Snowshoe cat looking up.

Snowshoe Cat Breed

This aptly named Colorpointed cat with distinctive white feet is talkative, easygoing, and enjoys being around people.

The white feet that define the Snowshoe were originally a “mistake,” first seen in a litter of kittens born to a normal colorpoint Siamese. Their American breeder, Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty of Philadelphia, liked them enough to develop the striking new look, using crosses between Siamese and the American Shorthair to produce the Snowshoe.

Intelligent, responsive, and full of character, these cats love a home atmosphere and usually prefer to keep their family in sight. Most Snowshoes get along very well with other cats. Their steady temperament makes them a good choice for first-time cat owners.

Origin: US, 1960s

Breed registries: FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 6–12 lb (2.5–5.5 kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Typical Siamese colors in pointed pattern, with white feet. Blue or seal most common.