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Snowshoe Siamese Cat Breed Info: Pictures, Temperament & Traits

Snowshoe Siamese in the garden
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Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Christian Adams
Height:9–11 inches
Weight:8–12 pounds
Lifespan:14–18 years
Colors:White, blue, black, tan, brown
Suitable for:Owners that have a lot of love to give, those looking for an affectionate cat
Temperament:Loving, Intelligent, Vocal, Sweet

The Snowshoe Siamese was first bred in the 1960s, crossing seal point Siamese with American Shorthairs. The combination became a widely recognized breed in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, it is known as being a sweet, loving, affectionate pet. While the Snowshoe does vocalize, like other Siamese, its voice tends to be quieter and softer.

Snowshoe Siamese cats like company. They will happily mix with all family members, including kids. They will not tolerate being left alone for long periods, so if you work long hours, consider getting a second cat as a companion to your Snowshoe.

The breed is intelligent and capable with their paws. This means that they can make short work of opening doors and figuring out other problems. Their intelligence, combined with their loving nature, makes it possible to teach this breed simple tricks. They may learn to swim, and they will enjoy finding the highest spot and perching from their lookout.

Overall, the Snowshoe Siamese makes a great family pet. They do demand some attention, although they are sweet-natured. They like water, can open most doors, and they will learn some basic commands. Provide them with company to ensure they become well-rounded pets.

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Snowshoe Siamese Kittens – Before You Welcome One To Your Family…

Snowshoe kitten
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Snowshoe Siamese Kitten Price

The Snowshoe Siamese costs between $600 and $1,200, so they are more expensive than the Shorthair parent but costs less than the Siamese. The Snowshoe is a recognized breed and has championship status. This means that there will be some examples of the Snowshoe that come from show-winning stock. These will cost more than the average house cat variant.

It is unlikely that you will find one of these cats in a local shelter because their price and popularity mean that most owners will recognize them as being some sort of Siamese.

When choosing a breeder, ensure that you get to meet the kitten, at least one of its parents, and the breeder themselves before committing. The Snowshoe should be friendly, alert, and happy to meet new people. Although the temperament of the parent is no guarantee of what a kitten will grow up like, if you meet the mother and she is good with strangers, this is a positive sign.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Snowshoe Siamese Cat

1. They Are Born All-White

The Snowshoe Siamese is born all white. Over the first few years of their lives, they will develop darker markings. As a seal point or blue point, the exact colors they develop can differ, and you may not know for certain what color you are getting until their marks develop. When adults, the breed will have the distinctive tuxedo of the Siamese and will have different colored feet to the rest of the body: a trait that comes from the shorthaired parent breed.

2. They Demand A Lot Of Attention

The Snowshoe is a rare breed of cat that is extremely loving and affectionate. They require more attention than a typical house cat, so you should be prepared to spend a lot of time with your kitty. Some Snowshoes struggle if they are left alone while their owner goes to work all day, so consider getting a second cat as company. Your Snowshoe will love spending time on your lap.

3. Snowshoes Can Be Trained

Tricks and training might be something that most people associate more often with dogs than cats. However, the Snowshoe is one of several breeds that are highly intelligent and want to please their owner. They are also playful and fun. This combination makes it possible to train them. You might be able to teach your new pet to fetch or perform other simple tasks, and the Snowshoe is often willing to get in and out of the water, too. Training your cat is a good way to ensure that they get the mental stimulation that they require.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Snowshoe Siamese Cat

The Snowshoe is known for being an affectionate and loving cat with a sweet temperament. They are a rare breed, but they tend to be more affectionate than a lot of other rare breeds. They are ideal for owners that want an unusual breed of cat but that also want love and affection.

Are Snowshoe Siamese Cats Good for Families?

Friendly and loving, the Snowshoe is a great cat for families. They will get along with all family members, regardless of gender or age. They will enjoy playing, even as they get older, and they will be quite active and thus may benefit from being around children. As ever, all children should be taught to be respectful of cats to prevent injuries and to ensure that the cat is not left in distress.

The Snowshoe will also get along with strangers, which means that your pet will get along with visitors and will play well with friends.

Do Snowshoe Siamese Cats Get Along With Other Pets?

The Snowshoe is an all-around friendly cat. They will get along with both family members and strangers, and will usually get along with other cats. In fact, getting an additional cat is a good way to ensure that your Snowshoe has the company they crave. With a steady and patient introduction, your Snowshoe should get along with dogs, although you should always take care when keeping a cat around smaller animals.

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Things to Know When Owning a Snowshoe Siamese Cat:

The Snowshoe cat is known for being loving and caring and will enjoy spending as much time as possible with its humans. They can make a great pet, but may not be ideal for all owners. Below are some of the most important factors to consider before buying and owning this breed.

Food & Diet Requirements

Like all cats, Snowshoes are obligate carnivores. This means that they must eat meat. In fact, meat should be their primary protein and nutrient source. A meat diet will help ensure that your Snowshoe is healthy. The amount of food you give to your Snowshoe will depend on many factors. Their age, size, and their activity level, as well as the type of food, and whether you provide a combination of dry and wet food or feed only wet food are some of the most important factors. Expect to feed two or three meals a day, however, and either follow the guidelines on food packaging or consult with your vet to ensure that you’re feeding the right amount.


The Snowshoe is intelligent and energetic and will benefit from having plenty of daily exercise. This breed will do well as an outdoor cat because this will allow them plenty of time to explore. Snowshoes enjoy spending time up trees and at elevated positions. Letting them get outside means that they can fully explore their natural surroundings and enjoy the space he has, just make sure you keep an eye on them!


Despite their reputation for independence and aloofness, cats can be trained, although to what degree will depend on the breed and the individual cat, as well as your patience and training experience.

The Snowshoe is intelligent and wants to please thier owner, which makes the perfect training combination. Use a clicker and reward your cat when they perform the desired actions. Keep up a regular training regimen and you can expect to see positive results in as little as a few weeks. Clicker training is especially successful with this breed. Start by training recall and name response before moving on to training tricks and other commands.

Grooming ✂️

The Snowshoe Siamese has a distinctive coat. They will be born all-white and develop darker colors over time. However, the Snowshoe does require some regular attention and grooming. Regular grooming prevents the coat from becoming matted and knotted. It also helps the coat and massages the skin. Expect to brush your cat’s hair every week to keep it looking its best.

Health and Conditions

The Snowshoe is a generally healthy cat. They have a long lifespan and can live up to 20 years. Their lack of known health conditions makes this breed a good choice for owners that do not want to worry about regular vet visits or healthcare costs.

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Male vs Female

Although both genders have muscular and strong bodies, the male Snowshoe tends to be more robust than the female and can weigh a couple of pounds more.

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Final Thoughts: Snowshoe Siamese

The Snowshoe Siamese was originally bred by crossing the rare breed Siamese with the American Shorthair. The result is a cat with a striking and unique appearance, but that is friendlier and more loving than most other cats.

Expect your Snowshoe to live as long as 20 years and to be lively and healthy throughout this time. They will get along with all members of the family, regardless of age and species. Generally, the Snowshoe makes a great companion and a great family pet.

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About the Author

Christian Adams
Christian Adams
Christian is the Editor-in-Chief of Excited Cats and one of its original and primary contributors. A lifelong cat lover, now based in South East Asia, Christian and his wife are the proud parents of an 11-year-old son and four rescue cats: Trixie, Chloe, Sparky, and Chopper.

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