Serengeti cat with a kitten behind her.

Serengeti Cat Breed

This tall and elegant breed loves to climb to high places, and has a gentle but outgoing temperament.

Designer-bred to resemble the serval—a small, leggy wild cat of the African grasslands—the Serengeti was created in California in the mid-1990s and is now also known in Europe and Australia. The result of crossing a Bengal with an Oriental, this breed stands out among others with its long neck and legs, and upright stance.

Most conspicuous are the Serengeti’s exceptionally large ears, which are the same length as its head. This agile cat enjoys climbing and exploring high places. It bonds closely with its owner and is an ideal companion for someone who spends a lot of time at home.

Serengetis form long-lasting bonds with their owners and will follow them anywhere.

Origin: US, 1990s

Breed registries: TICA

Weight range: 8–15lb (3.5–7kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Black solid color; spotted tabby in any shade of brown or silver (silver ground color with black spots); and black smoke.