F3A “Khione”

F3A Savannah Queen – Demdar “Snow Nymph” of Exotic Tails, aka Khione.

(NOTE: Khione is now retired and living a pampered life in her new pet home.)

Khione comes from a lineage of Savannah Cats bred to have no Bengal in their background foundation cats. Her lines have produced a few precious and rare fertile F4 males! We are very excited to have her in our program and hope to hold back a male to test for fertility.

Khione is a rare “Seal Lynx Spotted Tabby” Savannah Cat, fondly also known as “Snows”. Seal Spotted colouring is the tabby version of the “Colour Point” gene (commonly seen on Siamese and Himilayan cats). Because Seal Spotted Tabby is a recessive gene, both parents have to be carrying a copy of the gene for it to be seen on their kittens. Colour Points get their unique colouring from a mutated gene that causes partial albinism. The gene is also heat sensitive. This means the cooler the area on the body, the more pronounced the colours/markings will be. This explains why the face, tail and legs are where the most pigment will show up.

Seal Lynx kittens are born completely white. This is due to the continuous heat provided in the queen’s womb. Kittens take several weeks to months developing their contrast, and get darker continuously as they age.

Khione has ice blue eyes to compliment her pale colouring and has distinct caramel coloured spotting. While Snows are not currently an accepted colour by TICA (The International Cat Association) or the CCA (Canadian Cat Association), we feel that the Seal Lynx Tabby strongly resembles the white African Serval, and believe Khione brings some great traits to our breeding program. When paired with the right stud, Khione only produces the standard BST (Brown Spotted Tabby) colouring.

As a responsible breeder, Khione has only been bred to cats that we have colour coded, and will only place breeding offspring into other programs that fully understand how the recessive gene works. Breeder kittens will also be DNA color tested.

For even more information on “Snows” and colour genetics, please visit our “Physical Appearance” page and scroll down.

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