Feline Breed Spotlight: Snowshoe

The Snowshoe cat!


The Snowshoe is a fairly new breed of cat and is considered a rare breed. This breed was created by breeding Siamese cats to American shorthairs, resulting in a sturdy cat with markings of a white nose with an inverted “V” shape and white paws. The rarity of these cats is due to the difficultly of reproducing the proper breed standard markings. The Snowshoe originated in the United States in the 1960’s.



Snowshoe’s have a unique personality- they can be bossy and like to know whats going on with everyone in the household. They have a tendency to be vocal due to their Siamese genes, however the meow is much softer. They are a smart cat and can learn tricks, play fetch, walk on a leash and some may even take to swimming.


Is this breed right for you?

  • They usually get along well with other pets, making them a good addition to a multi cat or multi pet household.
  • Their coat is easy to care for and does not require much additional grooming other than periodic brushing.
  • They enjoy having company. Snowshoes are not the best breed for families that are out of the house all day, unless  there are more pets in the house for company.
  • They need daily mental stimulation and play sessions to keep their mind sharp and to stop them from getting bored.

Health Concerns

Both pure-bred and  mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be either influenced by genetics or environmental factors. The snowshoe is overall a healthy cat, not showing a  tendency to any certain disease any more than a domestic shorthair.

A snowshoe cat may be born with a kinked tail or crossed eyes. These traits are due to their Siamese genetics. The kinked tail doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort and they generally don’t suffer from any balance or movement issues. The crossed eyes are a genetic development to compensate for a genetic flaw in their eye structure, (they need to cross their eyes to see straight!).

“Grumpy Cat” probably has some snowshoe genetics in her!