The Snowshoe is a cross between a Siamese and a bi-colored American Shorthair. The first Snowshoes appeared in the 1960s. The breed is sturdy and pointed with white markings on the face, chest and feet.
The ears and head of a snowshoe are triangular. The head typically has black markings. The eyes of a Snowshoe are always blue. The Snowshoe coat is short-haired and is white and gray; it can come with blue, lilac, lynx, fawn, chocolate or seal points. All Snowshoes however are born white, and their markings do not become visible for a minimum of one to three weeks. No two Snowshoes have the same pattern, and it is considered to be a rare breed.
The Snowshoe is a needy breed of cat. They can not be left alone for long periods because of the amount of attention they require. They are friendly, sweet tempered, adaptable and devoted cats.