Breed Of The Month Snowshoe


The American breed made famous by the Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, who ironically was a mixed breed, although she did resemble the Snowshoe cat.


The Snowshoe breed began in the USA during the 1960s when a Siamese breeder named Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty noticed that three kittens of a new litter possessed solid white paws instead of the classic pointed paws typically seen in the Siamese breed.

Hinds-Daugherty decided to breed these cats with black and white colored (tuxedo) American Shorthairs.

Years later, the breed gained championship status with CFF in 1983 and TICA in 1994.

Appearance & Physical Traits

The Snowshoe cat has a unique appearance that sets them apart from any other cat breed.

The breed is white with darker coloring on the tail, legs, back, ears, and around the eyes.

Snowshoes are well-built, medium-sized cats with an athletic body. They typically weigh between 9 and 12 pounds (4-5 kg.)

Seal and blue point are the most common colors, although chocolate and lavender are also seen in the breed.

All Snowshoe cats have blue eyes, just like the Siamese and other colorpoint cats.

Personality & Behavior

The Snowshoe breed is unpredictable when it comes to the individual cat’s personality. Some are outgoing and extroverted whereas others are typically more shy and laidback.

One trait that seems to be universal is the breed’s chattiness. These cats love to talk! Although they are generally less vocal than their Siamese ancestors.

Snowshoes tend to get along well with children, dogs, and other cats if properly introduced.


Snowshoes are generally very healthy and can live 20+ years, although there are a few health issues seen in the breed–usually more common in older cats–these include hypertrophic cardiopathy disease (HCM), renal failure, and urinary tract infections.


Snowshoes are pretty low-maintenance, but they still need some TLC!

They shed moderately, therefore, only require minimal grooming (weekly grooming is optimal.)

Your cat’s claws should be trimmed every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from overgrowing.

Your cat’s teeth should be brushed daily and their litter box kept clean.

An occasional bath is beneficial to your cat’s fur and skin, although bathing your cat isn’t necessary as some cats don’t respond well to water.

Fun Facts:

  • All Snowshoe cats are born all white and develop their coloring as they age.
  • Most Snowshoes are quite fond of water and swimming.
  • The breed was originally called ‘Silver Laces.’

Works Cited​

Felton, Amber, “Snowshoe Cat: What to Know,” WebMD,

Guthrie, Claudia and Taylor, Chad, “Snowshoe Cat Breed Information & Characteristics,”

“Snowshoe Breed,” TICA,

W, Emily, “What is a Snowshoe Cat? Breed Facts and FAQs,” ASPCA,

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