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I have a kitten that looks like a snowshoe, but it's from mixed litter(domestic cat).How can I know

He has all of the markings related to a snowshoe:loves water,very social and playfull, fetches,carry things around, highly intelligent(4 months old and already opens the cabinet himself), must be in the center of attention, follows me all arround,he comes when I call him. I believe all cats have simmilar behaviour but is it possible I have a snowshoe?

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  • Ashley GagnonAshley Gagnon Spring City TennesseeMember Posts: 9
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    You could have a mix that looks pure, but really, he is taking on predominately Snowshoe traits. When you mix breeds, genes are "put in a bag and picked random". So to simplify, say a pure snowshoe and a short hair get together. This would make a 50/50 mix, so let's say each parent puts 10 marbles in a bag. The snowshoe is blue, the short hair is red. Some kittens may get a majority of "blue" genes, thus giving them an almost purebred look. We had a boxer who bred with a golden retriever, and she had a couple puppies from that litter who looked almost purebred. The rest looked obvious mixes. SO it's all a random draw when you mix two breeds. Normally, each baby gets close to equal amounts, but some do express "mostly marbles of one colour". They're still a mix though. So while not purebred, he may have picked up a vast majority of snowshoe genes from one parent to look and act like the purebred breed. Hope this helps :)
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