Federation Internationale Feline World Cat Federation
The Neva Masquerade as well as the Siberian cat has its origin in Russia.
The Siberian cat has a long history which dates back to the 17th century, living on the tree tops in the dense Siberian forest.The Neva cat is only known in Middle Europe since the fall of the "Iron Curtain" and is therefore still quite unknown over here.
Perhaps this is an advantage because due to the short time of breeding history the cats are still very healthy and without optical extremes.
Over the centuries this breed adapted to Siberia’s harsh climates which no other breeds could do.
In the 1930s, Siberians were discovered in the south central area of Russia, living on the streets of Novosibirsk and nearby small towns.
Breeding with Siamese and Birman cats (whether naturally, or with man’s interaction) the Siberians offspring is known as a Seal Tabby Point, due to its color.
Soon after, this breed was transported to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and announced as a “New Breed” called Neva Masquerade. This name was derived from the nearby Neva River, and the masquerade parties so prevalent among the wealthy people living near the river.
The long road toward world recognition of the Siberian breed began in 1987, when the first cat fanciers’ clubs appeared in Russia and controlled breeding was undertaken.
The Siberian standard has been revised and honed by the “Fauna” Cat Fanciers’ Club in Moscow, through the painstaking and tedious breeding efforts of O.A. Sizova and T.P. Bobina, by the “Kotofei” Cat Fanciers’ Club in Saint Petersburg (previously Leningrad), and with the collaboration of numerous affiliates and spin-offs of these original clubs.
The official standard was given final approval on December 4, 1994 at a WCF session attended delegates from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (SNG), to which felinologists from other international cat associations were also invited.
The Neva Masquerade is a naturally occurring breed of cat with semi long coat and a dense undercoat. In winter, their fur is much thicker, which is particularly noticeable on the collar. The coat color of the Neva Masquerade is usually interspersed with bright and dark places (Points) on the ears, face, tail and legs. The beautiful cat color is white or cream-colored fur and the drawings are divided into the categories of color-point, bicolor or mitted. The Neva Masquerade is a strong cat with large expressive eyes.
Head is short and broad with deep set, broad cheek bones, rounded muzzle and slightly
Forehead is slightly arched.
Nose is equally broad from the base to the nose leather.
Contours are gently rounded.
Profile is slightly curved.
Ears are of medium size, broad at the base with a slightly rounded tip. They are set wide
apart and slightly tilted forwards.
Eyes are large, slightly oval and rounded at the lower edge, set at a slight slant and wide apart.
Eye colour shall be even and corresponds with the coat colour. All shades from yellow/golden to
green are permitted. In bicolour and other patterns with white also blue or odd eyes. In pointed
patterns blue, the darker the better.
Body is muscular and heavy.
Neck is short and solid.
Legs are also muscular and of medium length.
Paws are large, compact and round with toe tufts.
Tail reaches to the shoulder blades, it is slightly tapering and bushy.
Coat is of medium length. The very dense undercoat is soft and fine, under a coarser, firm top coat. The dense, loosely falling top coat is water repellent, has a firm structure, firm to touch and glossy. It covers the back, the flanks and top of the tail completely. The under parts of the body and the back of the hind legs have only undercoat. The coat is particularly long on the neck, the chest, the trousers and the tail.
Weight — 5-9 kg.
The Neva Masquerade is a friendly, social cat who is cuddly and likes using her melodious voice. She gives herself spirited now and then and has a sunny disposition. The moods of their people towards the cat tolerated is very sensitive. The fur of the Neva Masquerade is not prone to matting as opposed to the Persian. As the cat of their care devoted much attention to itself, the person needs only shedding a little nachzuhelfen with the brush. He should be as densely hairy tail and the collar omit, since torn hair need here up to two years to regrow.
They do shed, but not as much as other long haired cats. Their thick undercoats are generally non-matting but they do occasionally get matts under the armpits and on their rear britches. A once a week good grooming should be sufficient to keep their coats in top condition. They love to have one-on-one attention from their owners as this becomes a wonderful bonding time. Start the grooming cycle with your kitten when it comes to you so that it gets used to it before the heavy triple coat is fully developed.
Lifespan — 18 years.
The Neva Masquerade is a friendly, social cat.
The breed is easy going and may be kept and bred without any problems.
All cats have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, don’t walk, from any breeder who does not offer a health guarantee on kittens or who tells you that her kittens are isolated from the main part of the household for health reasons. Siberians have at least one hereditary health issue: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of heart disease in cats. It causes thickening (hypertrophy) of the heart muscle. An echocardiogram can confirm whether a cat has HCM. Avoid breeders who claim to have HCM-free lines. No one can guarantee that their cats will never develop HCM. Siberians that will be bred should be screened for HCM, and cats identified with HCM should be removed from breeding programs. Do not buy a kitten whose parents have not been tested for this disease.
Remember that after you’ve taken a new kitten into your home, you have the power to protect him from one of the most common health problems: obesity. Keeping a Siberian at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to protect his overall health. Make the most of your preventive abilities to help ensure a healthier cat for life.