introduced to the world by a breeder in Philadelphia,
the late 1960's. Three
kittens of Siamese parentage that were born with white mitted feet
foundation of the breed. American Bi-coloured Shorthairs were then used
1986 a Snowshoe breeding project was started in the UK.
From 1998 Mollie Southall of Coldenufforsnow cats worked tirelessly for
years with other breeders to establish the breed in the
UK. Import cats, as well as British shorthair,
cats have been used to ensure a healthy breed with no genetic health
Snowshoes are still relatively rare in Europe and it is usual to have
to wait if you have a specific colour or pattern in mind. It
important to remember that it is the Snowshoe temperament that stands
it apart from other cats, so any colour or patten of cat will be a
sweet tempered and affectionate member of the family.
Snowshoe is a medium sized cat, combining the heftiness of its
ancestors and the length of its oriental ancestors. The cat is well
overall; neither too small nor too large. It is firm and muscular,
powerful and should have an athletic build with the appearance of a
rather than a weightlifter. Snowshoes are a healthy breed and
not bred to look extreme. They look like a cat and they act like a cat
and have no health issues known today.
The Snowshoe is a
Championship breed with the GCCF and TICA and my Snowshoes enjoy
meeting new people and entertaining the judges at shows. Three of the
four GCCF Champion Snowshoes were bred here by me and my teenage
daughter Ellie. Sapphirestar Frostbite and Sapphirestar Summer days are
both Champions. Frostbite was the first male GCCF Champion
Summer is the second female Snowshoe Champion and the youngest female
to be made up at just 9 months. Diamondice Snow Prince (George) was
bred by my daughter and was made up to Champion in April 2014, he is
the first ever bluepoint Snowshoe to be awarded Champion status. George
was also the first Snowshoe to be awarded a GCCF Grand Certificate.
The Snowshoe temperament is best described as
indeed little seems to faze
them. They are great extroverts at shows, revelling in the attention
receive and will come to meet you at the door when you get home. They
love interactive play with their owners, quickly learning
play “fetch” (they may even teach you how to do
pong balls are a great favourite, as are climbing frames, especially
include a tunnel or hammock. They are quick, intelligent and also love
company and are an ideal cat for families. They readily accept
breeds of cats, dogs and of course children! The ideal all-round cat.
The combination of striking blue eyes, pointed pattern and white trim
unique amongst shorthaired cats. They are so eyecatching and
inquisitive that they charm all visitors and can even convert non cat
The Snowshoe can be shown in all the Siamese colours, including the
usual colours found in the UK are seal and blue point cats,
with and without white.
The preferred classic pattern is most striking, but very
difficult to achieve. Some USA
breeders describe Snowshoes as being ‘as different as pebbles
on the beach’,
each kitten showing its own distinctive pattern, each having its own
appeal. Some Pedigree Snowshoes are born with no white at all
are very pretty, resembling the Old Style of Siamese found in the 50's
and still very popular today.
Kittens from the same litter demonstrating 3 of the Snowshoe patterns
in seal point - Bi-colour, solid (colourpoint) and mitted
The Snowshoe makes an ideal pet for any household, they are great
companion cats and their intelligence matched with an easy going
temperament makes them like a lais back
Siamese. They are very rewarding to live with, they run to the door to
greet you when you get home and are happy to cuddle up for as long as
you will. The Snowshoe is a perfect choice for busy active households -
not phased by anything and seem to enjoy being part of the mayhem.
You can sum up the breed by saying that they are everybody's
friend. They are the least aloof cats I have ever met and are great at
integrating themselves with non cat lovers.
Snowshoes adapt well to multicat households and mix well with other
breeds, whether energetic or more sedantary breeds. On the whole a
Snowshoe cat will adapt to living with older or younger cats.
have Snowshoes, British Shorthairs, the moggie and two dogs
living in the house here. They range in age and all
get on well (with certain exceptions!) and it's lovely to see
the different breeds sleeping in a
big cat pile.
Snowshoes like people with time to love them, so are perfect pets for
the retired or stay at home parents. They are lap cats and will sit
happily on children or adults. The Snowshoe is more likely to share
their love around than the Siamese, who can make more fierce loyalties
to one person, but I do have Snowshoe's with preferences for individual
Although energetic and playful the Snowshoe is not generally stressed
about being left during the day, they are not a destructive breed -
though all kittens can get up to mischief is left unattended!
Snowshoes are well suited to a working adult household. They
more adaptable to being left alone all day than a dog would be and they
will be ready to play as soon as you walk through the door. If the
kitten is to be left all day completly alone, then they would be
happier if they had another cat for company - either pedigree or a
rescue moggie would be perfect. It is down to personal preference of
course, but several of my Snowshoes share their owners beds. They are a
well balanced, people friendly cat.
My Snowshoes actually like children, so are very well suited to living
in homes with children. Snowshoes are tolerant and are not stressed by
much, so sudden noises and rushing around children are not a problem.
My daughter was only 2 years old when we got our first Snowshoe in
was well used to cats so treated the new kitten with care and respect.
Clearly caution should always be taken, but my Snowshoes who
to homes with children have bonded very well with them and my daughter
is my stud boy Idris' favourite person in the world.
Snowshoes are so adaptable that I know of cats holidaying with their
families all around the country. They bond to their people and have no
problem with upheavel such as moving house, a new baby or other pets
entering the household.
The above characteristics are of course generalisations and upbringing
must be taken into account. If you want a well socialised kitten who
will adapt well to your household, then I recommend looking for a
kitten who has been raised in similar circumstances. I have
breeding Snowshoes since 2010 and thoroughly enjoy raising confident,
outgoing kittens who go on to delight their new owners and are great
ambassadors for the Snowshoe breed. Once owned by a Snowshoe you will
never be without one, they are truelly addictive personalities.
independent reveiws from Snowshoe owners on the catster link below, or
come and meet my cats and see for yourself!
further information on the Snowshoe breed please go to www.thesnowshoecatsociety.co.uk