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TICA Executive Office
Website: http://www.tica.org
The Cat Fanciers' Association
Website: http://www.cfainc.org

Native Country
United States Of America
Other Names
Life Expectancy
Approximately 13-15 Years
Litter Size
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Breed Appearance
The coat coloration recognized by registries and associations is point coloration, and it comes in a variety of colors, though some organizations do not recognize certain colors. Snowshoe cats have an affectionate and docile disposition. Due to this, they do not do well under circumstances where they are left alone for long periods of time. Snowshoes are also very vocal, though their voices are not as loud as the Siamese, a cat found in their breed heritage. They are noted as being very intelligent and have the ability to learn tricks and open doors. These cats also enjoy water, and may swim.

Breed Description
Head: Medium-sized, shaped almost like an equilateral triangle, with slightly rounded contours. Slightly flat forehead. High cheekbones. Fairly broad muzzle, neither too broad nor pointed or angular. No whisker pinch. Straight nose with very slight curve at the base of the forehead. Firm chin.
Eyes: Fairly large, oval, walnut-shaped, slightly slanted. Separated by one eye-width. Color: blue, as intense as possible.
Neck: Moderately long.
Body: Well-balanced, semi-foreign, can be inscribed in a rectangle. Croup slightly higher than shoulders. Slightly arched back. Medium-boned. Muscles powerful but not massive.
Paw: Proportionate to the body. Medium bone and muscle structure. Medium-sized, oval paws.
Tail: Length in proportion to the body. Moderately thick at the base, tapering slightly to the tip.
Coat: Short, thick, shiny hair lying flat against the body. Very slight undercoat. Classic Siamese colors: seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac. The color of the extremities (points) should contrast clearly with the body color, which is always lighter. The eyes are always blue. Inverted V on the forehead, white markings on the paws. Ideally, four even gloves. The nose leather may be white with no coloring, flesh colored, or multi-colored. In the mitted variety, the white should cover no more than 1/3 the body. In the bicolor, the white should cover no more than 2/3 the body. Among the recognized varieties are: - seal point: dark buff coat on the back, light buff on the belly and chest with brown points - blue point: bluish-white body, with a lighter belly and chest. The points are dark bluish-gray. Snowshoes are born all white, and the points darken with age.
Fault: Head too long. Muzzle too broad. Small, rounded ears. Small, rounded, very slanted eyes. Body very long and frail or too short and massive. Thin tail. Knotted, fine-boned legs. Disqualify: longhaired coat, eyes not blue. White markings covering the colored points. Fewer than four white "shoes".

A white-footed breed made in America This new breed resulted from a desire to combine into one cat the points of the Siamese and the gloved paws of the Birman. It was created in the United States in the 1960s by Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty, a breeder in Philadelphia, by crossing the Siamese with the bicolor American Shorthair. The Snowshoe looks like a hefty Siamese sporting white gloves. Recognized by T.I.C.A. in the 1980s, the breed has been somewhat successful in the United States but remains rare.

This extremely lively cat with a strong personality and is a good hunter. He is sociable and gets along well with other cats and with dogs. Playful Snowshoes are excellent companions for children.

Snowshoes tend to be fairly sturdy cats, healthwise. The most commonly seen health issues, seem most often in older cats, are asthma and heart disease.

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