cat with the friendly and loving personality of a domestic cat. Many owners of these cross breeds say that the cats are like dogs and make for excellent companions.
The most common and in-demand type of cross breed is the Savannah Cat. This cat is a result of mating an African Serval Cat with a domestic cat. Breeding these animals is tough because of size challenges. The Serval cat is very long and lean, while the domestic cats are much smaller. The first Savannah cat was bred in the 1980's by Judy Frank in Pennsylvania. There is still much to be learned about the cats, but according to HDW Enterprises, the cats are alert, loving, dependable, talkative, playful and curious.
TYPES OF CROSS BREEDS
Aside from the Savannah Cat, there are several other types of cross breeds that exist, which include:
- Pixie Bob: Cross between a Bobcat and domestic cat;
- The Bristol: Cross between a Margay and domestic cat;
- The Chausie: Cross between a Jungle Cat and domestic cat;
- The Jambi: Cross between an Asian Fishing Cat and domestic cat
- The Machbagral: Cross between a Fishing Cat and domestic cat;
- The Punjabi: Cross between an Indian Wild Cat and a domestic cat;
- The Safari: Cross between Geoffrey's Cat and domestic cat; and
- The Usurri: Cross between a Leopard and domestic cat.
Many lovers of big cats and exotic animals will tell you a few of the following reasons to cross-breed these cats, which include:
- The cats are beautiful;
- They are friendly and loving;
- They are protective
- They are as good of a companion as dogs;and
- They are playful;
Listed above, there are very few positives; however, there are many negatives and things to be wary of when cross-breeding, which include:
- The cats have a wild genetic make-up, which makes them somewhat predatory. The chances of them turning on you are higher than those of a dog;
- They cannot be trusted around children;
- Cross-breeding is adding to the feral cat problem in America;
- Cross-breeding is taking animals that are already at-risk of becoming extinct and increasing their odds for extinction;
- Many domestic cats are killed by the wild cats during the mating process.
There you have it, I personally do think that cross-breeding is intriguing and produces gorgeous cats; however, I am against it. The cons are far more serious and clearly outweigh the positive. If you are considering cross-breeding or purchasing a cross-bred cat, then please know the facts and make your decision wisely.