THE ORIGIN OF THE SNOWSHOE
Snowshoes were first introduced to the Cat Fancy by a breeder in Philadelphia in the late 1960's. Three kittens of Siamese parentage that were born with white feet formed the foundation of the breed. American Bi-coloured Shorthairs were used to develop the breed
In 1986 a Snowshoe breeding project was started in the UK Snowshoes are registered with the Cat Association of Britain and are recognised for competition at medallist level
A medium to large cat, the Snowshoe combines the heftiness of the American Shorthair with the length of the Oriental. It is well balanced with sound conformation and strong muscle The unusual combination of pointing, the white pattern, and the moderate body build sets the Snowshoe apart from all other breeds replica watches
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It has a sparkling personality and is human orientated and affectionate, making it attractive to the new pet owner or breeder and ideally suited to the cat-show scene
PATTERNS AND COLOUR
The Snowshoe pattern is complex, with the white markings superimposed on the Siamese pointing. The preferred pattern being white to the ankles in front, white to the hocks at the back and an inverted 'V on the face
All recognised point colours allowed.
Coat of medium short hair of medium texture, glossy and lying close to the body
Eyes of bright sparkling blue with good contrast against points colour and walnut shape
Colour of mask, ears, legs and tail to be dense and clearly define (except in kittens) and in harmony with the body colour where it is not overlain by white. On maturity the mask is connected to the ears by tracings. The preferred White Pattern is a balanced inverted 'V' of white on the face starting on the bridge of the nose, extending downwards covering the nose, whisker pads and chin, but not extending beyond the outer aperture of the eye. The chin should be white. A white bib on the chest and white on the stomach is normal. Nose leather should be pink. Body colour should be even with shading to a lighter tone. Allowance should be made for darker shading in older cats, provided that there is a definite contrast between body colour and the points. Paws pads should be pink. The two front paws should have white mittens that are evenly matched and preferably extending to the angle formed by the paw and the leg. The back legs should have white evenly matched boots to just below the level of the hock. The foregoing description is ideal.
NB: The balanced inverted 'V' of white on the face may start on the forehead and the face may be a combination of white with point colour nose spots with the nose leather being point coloured or mottled. The paw pads may be pink, point colour or mottled. The amount of white may vary from paw to paw and leg to leg and cover only the toes or extend above the knee on the front paws or may cover only to the ankles or may extend to the mid leg area above the hock on the back legs, all of which are acceptable and should not penalise an otherwise good specimen.
Seal Point - Points should be deep seal brown and all of the same shade. Nose leather may be dark seal brown. The body colour should be beige. Shading, if any, to tone with points.
Blue Point - Points should be bluish grey and all of the same shade. Nose leather may be slate grey. The body colour should be blueish white. Shading, if any, to tone with points.
Chocolate Point - Points should be milk chocolate and all of the same shade. Nose leather may be chocolate. The body should be ivory. Shading, if any, to tone with points.
Lilac Point - Points should be pinkish grey and all of the same shade. Nose leather may be pinkish/faded lilac. The body colour should be magnolia. Shading, if any, to tone with points.
Red Point - Points should be orange/red and all of the same shade. Nose leather to be pink. The body colour should be pale cream with a slight golden hue. Shading, if any, to tone with points.
Notes: 1. Tabby markings, barring and tail rings shall not be considered a fault especially in kittens.
2. 'Freckles' may occur on nose, lips eyelids and ears. Slight freckling in a mature cat should not be penalised.
Cream Point - Points should be cream. Nose leather pink The body colour should be off-white with a faint golden hue. Shading, if any, to tone with points.
Notes as for Red Point