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Neva Masquerade Cat (AKA Traditional Colorpoint
Siberian Forest Cat) History
“Neva-Masquerade” is the Traditional Colorpoint
Siberian Forest Cat.
Given a festive name due to the more decorative coats. The Neva originates in
Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and along the Neva River. When other cats breeds
were imported to this area the Siberian was mixed with pointed cats such as
Balinese, Siamese, Persians, Himalayans, etc., this created offspring with a –
fluffy coat with pointed color. Some claim this mix was natural, why others
The ideal Traditional Neva Masquerade is a medium sized, robust, strong, luxuriously medium to long haired cat, originating along the Neva River, thus their name. They are believed to be a mixed breed based upon Siberian, Persian and Siamese bloodlines. Mature cats are powerfully built with an overall appearance of strength, force, and alertness. Powerful hind legs are slightly longer than the front. They possess a natural, loving facial expression. Their all weather coat is dense and full and varies in length and density of undercoat with the seasons. The Traditional Neva Masquerade originally endured the harsh, cold climate of its native Russia. It has since easily adapted to varied environments. It can take 5 years for an adult cat to attain full size and splendor so allowance must be made when judging kittens and young cats. Allowance must be made for a some times significant, gender based, difference in size. Mature males may have larger and broader heads than females. Type takes presidence over size and color
No known genetic defects.
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