Explaining the Tica Registration Codes

The Tica registration number is made up of three parts; the first three letters/numbers followed by a six-numeral code representing the date of birth of the cat and then the last three digits representing the order in which the registration was processed. If the last three digits are "001" then it was the first registration processed on that date.

What does the "F" mean?

These codes are given by Tica ( The International Cat Association), our feline registry. Tica is the only registry that recognizes the Savannah. The letter"F" and "A", "B", "C" and "SBT" can be found at the beginning of the registration code given by Tica to every registered Savannah.

Breeders talk about the Savannahs in the terms F2, F5, F6 etc. The "F" stands for "Filial" and refers to the numbers of generations away from the Serval. This means an F1 is out of a Serval dad and the mom can be a Savannah or an out-cross to create the Savannah. An F2 is two generations away from the Serval, F3 is three generations away from the Serval, etc..The "F" number is very important when we talk about Savannahs. Especially for breeders because we need fertile males to breed with our females. The F1 male generation through the F4 male generation are sterile. Some rare F4 males are fertile but many times they get problems later with their fertility and don't produce any more. Therefore we cannot breed with higher male Savannah generations. We have to understand the various codes our cats will have on the way to achieving SBT status for our breed.

This can get confusing. However, when you understand it, this will give you clarity as to the importance of each generation. Tica has three Registries: The stud Book registry (SBT), The Foundation registry ( where our Savannah's are registered now), and the Experimental Registry ( for cats of breeds that not have yet be accepted or their background is unknown)

What is an "A registered", "B registered" "C registered and "SBT"?

An example would be an F5A Savannah. This means that this cat is 5 generations away from the Serval and a kitten from two cats of different breeds. One parent was a Savannah and the other parent was an out-cross. For the Savannah breed the permissible out-crosses are: Oriental Shorthair, Egyptian Mau, Ocicat and the Domestic Shorthair. Other breeds used to cross with a Savannah are Non Permissible out-crosses

The letter "B" means that at least one Grandparent was of a different breed and both parents were Savannahs.

The letter "C" means that at least one Great Grandparent was of a different breed, both grandparents were Savannahs, and both parents were Savannahs.

SBT means "Stud Book Traditional" and is a Savannah with three generations of Savannah to Savannah breeding. This is what is considered a "purebred" cat and is the ultimate goal for our Savannahs.

SBV instead of SBT stands for "Variant" and means Crosses outside the breed but within the group with a three-generation pedigree" This does not occur (yet) in the Savannah breed. This might come up more in the breed groups wich contains related breeds like the Oriental Shorthair, Siamese, Balinese and Oriental Shorthair.

These letters are more important to a breeder to know the progress in our lines. For pet owners this is not as important, but it is always interesting to know what is in the lines of your Savannah.

What do the "P", "N" and "S" stand for?

There are a lot of numbers on your Savannah registration and all letters stand for what is in the lines of the cat. " P" means Permissible which means " crosses outside the breed or breed group which is allowed". Permissible out-crosses for the Savannah are: Ocicat, Egyptian Mau, Oriental Shorthair and Domestic Shorthair.

The "N" means "NonPermissible" which means "crosses outside the breed or breed group which are NOT among those breeds who are allowed". This includes breeds like the Bengal, Maine Coon and all breeds not mentioned in the Permissible out crosses.

Tica denotes heritage containing another species with the letter "S". The "S" can replace the "N" or "P" on the registration. Therefore any Savannah from the first generation (F1) trough the third generation (F3) will have an "S" in the registration code.

For Category V breeds, which is for Hybrid Breeds that descend from an original cross with a wild cat (Serval), the N and P also appear at the front of the Breed Name as NFoundation Savannah or PFoundation Savannah. A cat will be NFoundation as long as there is a NonPermissable out-cross in the three generation pedigree. When only the Breed or a Permissible out-cross is in the three generation pedigree, then the cat is PFoundation.

And what is the meaning of the 1, 2, 3 and 0 on the registration?

This all represtents the number of generations from a cat of another species or from an unknown or unregistered cat. An F1 Savannah will always be A1S because of the Serval parentage. 0 in the second position (e.g.,A0N) means that there are no unknown or unregistered cats in the three generation pedigree nor other species. So this will be an F4 Savannah or later generation. When the background of a cat is unknown it is registered as 01T. Therefore, the code reflects the unknown parentage. 00 is the coding used for the wild cat, the Serval in our breed.


Don't be afraid to admit that all this is very confusing. All is not simple but I tried to explain it a little more so that you may understand it. The code is there to represent the background of the cat to get more of an idea about the lines and heritage from your Savannah.

As an example; a Savannah has the BOP code.This means it is out of a Savannah to Savannah breeding and one parent was an "A". The "0" indicates that there are no unregistered nor unknown cats in the three generation pedigree. The missing "S" at the end tells you that the cat is at least three generations away from the Serval. The " P" means that all Permissible out-crosses were used in the last generations. The code can tell you a lot when you know how to read it.



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