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Hybrids between domestic and wild/exotic animals are considered domestic, according to USDA (US Department of Agriculture). Good examples of these would be wolf dogs or various small cat breeds. However, to transport them outside of USA, you need CITES permit.

These domestic hybrid cat breeds, such as the
Bengal ( Asian Leopard Cat (ALC)-derived), Savannah (Serval-derived) and Chausie (African Jungle Cat-derived) are described by their generation with the number after the letter F, F meaning filial.

The F number refers to the generations they are removed from the wild cat used to create that cat breed. A first generation cross between an exotic cat and a domestic is designated F1. An F2 is the next generation, deriving from a cross between an F1 and a domestic cat (so the wild cat is the grandparent, two generations away), an F3 derives from an F2 and a domestic cat (wild cat is great-grandparent and three generations away) and so on. These "F" designations can be very important, for example: some states consider F5 or further domestic when they ban hybrids of F1 through F4, and the domestic cat registry TICA allows F3 and further to be shown at cat shows.


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