Origin

United States

A mix of Siamese and American Shorthair breeds, the Snowshoe cat originated in the United States during the 1960s.  The “Snowshoe” name comes from their characteristic white paws.

Personality

 

  • Playful and revel in amusing games of fetch with toys
  • Sociable and crave companionship
  • Highly intelligent and curious
  • Vocal and known for their soft, melodic voice
  • Fascination with dripping water (some even like to swim!)
  • Comfortable with other cats and dogs
  • Non-hypoallergenic
  • Average build

The Snowshoe enjoys being an active member of the house.  Lively and inquisitive, it is not unusual to find a Snowshoe perched on top of the refrigerator surveying the scene.  Clever and a bit mischievous, Snowshoes learn to open doors and can be trained to run feline agility courses.

They love companionship and will seek affection from their family or other pets in the house.  Snowshoes are also vocal and are known to have “conversations” with their owners.

 

Did You Know?

The internet celebrity “Grumpy Cat” was a mixed-breed with traces of Snowshoe.

Did you know cat hair isn’t the cause of reactions by people sensitized to cat allergens? The primary cause is an allergen produced in cats’ saliva.   These allergens are spread to cats’ hair through grooming, which are then shed into the environment.

History

The Snowshoe is a rare breed since it is difficult to breed cats with the distinct markings and patterns that conform well to the standard.  The breed is increasing throughout America but still uncommon elsewhere.  The Snowshoe cat is one of the more rare cats around today.  

Appearance & Coat

All Snowshoe kittens are born white and their unique color patterns appear between 1 to 3 weeks.  Known as “points”, these color patterns appear on their tail, legs, head and ears.  Snowshoes have captivating blue eyes and their short glossy coat comes in blue, seal, lilac and chocolate varieties.   The Snowshoe cat has four white paws, exactly symmetrical in size and shape, as though he has just walked through snow.

Despite the uniform paws, the Snowshoe cat can actually come in a variety of different colors. He has short hair, which eliminates the need for frequent grooming. Excluding the paw pattern, the Snowshoe cats are varied in terms of coat pattern as well.

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