The Snowshoe is a medium sized cat, combining the heftiness of its shorthair ancestors and the length of its oriental ancestors. The cat is well balanced overall; neither too small nor too large. It is firm and muscular, deceptively powerful and should have an athletic build with the appearance of a runner rather than a weightlifter.
The temperament is described as ‘bombproof’ and indeed little seems to faze them. They are great extroverts at shows, revelling in the attention they receive. They love interactive play with their owners, quickly learning how to play ’fetch‘ (they may even teach you how to do this). Fishing rod toys are a great favourite, as are climbing frames, especially those that include a tunnel or hammock. They are quick, intelligent and also love human company. They also readily accept other breeds of cats, dogs and of course children! The ideal all-round cat.
The combination of blue eyes, pointed pattern and white trim makes the Snowshoe unique amongst shorthaired cats.
The Snowshoe should be a well-balanced cat with all parts in good proportion to each other, no one part should be more extreme than the other.
The Snowshoe is produced in all the Siamese colours, including the tabby and tortie varieties.
The ‘show’ 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 unique appeal.
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