How to recognise whether a cat is a snowshoe or a siamese?

Carrot_cake1502

TCS Member
Thread starter
Young Cat
Joined
Dec 10, 2020
Messages
31
Purraise
9
What differentiates the 2 breeds, I know snowshoe cats have the siamese cat mixed in somewhere. But what are the physical differences? For lynx point colour?
 

di and bob

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Dec 12, 2012
Messages
15,054
Purraise
19,584
Location
Nebraska, USA
Snowshoes indeed have a lot of Siamese background, because they are pointed. A 'perfect' registered Snowshoe is rare because the markings they have are recessive and hard to get right. Both parents must carry the gene. Most have too much white, etc. But it all started out with those white feet on Siamese kittens and went from there. Snowshoes are more docile and quieter than Siamese and have a harder time being separated from people. They are still talkative, though not as loud, and are one of the few cat breeds that like water. Crossed with the American Shorthair, the breed was bred to be stockier like the Shorthair, but not delicate, with a shorter muzzle (white on the chin) and a definite line between the colored and white areas. Eyes are blue. inverted white triangle on the chin, feet, chest, and abdomen. Kittens are born white. They are very intelligent and can be taught tricks. Coloring can vary, the Lynx Point Siamese has pronounced stripes/rings of darker color and the ever-present 'M' (indicating tabby) on the forehead almost between the eyes. If the cat is not registered and does not have papers, they will be known as a Lynx pointed DSH or domestic short hair. Purebred Snowshoes are relatively rare because it is so hard to get their coloring right. Pet quality Snowshoes would be much easier to obtain.
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #3

Carrot_cake1502

TCS Member
Thread starter
Young Cat
Joined
Dec 10, 2020
Messages
31
Purraise
9
Snowshoes indeed have a lot of Siamese background, because they are pointed. A 'perfect' registered Snowshoe is rare because the markings they have are recessive and hard to get right. Both parents must carry the gene. Most have too much white, etc. But it all started out with those white feet on Siamese kittens and went from there. Snowshoes are more docile and quieter than Siamese and have a harder time being separated from people. They are still talkative, though not as loud, and are one of the few cat breeds that like water. Crossed with the American Shorthair, the breed was bred to be stockier like the Shorthair, but not delicate, with a shorter muzzle (white on the chin) and a definite line between the colored and white areas. Eyes are blue. inverted white triangle on the chin, feet, chest, and abdomen. Kittens are born white. They are very intelligent and can be taught tricks. Coloring can vary, the Lynx Point Siamese has pronounced stripes/rings of darker color and the ever-present 'M' (indicating tabby) on the forehead almost between the eyes. If the cat is not registered and does not have papers, they will be known as a Lynx pointed DSH or domestic short hair. Purebred Snowshoes are relatively rare because it is so hard to get their coloring right. Pet quality Snowshoes would be much easier to obtain.
Do you think this cat has any sort of resemblance? He was sold as a ragdoll but his eyes are too light and his fur isn't quite as fluffy and his head shape is different than a ragdoll.
 

Attachments

  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #4

Carrot_cake1502

TCS Member
Thread starter
Young Cat
Joined
Dec 10, 2020
Messages
31
Purraise
9
Snowshoes indeed have a lot of Siamese background, because they are pointed. A 'perfect' registered Snowshoe is rare because the markings they have are recessive and hard to get right. Both parents must carry the gene. Most have too much white, etc. But it all started out with those white feet on Siamese kittens and went from there. Snowshoes are more docile and quieter than Siamese and have a harder time being separated from people. They are still talkative, though not as loud, and are one of the few cat breeds that like water. Crossed with the American Shorthair, the breed was bred to be stockier like the Shorthair, but not delicate, with a shorter muzzle (white on the chin) and a definite line between the colored and white areas. Eyes are blue. inverted white triangle on the chin, feet, chest, and abdomen. Kittens are born white. They are very intelligent and can be taught tricks. Coloring can vary, the Lynx Point Siamese has pronounced stripes/rings of darker color and the ever-present 'M' (indicating tabby) on the forehead almost between the eyes. If the cat is not registered and does not have papers, they will be known as a Lynx pointed DSH or domestic short hair. Purebred Snowshoes are relatively rare because it is so hard to get their coloring right. Pet quality Snowshoes would be much easier to obtain.
He is a 6 month old male.
 

di and bob

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Dec 12, 2012
Messages
15,054
Purraise
19,584
Location
Nebraska, USA
Other than his hair length, which is MUCh too long, I would say the kitten has more ragdoll background then snowshoe. But the Lynx Point is correct. he does not have the inverted white triangle on the face and the 4 white paws needed for Snowshoe either. He is a stunning cat, very beautiful!
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #6

Carrot_cake1502

TCS Member
Thread starter
Young Cat
Joined
Dec 10, 2020
Messages
31
Purraise
9
Other than his hair length, which is MUCh too long, I would say the kitten has more ragdoll background then snowshoe. But the Lynx Point is correct. he does not have the inverted white triangle on the face and the 4 white paws needed for Snowshoe either. He is a stunning cat, very beautiful!
Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it. He is also a very vocal cat, is that to be expected?
 

di and bob

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Dec 12, 2012
Messages
15,054
Purraise
19,584
Location
Nebraska, USA
LOL, oh yes with his points pointing to his Siamese background! They are the most talkative of all, and I can guarantee you he will talk back to you when you discipline or scold him....
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #8

Carrot_cake1502

TCS Member
Thread starter
Young Cat
Joined
Dec 10, 2020
Messages
31
Purraise
9
LOL, oh yes with his points pointing to his Siamese background! They are the most talkative of all, and I can guarantee you he will talk back to you when you discipline or scold him....
Everyday at 7am comes in my alarm (my cat) and he meows until he gets fed, he is very vocal even if he is fed and most vocal when he is wiped.
 

Willowy

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Mar 1, 2009
Messages
31,742
Purraise
28,060
Location
South Dakota
The actual Snowshoe breed is nearly non-existent. There are very very few breeders in the US. So the chances of a purebred showing up randomly are pretty darn low. Plus defining features of Snowshoes are the white paws and blaze, so your boy definitely isn't a Snowshoe. I agree that if he has any purebred background it would be Ragdoll, but I don't really see a lot of Ragdoll either. He's definitely a lynx point, and is very handsome. I love his tail!
 

cataholic07

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Jul 28, 2014
Messages
1,502
Purraise
1,683
Unfortunately, unless you bought him from a registered breeder there's no guarantees he has any breeds in him at all. A lot of people dont know that DSH and DLH can have colorpoint kittens and if you breed two colors points you will always get colorpoint kittens. A lot of people label colorpoint kittens as ragdolls, siamese or shoeshoe (or mixes) but its not true.
 

lutece

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Mar 8, 2018
Messages
4,499
Purraise
5,733
He's a gorgeous cat!

I would describe your handsome fellow as a seal lynx point domestic longhair. Pointed cats can pop up in a litter with parents of nearly any color, since the colorpoint gene is recessive. Most cats are not any particular breed, and are not mixes of breeds, unlike dogs. Your cat has his own unique appearance and personality! He looks great in a bow tie, too :)
 

Iamleber

TCS Member
Kitten
Joined
Aug 9, 2022
Messages
1
Purraise
1
The actual Snowshoe breed is nearly non-existent. There are very very few breeders in the US. So the chances of a purebred showing up randomly are pretty darn low. Plus defining features of Snowshoes are the white paws and blaze, so your boy definitely isn't a Snowshoe. I agree that if he has any purebred background it would be Ragdoll, but I don't really see a lot of Ragdoll either. He's definitely a lynx point, and is very handsome. I love his tail!

i think I may have inherited an actual snowshoe… I recently rescued her and another kitten. The other is much younger and very friendly, but they were both abandoned in an empty house with 3 adult cats and NO humans for over 2 weeks.. the poor baby (potential snowshoe) is so scared and just hides from everyone, but she’s not mad or anything. No raises fur, no paw fights, nothing. Just hiding and hissing in fear…I’ve only been able to snag a couple of pics. Can I get your opinions???
 

Attachments

Meowmee

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
May 2, 2018
Messages
2,140
Purraise
2,323
What differentiates the 2 breeds, I know snowshoe cats have the siamese cat mixed in somewhere. But what are the physical differences? For lynx point colour?
Snow shoes started when siamese cats sealpoints had white spotting. Then people started breeding them as a breed. It is hard to reproduce a standard pattern etc. some siamese breeders also breed snowshoes. Not many breed snowshoes near me anyway.

so most like a dsh whois a snowshoe look a like 😻 pretty kitty.
 
Top