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Our Standard has since changed and can be downloaded from here: Snowshoe Standard of Points Revised.
Colour of mask, ears, legs and tail to be dense and clearly defined (except in kittens), and in harmony with the body colour where it is not overlain by white. On maturity the mask is connected to the ears by tracings.
Preferred Pattern Snowshoe
A balanced inverted ‘V’ of white on the face starting on the bridge of the nose, extending downwards covering the nose, whisker pads and chin but not extending beyond the outer aperture of the eye. The chin should be white. A white bib on the chest and white on the stomach is normal. Nose leather should be pink. Body colour should be even with shading to a lighter tone. Allowance should be made for darker shading in older cats, provided that there is a definite contrast between body colour and the points. Paw pads should be pink. The two front paws should have white mittens that are evenly matched and preferably extending to the angle formed by the paw and the leg. The back legs should have white evenly matched boots to just below the level of the hock.
NB: The balanced inverted ‘V’ of white on the face may start on the forehead and the face may be a combination of white with point colour nose spots with the nose leather being point coloured or mottled. Both upper and lower lips and chin may be white. The paw pads may be pink, point colour or mottled. The amount of white may vary from paw to paw and leg to leg and cover only the toes or extend above the knee on the front paws or may cover only to the ankles or may extend to the mid leg area above the hock on the back legs, all of which are acceptable and should not penalise an otherwise good specimen.
The following descriptions are varieties of the Snowshoe which, at present are acceptable on the show bench with preference being given to the preferred Snowshoe pattern described above.
Mitted (Low White) Snowshoe
There is no balanced inverted ‘V’ of white on the face, though both upper and lower lips may be white, point, colour and a combination of white and point colour. The two front paws should have white mittens that are evenly matched and preferably extending to the angle formed by the paw and the leg. The back legs should have evenly matched boots to the level of the hock.
The face may have any amount of white on it but must show a mask. White on the ears is unacceptable in a show specimen. On the body there should be relatively evenly distributed patches of white which may vary in size but are limited in total to not more than one third. This amount of white on the cat leads to large patches of colour in the torties. The legs may be completely white or have small spots of point colour on them.
Harlequin (High White) Snowshoe
The face may have any amount of white on it, but must show a mask. White on the ears is unacceptable in a show specimen. On the body there should be relatively evenly distributed patches of white which may vary in size but are limited in total to greater than one third to not more than two thirds. This amount of white leads to large colour in the torties. The legs may be completely white or have small spots of point colour on them.
STANDARD OF POINTS FOR THE SNOWSHOE
The Snowshoe is a medium cat, first bred in the USA, of foreign type. The Snowshoe combines the heftiness of its Shorthair ancestors with the length of its Siamese ancestors. It should be well balanced, neither too large or too small; it should be firm, muscular, deceptively powerful and agile. A long cat, which has the appearance of a runner rather than a weightlifter. The unusual combination of pointing, the white pattern and the moderate body build set the Snowshoe apart from all other breeds. It has sparkling personality and is human orientated and affectionate.
- Medium in size. Proportionate to the body. A broad wedge with slightly rounded contours. The top of the head should be slightly rounded and the forehead slightly flat. Cheekbones set high with rounded contours. The nose to be straight of medium length, in proportion with the rest of the head, with a slight slope to the forehead creating two distinct planes when seen in profile and without a sharp break or stop. The muzzle should be good of length, neither extremely broad or pointed or square. Bite level and chin firm.
- Medium to medium large. Broad at the base with slightly rounded tips. Alert, continuation of the modified wedge with sparse furnishings.
- Walnut shaped with slightly greater length than width. Of medium size and slanted to the base of the ears. They should be set one width apart and not protrude or be bold or deep set. The outer edge should be level with the base of the ears. Blue in colour, the deeper the blue the better, bright, sparkling and expressive.
Body and Neck
- Body long and firm but not extreme. Medium in size with medium bone and musculature. Females are slightly smaller than the males. To be well knit and powerful but not bulky. Medium length of neck in proportion with the head and body. Well balanced. Heavier than appearance indicates.
Legs and Paws - Good length in proportion to the body and of medium bone. Paws short oval in shape.
- Medium at base, tapering slightly towards the tip; medium to long.
- Moderately short with no noticeable undercoat. Smooth, glossy and close lying. Texture resilient.
SCALE OF POINTS
Body, Neck and Bone structure 20
Legs and Paws 5
Coat length, texture and condition 10
Colour and Markings 20
Withhold Certificates or First Prize in Kitten Open Classes for:
1. Persian or Siamese head type.
2. Complete hood of point colour; i.e. no contrast on head.
3. Incorrect or dull eye colour.
4. Small round ears.
5. Any abnormality of bite or very weak chin.
6. Neck which is too long and too slender.
7. Body which is either cobby or of extreme length, sleek or dainty.
8. Short legs.
9. All four feet do not show some amount of white.
10. White on the ears and/or on tip of tail.
11. Lack of contrast between body and points.
12. Double or plush coat.
13. Any defect as listed in the preface of the SOP booklet.
Withhold all awards