The Snowshoe cat is so named because it has the appearance of wearing white boots. It's a rare breed created in the US in the 1960s by crossing Siamese and American Shorthair cats. It's rarity is due to the kitten requiring exactly the right combination of genes from it's parents. A Snowshoe cats coat is short to medium and has a point coloration; a light body and darker ears, face, legs and tail.
Snowshoe cats are very sociable and affectionate, they do not like being left alone. They have a fascination with water and enjoy taking a bath. Snowshoe cats are also very vocal, though not as loud as their Siamese cat heritage.