Snowshoe cat breed<<<< Back to cat breeds
- Country: S.U.A.
- Origin: mix
- Scientific name: Felis catus
- Weight: 7-12lbs (3-5.5kg)
- Colors: white, tan, brown
- Coat: Short
- Temperament: affectionate, sociable, discreet
- Health: generally healthy
- Litter size: 5 puppies
- Lifespan: 10 - 15 years
- Price: $500-$1200 USD (400-550pounds)
Snowshe is a relatively new breed, with origins in the United States. The first Snowshoe cats appeared in Philadelphia, when a breeders' Siamese cat gave birth to three kittens with an unique color pattern. The owner began to promote the original specimens. It continued with several selective breeding programs and efforts for the recognition from the US feline associations. Even if they exist for more than 45 years, the Snowshoe cats are rare because the specific pattern of the coat is difficult to obtain. However, the race is becoming more and more popular in the US and Europe.
In the 60s, a Siamese cat which belonged to a breeder named Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty, gave birth to three kittens with white fur on the legs. Intrigued by the unique look, the breeder started to selectively breed cats with the same fur pattern, using Siamese cats and bicolored specimens of American Shorthair. Hinds-Daugherty named the breed, inspired by the white paws of the specimen. Hinds-Daugherty gave up raising Snowshoe cats after participating in several exhibitions where the breed was not recognized. The Philadelphias breeders' efforts were taken over by Vikki Olander, who managed to obtain the experimental breed status from the American Association of Felines in 1974. Olander also wrote the first description of the standard Snowshoe specimen. In 1993, the Snowshoe cats were recognized as a breed by the International Feline Association.
Aspect Snowshoe cat
These cats have medium sized ears, with slightly rounded tips and the head is usually triangular. The eyes are oval and oriented towards the ears base. Males are slightly larger than females, but not exceeding the size of a normal cat. The average weight varies between 2.5 and 5.5 kg. The paws are oval shaped, with five fingers in the front and four in the back. The length of the tail is proportional to the body and narrows slightly towards the tip.
The short hair presents white areas on the legs and an upside-down V-shaped pattern from the centre of the forehead to the muzzle. The accepted colors for these cats are blue, brown and chocolate-brown.
Behavior Snowshoe cat
The Snowshoe cats are generally very affectionate and quiet. They enjoy human company and attention. They get along well with children and other pets. These cats are very sociable and docile, showing devotion to their owners. It is these qualities that make the Snowshoe pets that would not bear to stay alone for large periods of time. This can be avoided by purchasing a second cat for their company.
Snowshoe cats can express their wishes and disapprovals by meowing, but not as loud as the Siamese. Many Snowshoe owners testified that the felines are very intelligent, able to learn tricks or to open different types of doors. These cats love water, especially flowing ones and occasionally will even swim. Although they have an active temperament, the Snowshoe cats don't become restless or agitated quickly. These cats have a fondness for high places in the house.
Features Snowshoe cat
The short hair doesn't require special care but cats enjoy the attention given while brushing. Normally, the Snowshoe cats are fairly resistant to illness, showing no specific diseases. However, after the age of 8 a periodical medical check is needed to prevent kidney and dental problems.
Snowshoe kittens are born white.
Common Diseases Snowshoe cat
Being a new breed there is no accurate list of diseases and ilnesses, but it is assumed it can aquire some of the diseases of the breed that it was created from.
A Snowshoe cat can live up to 15 years, but the average life expectancy is 10 years.