Cat Breed - Snowshoe

Snowshoe CatSnowshoe Cat

-  A little history  -

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.

-  Average Lifespan  -

14 years or more

-  Size  -

Medium size cat weighing 4.5 kilo

-  Personality  -

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.

-  Coat Colour  -

The Snowshoe has a short, smooth coat. Snowshoe kittens are born white with their points which are dark or patterned areas of fur on the tail, legs, head, and ears beginning to develop when they are a few weeks old and darken as the kitten matures.

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Source Wikipedia
Main Photo Animal Planet
Breeders Info Australian National Cats Inc
More info Cat Breeds Encyclopedia