I fell in love with the Snowshoe back in 2005-2006 I researched them and purchased my first Snowshoe cats from Chris Thompson from Bitzaglitz Cattery, Holly being my first girl. I was so pleased with Chris's cats I travelled to the other side of the country a few times to purchase them. I also brought cats from different breeders, including one of my favourite girls Sassy: Coldenufforsnow Vallior from Mollie Southall. Mollie and Chris were a big inspiration to me and got me hooked on the Snowshoe Cat!
Not all the cats I purchased were used for breeding as they proved unsuitable and I found loving pet homes for them as I wanted to breed cats with a good standard. I soon realised that the inbreeding was such in these cats that the gene pool needed to be expanded in order to progress the breed and I started to look around internationally and came across Southpole JFK in the Netherlands. I collected him personally and he has been an asset to my cattery ever since producing Destrier Dodge Viper with Reign (Apricot Snowshoe Boy)
Purrprints Austin Powers was imported by Nicky Goulter Shadycombe Cats. Nicky provided me with his daughter beautiful Shadycombe Alaska Sky. Jenny Dunstall of Elanesse Cats has kindly entrusted me with Elanesse Xanto, son of Austin Powers to aid new lines.
From these cats I started to work with my existing Siamese Cats and bred one of my snowshoe queens to my red point Siamese stud Adsetnam Destrier Phoenix and produced the first world caramel tortie snowshoe Destrier Sunset Reign. I also have a foundation Snowshoe called Destrier Rising Star, she is out of a lilac British shorthair and a red point Siamese, so her lines are from scratch! I played an active role in recognition and championship status with the GCCF and focused on gene diversity. It was a huge success, despite minor hold ups with breeders along the way, but overall we are producing happy friendly, new generation kittens.
I would like to say a big thank you to Caroline Cockwell of Carbeile Cattery for producing Carbiele Tianna, she is a 1st generation seal tabby snowshoe girl and will be in the pedigrees of future snowshoes in years to come and all the breeders mentioned who have made this possible. Tianna produced Destrier Snowtiger Tessa and in turn she has produced 3rd gen Destrier Louisiana and Destrier Startiger Kylie.All my new generation cats are featured on my new bloodlines pages. We still breed show and breed quality 4-6th generation Snowshoes, but for now my focus is the future.
To date my Cats Destrier Cairo and Destrier Tundra have gone to live with Kate of Sapphirestar cats in 2014, they are doing well indeed and Destrier Queen Sadie went to live with Mary of Iced Mocha Cats 2013.
Various cats have been imported to various countries worldwide, (too many to mention)
Snowshoe-Pearls Socrates and Victoria came to live with me from Krzystzof in Poland on 22nd December 2014. They are nicely bred cats from a reputable cattery.
Cathy Webb of Skiboots Snowshoes in Australia has set up an excellent breeding programme (one of the best in the world) She Imported Southpole JFK and Bitzaglitz Storm prince from me and has done wonders with the lines.
If you are a dedicated breeder and would like to get involved I am happy to help.