Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty, a breeder from Philadelphia, developed the Snowshoes breed in the 1960s. Dorothy crossed a Siamese with a bicolor American shorthair cat, and the breed she got in result was pointed and sturdy cat with white markings on its chest, feet and face. Another known breeder named Vikki Olander authored a standard for this new cat and made efforts for its recognition, which finally came in 1974 by the American Cat Association, which was the first that recognized this adorable breed. Though Snowshoes has been recognized by all major cat recognition bodies like the American Cat Fanciers Association, International Cat Association and the American Association of Cat Enthusiasts, but it is still considered a rare breed.
Snowshoes are intelligent cats and love to stay around humans. These cats are an ideal companion and often follow their owners around the house, chatting in a melodic soft voice. Snowshoes usually need company; therefore if you can’t provide it ample time, you should consider having two cats. They are pretty vibrant and vigorous, but really not that highly strung. Most snowshoes are playful by default and can be easily taught various tricks and they enjoy toys and games.
- Activity level: 4/5 (loves playing tricks and games)
- Intelligence: 4/5 (sharp and alert)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (pretty curious)
- Friendliness: 5/5 (very social cat that mixes well with every member of the family and even sometimes with strangers)
- Vocal: 3/5 (Snowshoes is not a very vocal cat but has a sweet, soft and melodic voice)
Snowshoes are medium sized cats that combine the famous, lithe elegance of Siamese breed with the solid heftiness of American Shorthairs. They have pretty long and athletic bodies, that are actually heavier than what they look. They have medium sized legs with a medium sized tail to match the oval and neat paws.
- Fur: Snowshoes have a pointed and short coat which usually comes in the typical Siamese coat colors like blue, seal, cream, chocolate, cinnamon, lilac and fawn. It comes in mitted and bicolor patterns.
- Eyes: Medium in size, round in shape, and bright blue in colour.
- Body Structure: They have long, athletic bodies that look pretty light yet are heavy. These cats are medium in size with strong skeletal structure and firm muscles.
- Facial Features: These cats have an inverted V on their face which starts from their forehead and moves down across muzzle. The head looks like a wedge in appearance with medium size ears.
- Weight: These cats generally weight between 10 to 12 pounds.
Snowshoe’s coat needs mild brushing once or twice a week to remove any dead hair as well as to distribute the skin oils. This breed of cat needs a daily play session to stimulate its urge to explore and hunt and they develop behavioral issues if their mind and body are not kept active. Their teeth need to be brushed weekly to prevent any periodontal disease. It’s also advisable to keep your Snowshoe away from other pets that may have any disease as Snowshoes are prone to catch viruses easily.
Snowshoes generally don’t have any major health issues inherently but rarely they can develop Hyperthyroidism. A simple Blood Test can detect the presence of the disease in your cat.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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