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Snowshoe Cat VS. Siamese Cat.
What are the differences between these two cat breeds?
This Siamese–American Shorthair mix’s affectionate and sweet disposition Snowshoe Cat is supplemented by distinctive fur markings and a strong body.
The sophisticated Siamese cat looks dressed for an elegant masquerade ball in pale evening wear with chic black accessories and tanzanite-blue eyes.
The Snowshoe has a short, smooth coat that’s easy to care for. Snowshoe kittens are born white. Their points begin to develop when they are a few weeks old and darken as the kitten matures. The body is usually a light cream color ranging from beige or tan with a seal or blue points. Other point colors such as chocolate or lilac are difficult to produce and rarely seen. Those colors also provide little contrast with the white paws. Paw pads and nose leather can be pink, the same color as the points; or a combination of the two.
Because Snowshoe’s pattern is recessive and involves several gene factors, it’s difficult to consistently achieve the desired look. No cat has perfect markings. Those who come closest to the ideal, the ones you’ll see in the show ring, have an inverted white V between the eyes and over the muzzle, two white mittens in the front, and two white boots in the back. The more symmetrical the markings, the better. Markings that are acceptable but not preferred include a blaze on the face or white markings on the chin, throat, and stomach.
It’s best if all four feet are solid white with dark points separating the white foot color from the light body color. White that goes too high or too low on the leg or face is a flaw and may put a kitten into the pet quality category depending on her other qualities. In a perfect world, a Snowshoe won’t have spots of the point color in the white areas or white streaks going from the white areas into the points. A Snowshoe glances at you with large, wide eyes of sparkling blue. The eyes are described as walnut-shaped, larger and rounder than the Siamese eye, but not as round as the eye of a Persian.
The rectangular body is firm and muscular, but never bulky. The Snowshoe resembles a runner, not a wrestler, but is more powerful than she looks. When you pick her up, you may be surprised at how substantial she feels. Medium-large ears top the slightly rounded head, which should be as wide as it is long. Medium-size paws are oval and taper to the toes.
What the Siamese looks like depends on the breed standard of each particular organization. Most cat associations call for the Siamese to have a svelte but muscular body with long lines. The wedge-shaped head is long and tapering from the narrow point of the nose outward to the tips of the ears, forming a triangle. The unusually large ears are wide at the base, pointed at the tip, giving them the same triangular shape as the head.
The short coat of the Siamese has a fine texture. In the Cat Fanciers Association, it comes in four colors, seal point, a pale fawn to the cream body with deep seal brown points and deep brown nose leather and paw pads; chocolate point, an ivory body with milk chocolate-colored points and cinnamon-pink nose leather and paw pads, blue point, a bluish-white body with deep blue points and slate-colored nose leather and paw pads; and lilac point, a glacial white body with frosty pinky-gray points and lavender-pink nose leather and paw pads.
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