Originally Posted by megmar6853
Bengals can run very expensive. I am a siamese breeder and I heard about Savannah cats. I went to go look at a breeder near me just for fun and she wanted 3500 dollars for a female Savannah kitten with breeding rights. My show modern siamese female cost me 1000 dollars.
Yes savannahs can be very expensive, actaully $3500.00 for a breeder female is cheap! The reason they are very expensive is that they are rather rare. There are very few African servals that will breed domestics. I have heard they have to be raised with the domestic queen of they will kill it. So I guess once that domestic female is unable to breed then the African Serval cannot breed a domestic anymore? Almost all savannah males are infertile for the first 4 generations. And generally savannah females have very small litters.
The same is true with Bengals with fertility issues in males in the Felial generations. The breed is rather new and so it still being in the developmental stage makes more expense for the "good" breeder because good breeders are always trying to perfect the breed to get as close to the standard as possible. Sometimes that means altering a cat you put a lot of money into so you can bring in a new one closer to the standard, or keep one from a litter with the same bloodlines that is closer to the standard.
I know for myself with the bengals im going to be making a lot of changes with my breeders in the next few years. Retiring queens and keeping ones for breeding that are closer to the breed standard. It's not going to be cheap but im aiming for the best.