The Ashera Cat (Or a Savannah?)

© AussieGold / Flickr

“Ashera” © AussieGold / Flickr

The Ashera cat is a mix between a regular house cat with the African Serval and the Leopard cat from Asia. Those three cats created the Ashera cat which is bred as a ‘product’ by the American company Lifestyle Pets from Los Angeles. According to Lifestyle Pets the Ashera cat is a genetic manipulated cat who also happens to be hypoallergenic.

The Ashera cats look like a mini leopard, but Lifestyle Pets claim that the pet is as domesticated and affectionate as a regular old house cat. Ironic, because according to wikipedia an agent of the company warns that this cat needs to be accompanied by a behavior-therapist.

Savannah or Ashera?
The authenticity of the breed is still a puzzle because the only known examples of the Ashera cats have been proven by DNA testing to be Savannah cats. Those were the three Ashera’s that were found on Schiphol, an airport in Holland. They were tested on their DNA and turned out to be three Savannah’s (recourse: Wikipedia and the Ashera vs Savannah Blog (recommended website!))

Looks & Personality

"Savannah" © FusionKatz

“Savannah” © FusionKatz

The Ashera cat can weight up to 12 kg (25 pounds) and grow up to 1.20 meters long (3.9 ft) and they can become twenty years or older. They look a lot like the Savannah cats: A light brown, sandy colored coat with dark spotting.

The price of the Ashera can range up from 22000 US dollars to a ridiculous price of 125,000 US dollars.

Savannah
Many websites and groups on the internet think the Ashera might be a sort of Savannah, or even the Savannah. The Savannah is a mix of a house cat and an African Serval.

Resource
Wikipedia.nl
Lifestylepets.com
ashera-savannah-cat.blogspot.nl (Really interesting to read about the Savannah’s which were being sold as Ashera cats)
thedailymew.com

What do you think of this breed?

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17 Responses to “The Ashera Cat (Or a Savannah?)”

  1. angelswhisper2011

    I don’t know, Dianda, but something smells on this one. I can’t believe this is a housecat, but that might be, because I don’t know anything about them.

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  2. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    Always worrying. Someone with little knowledge but a lot of money is very likely to go for an animal like this, thinking it will give them something unique and then find they have no idea how to cope with it. What happens then? Why, oh why, must humans mess with nature so much?

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    • Dianda

      Exactly what I was thinking.
      I remember when I was watching Jackson Galaxy, he was helping a couple who either had a Bengal or a Savannah. They didn’t know what to do with it, barely played with it, and if they played with it, it was more like a dog kind of wrestle.

      Those cats seem to have a lot of needs!

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  3. alienredqueen

    Savannahs are crosses between Servals and domestic cats, right? So what you’re saying is people are trying to pass of the Savannahs as Asheras? I’ll admit, hubby has wanted a Savannah for a while…but we are committed to our animals. They aren’t just designer accessories for us. :(

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  4. Janet@TheCatOnMyHead

    We’d never heard of a Ashera before. The photos show a really gorgeous cat whether to is this Ashera or a Savannah. Sounds like the Ashera may just be a made up name to get people to spend more money. If that is the case, shame on those people. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  5. Tom Duhamel

    I knew something was very wrong when I read the very sentence. I was already ready to email you to tell you there was something wrong with your article. Really, a mix with a… Bengal Tiger? But I read the rest of the article and realized where you were coming to with that.

    You may remember Modern Cats, in which I spent quite some time explaining the difference between Felinae and Pantherinae. Looking at those pictures, I can’t see any trait from anything related to a tiger. The small head, short nose, large eyes and large ears. That’s 100% Felinea, not trace of a tiger there. And yes, it indeed looks like a Savannah and nothing else. A genetic mix between a Felinae and a Pantherinae would be a first in 15 millions years, I believe. And if someone attempts it, I hope they do it artificially. I wouldn’t want to see a tiger mating with a domestic cat!!

    I did read that blog you referred to, when they talk about the Savannah cats sold as Ashera cats. Interesting reading, indeed. I think the original breeder wasn’t totally clean though. Selling a F1, really?

    Thanks for posting!!

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    • Dianda

      I don’t know enough about the F1 and F2 going on with savannahs!

      I hope the Bengal Tigercat isn’t the real bengal tiger that they mentioned. Because I just can’t find anything about it on google beside the bengal tiger. And that would be insane. Oh, my bad! I just realized that I used the literally translation. The bengal tigercat should be: Leopard cat.

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