Snowy Points Cattery

Snowshoe Siamese and Traditional Siamese

History of the Snowshoe Cat

 

History and Description of the Snowshoe Cat Breed

   The Snowshoe is a rare and relatively new breed of cat, originating in the United States of America. The Snowshoe is a medium-sized shorthair cat, looking like a bluepoint or sealpoint Siamese, with two white mittens in the front  and two white boots in the back.  Many Snowshoe cats have a white inverted “V” over their muzzle, and a white chin and throat.  Ideally, the white pattern is symmetrical.  With brilliant blue eyes, this is a strikingly beautiful cat.

 The snowshoe was first produced in Philadelphia, in the 1960’s, by a Siamese breeder whose cat gave birth to three Siamese kittens with the white mitted pattern. The breeder,  Dorothy Hinds-Daughterty,  worked diligently to promote her cats, and began a breeding program dedicated to them.  New breeders were recruited, and they, too, worked to have Snowshoe cats recognized for registration within cat associations.   It took a number of breeders working on Snowshoe Standards and registration rules to accomplish the goal of official recognition as a CFF breed, in 1982.

 In 1990, Snowshoes were advanced to Championship status in ACFA.  By 1993, both TICA and ACFA recognized the breed, and more breeders were breeding and showing these handsome cats.  Today, most United States cat associations recognize the breed for championship status, (The Snowshoe is accepted by AACE, ACFA, CFF, TCA,and TICA) and breeders in Europe and Australia are starting to breed and show them.  They are a uniquely American breed, and very rare outside of the USA.

 The Snowshoe cat’s sturdy body and round head is modeled after the Traditional Siamese, often called an “applehead”.  Several genetic factors are involved in the pattern of white mitts and boots, and because the patterns can be difficult to predict, it can be hard to breed Snowshoe kittens with “perfect patterns”.  Kittens might be solid sealpoints with no white, or they may have too much white on the legs or chest.  This is still a very young breed, and it is rare, due to the difficulty of reproducing the pattern on the coat.   Snowshoe kittens can be born with any of the standard Siamese colors, but the dark point colors are preferred, because they provide more striking contrast with the white mitts.  Snowshoes which lack the color and pattern to be show cats still make grand champion pets. Owners rave about the pleasing personality, a lovely blend of the mellow, even-tempered American Shorthair and the lively, vocal Siamese

 Personality

Snowshoe cats are affectionate and active, without being high-strung.  They have an even-tempered disposition. Due to this, they do well in families with children, dogs and lots of activity in the household.  Snowshoes are people-oriented and show extreme devotion to their human families.  The epitome of the underfoot cat, Snowshoes always want to be by your side or on your lap, big blue eyes gleaming with affection, snowy paws patting you if you’re not giving them their due of attention.  If you work full time out of the home, Snowshoes will be more content if they have a cat companion to keep them company until you return.  While not as loud or outspoken as the Siamese, many Snowshoes are never at a loss for words if they feel they have a legitimate complaint. However, their voices are generally quieter and more melodic than that of the Siamese. Snowshoes can express themselves. They are noted as being very intelligent and have the ability to learn tricks, such as fetch, and can learn to open various types of cabinets, doors and sometimes even refrigerators.  Like the Siamese, they carry toys around the house in their mouths, and love to retrieve them, bringing back their toys for repeated throwing. Some Snowshoes like water, particularly running water. If you’re missing a hair scrunchy, first look in the water dish – a favorite place to deposit their spoils.  Though active, the Snowshoe is not restless nor easily agitated, and like their Siamese cousins, they have a fondness for perching and high places.  The highest spot in the house is just the place for the curious, intelligent Snowshoe. They enjoy teaching you tricks as well—Snowshoes are experts at wrapping you around their little white feet.

Conclusion

The combination of an agile yet strong body, pointed pattern, fancy white gloves, and (in some) white facial markings makes this breed singular and special. The unique combination of traits also makes the Snowshoe one of the most difficult cats to breed to perfection for competition in Shows. Because of that, the Snowshoe breed remains rare and there are usually waiting lists for kittens from Snowy Points Cattery in Bow New Hampshire. 

For information about upcoming litters, available kittens, or other inquiries,                         call Mary Jo at 603-883-2070, or Lisa at 603-228-2538

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