Snowshoe Cat:Cat Breed Profile

Snowshoe cat

The Snowshoe cat takes up some characteristics of the Siamese, from which it descends. However, It’s a slightly calmer cat, perhaps a little less talkative, and frankly perfect for families.

Families appreciate Its tenderness and loyalty. They also like that It’s maintenance-free, Its health is solid, and It can adapt to all types of life.

History of the breed

The Snowshoe is a cat of American origin, and more precisely from Philadelphia. In the 1960s, Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty experimented with a cross between a Siamese and a two-tone American Shorthair, then another with a Birman. The result was immediate: a cat with short hair colored ends and blue eyes.

The Snowshoe cat had just been created. Until now, it did not exist. Its name, It owes it to Its white feet. Its silhouette also resembles the Siamese. TICA recognized it in the 1980s.

Physical features

  • Its body: The body of the Snowshoe is qualified as a semi-foreign format by the standard, which highlights a harmonious and muscular body. This is really the case by observing it. We also notice that despite its density, it does not seem that heavy, although it happens to be. Especially males, who tend to be bulkier and taller than females.
  • Its coat: The Snowshoe’s coat is short, but can also be mid-short. It has characteristics of softness. It is also silky and dense. However, it is not necessarily stuck to the body.
  • Its color: The Snowshoe standard accepts all colors possible. However, It’s pretty strict when it comes to patterns. Indeed, only 2 are accepted: the Mitted and the Bicolore. In the first case, a color darker than the rest of the body should be visible on the ears, mask, legs (except feet) and tail. The front feet are white and the hind legs are white up to the thigh. The body, on the other hand, is generally an eggshell to milky white color. Darker spots are tolerated on the shoulders and hips. The Bicolor, for its part, has the same particularity on the ears, the mask (an inverted V without extending beyond the eyes), the legs, and the tail. The truffle is pink. The chest, belly, legs, and feet are white. Moreover, the standard concedes that the Bicolor is quite difficult to obtain because the white must be visible in specific places.
  • Its head: It is in the shape of an equilateral triangle and has rounded contours. The bone structure is visible. The cheekbones are high and the cheeks of adult males are more developed. The forehead is flat, whether in front or in profile, while the nose is flat. The muzzle is of medium length and has a slight pinch.
  • Its eyes: They are rather large, oval or round. They are tilted, but not enough to call them oriental. Their color differs and the standard accepts all shades, without distinction.
  • its ears: They are of fairly medium size, placed in line with the head. They are wide at the base and their end is rounded.
  • Its tail: It is medium in size and fairly classic: wide at the base, it becomes narrower as it goes.

Behavior and Characters

The Snowshoe cat is beautiful, stylish, and loved by families. It’s tenderloving, endearing. It appreciates the hugs, the caresses, the moments of relaxation spent with Its master.
It doesn’t appreciate loneliness. It enjoys contact with Its owner.
It’s slightly less active than the Siamese, therefore calmer, more relaxed. Its character is softhealthy, and balanced. Like the Siamese, It’s sometimes too talkative. For the rest, it’s a perfect feline for families with children.
It won’t hesitate to play with and to be delicate. It asks for attention and affection, as It’s able to give back.

Living Conditions

The Snowshoe cat can have fun in all possible environments. It’s above all an indoor cat, loving its comfort and adoring to climb a cat tree for example. Accessories are also essential.

This allows It,  to exert Itself physically. It will never be against a balcony or a small outside, just to get some fresh air. Note that the Snowshoe loves water. it will never be reluctant to soak in it.

Health & Maintenance

The Snowshoe has no known hereditary disease. It’s not necessarily afraid of the cold, although it is better to avoid it going out in extreme conditions during winter.

It does not often fall ill and has, as such, iron health. However, as for all cats, it is essential to have them vaccinated against the usual pathologies, namely rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza.

These vaccines will be the guarantors of life without major health concerns, with some exceptions.

Hypoallergenic Breed: No

The life expectancy of a Snowshoe is between 12 and 15 years .

The Snowshoe cat does not need to be groomed. With the short hair or the medium hair, it will only need to be brushed regularly, but without excess. Its skin must remain soft, silky, and dense. Its dead hair tends to come off very easily.

Weekly brushing is more than enough to satisfy this cat, which does not require any particular maintenance. Sometimes it is advisable to check the condition of Its eyes and ears.

The diet of Snowshoe should be based on human food such as meat, starches, fresh vegetables. It can be based on industrial food, and therefore high-quality croquettes.

Avoid mash, which is not always popular. In all cases, It must eat according to Its daily routin. Above all, do not overfeed it, otherwise, It will become overweight.



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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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