Kitten History: Snowshoe

Neither mask nor mittens can disguise this handsome kittens obvious appeal.

By Stacy Hackett

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Snowshoe © Helmi FlickA bandit-like mask frames your Snowshoe kittens blue eyes, while white mittens dress her paws. Dark points grace her tail and ears. How did she come by such stunning good looks?

The Snowshoe breed can trace its roots to the Siamese and the American Shorthair. In 1960, Dorothy Hinds Daugherty discovered three unusual kittens in a litter of Siamese babies. Each of the unique kittens had four white paws along with the traditional Siamese points.

Daugherty wanted to duplicate the look, so she crossed one of her Siamese cats with a bicolor American Shorthair. Vikki Olander fell in love with the breed and joined Daugherty in her efforts. The Snowshoe breed was on its way.

The Cat Fanciers Federation accepted the breed in 1974, with championship status granted in 1983. The American Cat Fanciers Association granted championship status in 1990. Currently breeders are working to meet the Cat Fanciers Association requirements for registration.


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Mary    Indiana, IN

8/4/2015 3:29:46 PM

Are there long hair snowshoe? I have one with all the proper markings medium long hair. She is a one person pet. Not friendly but loves me and very protective of her home. Her voice is low and she has melodic meows. she was dropped off and my daughter found her, gave her to me 13 yrs ago. She is beautiful and people want her but she doesn't want them. She still is very playful.

Carl    Stockton, MN

3/1/2015 10:09:00 AM

Are there any pictures of the originating parents? I adopted mine from the Humane Society supposedly with FeLU but a new blood test shows that might not be so. Hoping

Dorinda    International

8/8/2014 4:44:31 PM

I love the Snowshoe breed. Murray is a Snowshoe. He is my gentle giant.

Sandi    Hollywood, FL

4/2/2014 6:13:07 AM

I have a Snowshoe..Got her at the Humane Society. Purr (her name) is 5 or 6 ears old.

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