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Comparison Of The Two: Ragdoll Vs Snowshoe Cat

Comparison Of The Two: Ragdoll Vs Snowshoe Cat

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A Ragdoll Snowshoe cat breed is a fairly new breed of cat. This is obviously not a purebred cat, but rather a mix of two incredibly beautiful cat breeds.

They both have beautiful colors and patterns, long lifespans, and can have long hair or short hair, so the Ragdoll and the Snowshoe cat breeds make the perfect parents for these new, but very cute, kittens.

Thanks to Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty (the developer of the Snowshoe cat breed ) and Ann Baker (the developer of Ragdoll cat breed ), we now have three different cat breeds, all of which have great personality traits.

Both the Ragdoll and Snowshoe cat breeds make awesome pets, so let’s see what I have discovered about them and take a look at their similarities and differences.

Ragdoll Cat Vs Snowshoe Cat

Ragdoll and Snowshoe Cat

All cat lovers know that both of these breeds are beautiful and also that every cat is different in their own way. But let’s look at the typical similarities and differences between the Ragdoll cat vs the Snowshoe cat.

What Kind Of Cat Is A Ragdoll?

A Ragdoll cat is known for its blue eyes and long-haired colorpoint coat. These cats are affectionate, friendly, large cats with equally ‘large hearts’.

They are extremely loving and form strong bonds with their owners and they do not require much grooming even though their coats are long. This is because they do not have undercoats, so they do not shed as much as other long-haired cats.

The biggest trait they have is that they totally relax themselves once they get picked up. This is probably how they got the name Ragdoll.

This breed is relatively new in comparison to some other breeds, e.g. Birman cats were first recognized in 1925. Ragdoll cats were first developed in California by Baker in the 1960s.

What Kind Of Cat Is A Snowshoe?

Snowshoe cats are also extremely affectionate, laid-back, and intelligent. They love to spend time with their owners, and will appreciate all the attention you give them.

They got their name, you guessed it, from their snow white feet. This breed was, like the Ragdoll or Balinese, also developed in the 1960s by Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty in Philadelphia.

The Snowshoe cat breed is a mixbreed of the Siamese cat and the American Shorthair.

Coat Patterns & Colors

A Ragdoll cat breed is a type of cat that is best known for its blue eyes and colorpoint fur. This breed was named the most popular in 2020 and 2019, by the cat fanciers association.

Their coats can be calico, colorpoint or bi-color. Colorpoint coats include spots around the eyes, tail and ears, and sometimes the cat’s limbs or stomach. 

If a ragdoll cat is bi-color, it is similar but with a color pattern on its face that resembles an inverted letter V. Lynx point ragdoll cats have a look that is almost like a colorpoint pattern, but they have additional tabby marks on the face.

Mitted ragdolls also have similar coats to colorpoint patterns, but they have light colored spots on or near their paws, usually white paws in this case, which makes them look like they have mittens on.

The color of their fur can vary; it can be a mixture of different colors such as: white, black, gray/blue, beige, lavender, red, chocolate, lilac, and silver.

Ragdolls are beautiful long-haired cats with soft coats, they also do not have undercoats so they do not shed as other long-haired cat breeds. Still, they are not hypoallergenic.

The snowshoe cat is a mix breed which got the best genes from both of its ancestors: the Siamese cat and the American Shorthair. Snowshoe cats have beautiful looks and a lovely personality combined into a unique cat breed.

The name itself tells you the most recognizable thing about Snowshoe cats – their white feet. This breed is of medium-size, with a short coat in a color point pattern.

The colors can vary but most of the body is usually lighter in color and then color points are darker. Possible colors include brown, sable, cinnamon, beige/cream, lilac, orange, gray, black, lavender, and fawn.

Personality Traits

Ragdoll cats are affectionate, sociable, gentle, and patient. This cat breed is great for families as they are friendly towards other pets and children.

If you pay attention to them, they will reward you with the best cuddle time ever. Ragdolls are loyal and will bond with their owners and love them unconditionally.

Snowshoe cats are very affectionate towards their owners, they are also really good with kids and other pets, so they are great for families. They are sociable, friendly, playful, very active, and smart.

They are friendly towards anyone; other pets, seniors, children, strangers… They make great lap cats and are devoted and loyal companions.

Ragdolls are extremely playful, but also calm. They are easy to train, very docile, and do not require much grooming (which is rare in long-haired cats ). This makes them a great choice for a first pet.

They love to cuddle, and are great lap cats. They will stay on your lap for as long as they can, so watch out if you have some business to tend to!

Ragdolls are incredibly intelligent. They are not demanding but they do love and appreciate the attention and care they get from their owners.

They are not very vocal;, maybe if they are hungry or they want their cuddle time, they might softly meow to let you know.

Snowshoe cats are active, and they can be vocal like their Siamese ancestors or they might be quiet like an American shorthair cat.

They are easy to train, and do not require much grooming as they are single-coated.

Snowshoe cats can have various personality types. Your pet may grow up into a vocal, active, slightly demanding cat that loves to do tricks and to play. Or they might grow up to be a more calm and quiet cat.

Whichever personality a snowshoe develops, they will definitely develop a strong bond with you.

Size & Lifespan

Ragdolls are big; their height ranges from 8 to 12 inches, and their weight from 9 to 20 pounds. Their life expectancy is from 13 to 20 years.

The life expectancy of a Snowshoe cat is 14 to 20 years. Their height ranges from 8 to 14 inches, and weight from 7 to 15 pounds.

Ragdoll Snowshoe Cat

Ragdoll Snowshoe cat lies and rests

This mix between a Snowshoe and a Ragdoll breed is fairly new. Before you adopt or get a new cat you should always do some research, and the same is true here.

However, these new breeds are not always easy to understand and you can never really know what to expect when you get, for example, a ragdoll snowshoe cat, as there is not that much information about them.

It is good to read about the traits of each breed separately, so you know what direction the personality, looks, and other traits of this mix breed may go.

The size, coat length, and color pattern can all vary. It depends on which ancestor prevails in breeding.

This mix breed was not considered a great mix long before, but now that the breeders are developing it more and more, it has become more apparent that these two breeds combined have great traits and qualities.

The personalities of both ragdoll and snowshoe breeds are extremely good. Their friendliness, loyalty, active nature, and playful temperament are all equally present in each and are great when mixed.

A ragdoll snowshoe mix breed makes a great pet. Both breeds are affectionate, smart, loyal, active, and friendly. However, ragdoll snowshoe cats can be a bit shy, according to the latest research. It is important to include training and socialization while they are still kittens.

They are rather smart, so it is not hard to train them, but you should always be careful and keep in mind that they are a sensitive breed.

When it comes to grooming, a ragdoll snowshoe cat might grow up to have a longer coat, or a short coat that requires maintenance and weekly brushing.

Snowshoe cats, like Persian or Himalayan cats, have a long coat that is not easy to maintain, but luckily they do not shed too much so there is no need for frequent maintenance.

Ragdoll cats do not have an undercoat so they shed only when their fur reaches its genetically predetermined length.

The snowshoe ragdoll cats can grow from 11 to 15 inches, and their weight varies from 7 to 13 pounds. Their life expectancy is from 12 to 15 years, 2 years more or less.

The price of this mix breed varies on the location and the breeder. There are no breed standards and no breed association included, so they can cost as much as you are willing to pay.

Q & A

What is a Snowshoe Ragdoll?

Snowshoe Ragdoll lies and looks around

A Snowshoe Ragdoll is a mix breed. It is a mix of Ragdoll cat and Snowshoe cat, as the name suggests.

A Snowshoe Ragdoll cat has all the best traits from both its ancestors, being loyal, beautiful, smart, friendly, and affectionate, which makes it a great pet.

Is a Snowshoe cat a Ragdoll?

No. Even though they have similar colors and patterns, the two are different cat breeds and are of different descent.

How do I know if my cat is a Snowshoe?

Firstly blue eyes, and secondly, white feet. Each Snowshoe cat will have its own colors and patterns, but you can also recognise it by their short coat with no undercoat.

What is the difference between a Snowshoe and a Ragdoll?

They are similar in many ways, but the main difference is the length of their coats; a Ragdoll cat has a long-haired coat, and a Snowshoe has a short-haired coat.

Both Snowshoe and Ragdoll cats have lighter colored bodies and darker spots around eyes, ears, tail, or limbs. Their personality traits, temperament, and lifespan are fairly similar.

How much is a Snowshoe cat worth?

The price of a Snowshoe cat breed varies from $600 to $1200.

How much is a Ragdoll cat worth?

The price of a Ragdoll cat ranges from $800 to $2000.

Final Thoughts

Both ragdoll kittens and snowshoe kittens are adorable. A ragdoll snowshoe kitten is equally – or even more – adorable.

All cat lovers will agree with me that any cat, no matter the breed or color, whether the pattern is color point or seal point , is beautiful in its own way.

Every cat is different, however, each breed has common characteristics or traits that they are recognised by.

This is also the case when we have a Ragdoll cat and a Snowshoe cat combined.

Of course, we will all look into the research that has been done on each of these breeds so far, as well as the material that has been written on the Ragdoll Snowshoe cat . Ragdolls and Ragamuffins are closely related, while Snowshoe cats and Ragdolls have similar looks but are different and unique breeds.

Unlike the Sphynx, they both have fur, one of them long and one of them short, which is interesting for people who are choosing a Ragdoll Snowshoe cat because they do not know which coat length their cat will have!

In any case, I hope you’ve learned a lot about the similarities and differences between Ragdolls and Snowshoe cats.

I also hope that this article will help you understand this new Ragdoll Snowshoe cat breed better. I feel like breeders have hit the jackpot with this breed, since both ancestors are beautiful breeds that have great qualities and the Ragdoll Snowshoe cat has so far picked up all the best traits.

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