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Neva Masquerade cat
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The Neva Masquerade cat it's the traditional cat Colorpoint of the Siberian cat. The Neva Masquerade has its source along the Neva River in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). When were the other cats breeds imported to the area of Siberia, the place street cat, mixed with other races like the Balinese cat, the Siamese, Persians, himalayas, etc, the descendant States that it arose naturally.

Physical characteristics

Neva Masquerade
Neva Masquerade bruntabby – burger house, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The traditional ideal of Neva Masquerade is that of a medium-sized cat, robust, strong and long-haired. They are believed to be a mixed race based on the Siberian cat, the Persian and with bloodlines Siamese.

Mature cats are corpulent with a general appearance of strength and a pose of alert. Powerful hind legs that are slightly longer than the front. They have a natural expression of sweetness. Their fur is dense due to the weather and varies in length and coat density with different seasons.. The traditional Neva Masquerade originally withstood the rigors of the weather, the cold of his native Russia. Since then it has been adapted easily to different environments.

The color of your eyes it is deep blue. The ears are slightly inclined forward, a little convex. The tip of the ears should be rounded and generally with longer strands of hair at the ends.

Although the Neva Masquerade share most of the characteristics of a Siberian cat traditional (including his physique and personality), has some distinct attributes that make it special.

They lack the enzyme tyrosinase, responsible for the production of the pigment melanin, what gives rise to his white body.

While some have black legs, gray or brown as part of your colorpoint, others may have white legs despite their dark face and ears.

The color of these cats can be of the following types:

  • Seal point
  • Blue point
  • Chocolate point
  • Fawn point
  • Lila point
  • Cinnamon point
  • Crema point

Character and skills

Neva Masquerade
Blue tabby Neva Masquerade – burger house, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The character of the cat Neva Masquerade It is very similar to the Norwegian Forest Cat . Although it is often described as a silent force, it is a cat that shows great vitality, has a strong personality and a strong character. One of the peculiarities of Neva Masquerade is that it is hypoallergenic.

Although he is descended from the rustic mountain cats, the Neva Masquerade it is an easy-going animal that gets along well with children, with other cats and even with dogs. This sociable character explains his success. It is also a demonstrative feline, intelligent and very communicative. As he has highly developed hunter instincts, must be able to meet your needs, what comes with the desire for freedom and independence. It is highly recommended to put at your disposal a tree so that the cat can vent.

The Neva Masquerade he is no longer the rustic mountain cat he used to be. Now, he is a very sociable cat, able to get along with everyone (cats, dogs, children…) As long as you are not in a hurry and are nice to him. Very affectionate, demonstrative and communicative, it can even be exclusive with its master or a little tail.

lively and smart, has brilliant qualities as a hunter. Sometimes you may have a certain desire for independence and freedom, but that does not prevent him from living in an apartment as long as he can vent comfortably with games, a cat tree and other entertainment sources.


The Neva Masquerade it is a model of robustness. No specific disease is attributed to him.


Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he owned a well-known cat Neva Masquerade call Dorofei, who was crowned with the title of “First pet” in 2008.

The Neva Masquerade they have even been diplomatic gifts from Russian officials. People say that Vladimir Putin gave one to a Japanese governor, and that Dmitri Medvédev gave one to the former Finnish president.

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