Still a rather rare breed on a world wide
scale the Snowshoe is a new breed to Australia, not seen here until
2011, and gaining Breed Recognition from CCCA, ACF & ANCats during
2011-12. There are currently only three registered active breeders of
the Snowshoe cat in Australia.
History of the
The Snowshoe breed originated in the United States in the early 1960’s.
It was developed by crossing the old style Thai Siamese with the
American Shorthair, to produce a cat with the pointed coat pattern and
blue eyes of the Siamese with the white markings and even temperament of
the bi-colour American Shorthair.
Colours and Patterns of
An exceptionally pretty cat with a Pointed coat pattern and lovely Blue
eyes, the Snowshoe generally, but not always, has white on paws and
The Snowshoe comes in four specific coat patterns:
Classic Pattern (Traditional) - with white face markings & mitted feet in
front, stockings behind.
Mitted pattern - white on the feet but not the face.
Bi-Colour Pattern - a lot of white, generally extending up the legs and
into the body, chest and face.
Colour Point - no white markings at all, so resembling an old style
This combination of blue eyes, pointed pattern and white trim makes the
Snowshoe unique amongst shorthaired cats. The traditional Classic
pattern is most striking, but very difficult to achieve. Some breeders
describe Snowshoes as being ‘as different as Snowflakes’, each kitten
showing its own distinctive pattern, each having its own unique appeal.
The coat is a single layer with no evidence of an undercoat and is
usually smooth to the touch.
The Snowshoe is a medium sized cat. The cat is well balanced overall. It
is firm and muscular, deceptively powerful and agile. A long cat, it has
the appearance of a runner rather than a weightlifter. Males generally
weigh approx 4 - 6 kg & females 3.5 - 5 kg. The Snowshoe is also
renowned as a particularly healthy cat with no known heritable defects.
The Snowshoe is a very companionable cat, forming a close bond with
their family members. They know what you are going to do long before you
know it. They like to be near you, but unlike a dog, they prefer to lead
you rather than to follow you. The resulting personality is unique and
being 'owned' by a Snowshoe is something you have to experience to
appreciate. Once 'owned', you will probably never want to be without
one. The Snowshoe tends to be shy with strangers however their natural
curiosity soon has them making friends all round!
The Snowshoe personality is as unique as their appearance and is never
boring. Generally a highly interactive cat, they may talk to you with
their soft, melodic voice. Almost all are inquisitive and active,
offering many hours of delightful entertainment and a cat's lifetime of
affectionate companionship. The temperament is described as ‘bombproof’
and indeed little seems to faze them. They love interactive play with
their owners. Fishing rod toys are a great favourite, as are climbing
frames, especially those that include a tunnel or hammock. They are
quick, intelligent, and love human company. They also readily accept
other breeds of cats, dogs and of course children! The Snowshoe is truly
the ideal all-round family cat.
It is very important to realise that the Snowshoe is a specific cat
breed and not just a set of markings. It should not be confused with
either the Siamese or a Siamese crossbred carrying white markings. All
genuine Snowshoes in Australia will be accompanied by a set of
Registration papers authenticating their breed heritage.
The Snowshoe is a medium sized short hair cat with beautiful blue eyes.
A very friendly breed, social and interactive, who love to spend time
with their humans and also get along very well with other pets. The
Snowshoe will delight and entertain you, being very playful and
intelligent. They are easy and fun to train for harness and basic
In general you will never be lonely with a Snowshoe in the house! The
Snowshoe is a fabulous cat who will give you many hours of pleasure and
companionship. The very unique Snowshoe breed is truly one of the cat
world's best kept secrets.