Snowshoe cat breed at a glance
Intelligence: Very much
Good with dogs?: Very much
Good with children: Very much
Love the outdoors?: Very much
About the Snowshoe cat breed
Snowshoe breeders have nothing but praise for these white-footed beauties’ personality. Snowshoe cats love their humans and will need to be involved in everything that goes on in their household! They are described as ‘bomb-proof’ as very little phases them. They are lively, playful and mischievous and are said to be a lot of fun to have around.
Snowshoes are very people-orientated and lively, so it is recommended that if owners are out all day it is best to have two cats to keep each other company. You must also be prepared to dedicate time every day to playing with them to keep them entertained.
Snowshoe cat breed look
As their name suggests, Snowshoe cats have dainty white feet. The breed’s most common pattern is the classic seal with a white inverted ‘V’ shape on the face, and they are also available in blue, chocolate, lilac, red and cream. The inverted ‘V’ shape is the preferred pattern, but mitted (same as seal but with a white chin), bi-colours and even kittens without white are more likely to be born. The breed also comes in harlequin and colourpoint, and tabbies and torties are sometimes available. They have blue eyes and a medium build.
Snowshoe cat breed history
The first official Snowshoe appeared in America in the 1960s after a Siamese cat breeder found three kittens in her litter with white feet. She developed the breed by crossing one of the kittens with a bi-colour American Shorthair. The breed was established in the UK by Mollie Southall in the 1990s and was given GCCF championship status in 2014.
As the breed is still quite rare, you may have to wait a while if you want a specific colour pattern, and bear in mind that Snowshoe kittens are born white and can take up to 12 months to reach their full colour. Expect to pay around £500 for a pet quality kitten.
Snowshoe cat breed health
As they have soft, short fur Snowshoes are low maintenance when it comes to grooming. However, they are prone to moulting so a weekly brush will get rid of loose hairs. Read our advice on how to groom a cat. Snowshoes are a generally healthy breed and haven’t inherited any genetic diseases from their ancestors.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every cat is an individual.