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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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.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/24/2013 11:53:03 PM

Just love the markings on this breed. So beautiful!

Cat Editor    Irvine, CA

10/19/2012 5:11:17 PM

Hi Donna. Crossed eyes can occur in any cat, but the trait is more commonly associated with pointed, blue-eyed cats, like the Siamese, and since Snowshoes are descended from Siamese, this trait also can occur in Snowshoes. Usually, this doesn't affect the cat's vision or quality of life. Crossed eyes can be the result of a neurological problem, but this is pretty rare. Check with your veterinarian to be certain there isn't an underlying health condition in your cat's crossed eyes.

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