The Snowshoe is a rare breed of cat originating in the 1960s in the USA. They were first produced in Philadelphia when a Siamese breeder's cat gave birth to three kittens with white feet. The breeder then began a breeding program to produce what were originally called "Silver Laces", crossing the strangely marked Siamese cats with bi-color American Shorthair cats and other breeds. Despite having existed for 45 years, Snowshoes are rare due to the difficulty of reproducing the correct coat markings. The marks are based on recessive genes for colour points and on the co-dominant but variably-expressed piebald pattern gene, making it difficult to predict the appearance of offspring.
14 years or more
Medium size cat weighing 4.5 kilo
Snowshoe cats are affectionate and docile. They do not like being left alone for long periods of time as they prefer to be around people. Snowshoes are very vocal but not as loud as the Siamese cat.