Native Country United States Of America Other Names N/A Life Expectancy Approximately 13-15 Years Litter Size No Information Available
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".
History 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.
Behavior 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.
Health 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.