Image credit: destriercats

Snowshoe - Breed Profile:

Origin: United States
Colors: Blue, lilac, lynx, fawn, chocolate, and seal with the colorpoint pattern
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Once a week
Talkativeness: Vocal
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile

The breed was originated by crossing between the Siamese and the American Shorthair cat. Snowshoes are sometimes considered a shorthair version of the Ragdoll cat.

Physical characteristics

The Snowshoe is a medium size shorthair cat with an agile and moderately muscular body, which weight is surprising for its size (18 pounds and more). The body is longer than in most other cats. The head is either triangular or apple-shaped, with high-set cheekbones and gentle lines. The nose length is well-proportioned to the rest of the head. The chin is firm. The medium-size blue eyes are slanted slightly and have either oval or rounded shape. Usually, Snowshoe cats are preferred by people that like the Siamese pattern but do not like their extremely svelte body and head type, and that do not want to deal with their quite demanding personality.

Temperament

Being a mix of the mellow American Shorthair and the vocal Siamese, Snowshoe cats have a lovely personality which is neither extremely active nor phlegmatic. They are intelligent and curious, and probably that is why their favourite time-spending is watching you from the highest spots in the house. Many owners of Snowshoe cats say these felines are nearly too smart because they can easily learn how to open doors, cabinets, and other items (sometimes even refrigerators). They love running, so make sure your kitty has enough small toys, otherwise it will find toys itself, and you know what it is fraught with. As well as the Manx cat, Snowshoes are fascinated by water. They are very people-oriented cats, devoted and affectionate. They do not like being alone even for short periods of time, so they prefer following you all over the house and being on your lap, if possible. For this reason, get a second cat if you have to be out a lot of time (if you are a full-time worker, for example). Snowshoe cats will always let you know if they have a complaint, but their voice is way more gentle and melodic than that in the Siamese. Generally fine with children and other pets.

Coat and grooming

Snowshoe cats have a short, smooth single coat easy to take care of. Once a week grooming should be fine.
The possible colours are blue, lilac, lynx, fawn, chocolate, and seal. The pattern is colorpoint with a light body colour and darker ears, face, legs, and tail.

Health

Snowshoe cats have no known breed-specific problems, which is not a surprise considering that Siamese cats have an impressive longevity, and the American shorthair is a very hardy breed.