Welcome to F1Hybrids Savannahs, my name is Michelle Tuck (Formally Michelle Mills!). Along side my husband (Ryan Tuck), and two dogs (Hermes & Q) we live on a 10 acre working farm. At the end of July 2017 we expect our first born child!
We are located just outside Knoxville, Tennessee. Our home is part of the green belt in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Just a short distance from the famous Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Black Berry Farm and Cades Cove.
"F1hybrids" was registered in 2006 with TICA, The International Cat Association. TICA is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats. The organization has a genetic registry for pedigreed and household pet cats and is one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows.
From 2006-2011 I worked with all generations of Savannah Cat, some of which have gone on to further other program around the world. In 2011 fortune shined down upon me and blessed me with my first foundation F1 Savannah Cats. By even greater luck the pairing was produced by an F2 Savannah Cat to Serval Cat, which is a very rare and difficult cross.
Experienced in raising all generations I made the decision that lower generations where not advanced enough at that time to provide the type of cat desired by pet owners. So in 2011 I turned my focus to F1 Savannahs & F2 Savannahs, with the goal of breeding SV to SV to get exceptional lower generations.
Experience raising F1 Savannah litters taught me that most homes require the lower energy of an F2 Savannah Cat that can not be found in F1's. My focus now is to produce the highest quality F2 Savannah Cats.
Breed Development can not happen properly without the strong relationships forged by breeders working together. I would like to thanks the breeders who have worked with me over the years.I owe thanks to my dearest friend, Sue Armstrong of Amara Savannahs. Sue Armstrong has been around form the start of Savannah Cats and Bengal Cats (Over 25 years of experience). Her efforts produced cats that have helped shaped the breed. I also wish to thank my wonderful friend Mery B. Peek of Ivorycoast Savannahs (Retired). Ivorycoast can be found in many pedigrees as she worked hard producing many foundation cats. Her work early on in developing fertile lower generations should not be forgotten.
Our new cattery is beginning with a reclaimed tobacco barn (70 wide x 70 long X 25 high). Designed for proper animal husbandry with large spacing of exterior for premium ventilation, maximum natural light plus viewing pleasure, proper drainage and enrichment activities (Kiddy pool, vertical space, plants, toys, perches, radio). Adults have a large communal play section. They also have a unique buddy system that connects designated female pairs together, custom designed to be divided when pregnant, since pregnant females are territorial. Every cat has it's own toys, stainless steel food/treat dishes, perches and enrichment activities. Everything was carefully designed to be disinfected yet offer quality living arrangements.
Kittens are raised in my home which the adults also visit. My "kitten area" is an entire 1,500 sqft finished basement with epoxy floor (Which is a cat paradise full of toys!). Equipped with a nursery room and extra large teenager room. It is organized chaos that is always clean and well maintained.
When raising our kittens we apply what we call a "Kitten Development Program". Our "Kitten Development Program" is rooted in the amazing; Puppy Culture by Jane Messineo Lindquist (Killion). Jane has had Bull Terriers since 1982 and she and her husband, Mark Lindquist, breed Bull Terriers under the "Madcap" kennel name.
We have two dogs, "Q" & Hermes both of which are rescue dogs. In case your Star Trek fans, Q is named after the character! Our kittens are all raised along side the dogs for better socialization. Each of our dogs are opposites in the best possible way. They are both very careful with the kittens, teaching them valuable life lessons.
Taking proper care of the cats takes up majority of my time but I do have several hobbies. A few of my hobbies include photography, website design and going to work along side my husband Ryan Tuck. He is a Professional Horse Farrier (Paramount Farrier Service) and Blacksmith (Iron Heart Of Appalchia Forge). We often work with other equine professionals in our area which has resulted in working on horses at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and Blackberry Farm. He has also has been a Race Horse Jokey (Riding Eclipse Award Winning Horses), Radiograph Vet Technician, Professional Musician and PRCA professional bull rider. He is a top hand in animal husbandry making him a perfect "Catman".
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