Let's talk Neva Masquerades

The gorgeous Neva Masquerade is the colour pointed version of the Siberian cat. This means that the Neva Masquerade’s ears, legs, face and tip of the tail are darker in colour than the rest of their body, creating an eye-catching and unique appearance. Personality-wise, there is much to love about the breed as well. Just like the Siberian cat, they are devoted to their humans and show open displays of affection. The Neva Masquerade is an active and playful cat, capable of getting on with children, cats and dogs once trained. 

Official name: Neva Masquerade

Other names: Siberian Colourpoint

Origins: Russia

Black and white portrait of a Neva Masquerade

 

Shedding level

High

Warm weather? Very low
Energy level * Moderate Family Pet? *  Very high
Compatibility with other pets
Medium


* We advise against leaving pets alone for long stretches. Companionship can prevent emotional distress and destructive behavior. Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations.

Every pet is different, even within a breed; this snapshot of this breed specifics should be taken as an indication.

For a happy healthy and well-behaved pet, we recommend educating and socializing your pet as well as covering their basic welfare needs (and their social and behavioral needs).

Pets should never be left unsupervised with a child.

Contact your breeder or veterinarian for further advice.

All domestic pets are sociable and prefer company. However, they can be taught to cope with solitude from an early age. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or trainer to help you do this.
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Illustration of a Neva Masquerade
Male
35 cm Height
6.5 - 7.5 kg Weight
Female
35 cm Height
4 - 5 kg Weight

 

 Baby cat  birth to one month
 Kitten kitten  1-12 months
 Adult  1-7 years
 Mature  7-12 years
 Senior  From 12 years

Neva Masquerade sat by a tree with fallen leaves on floor

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Get to know the Neva Masquerade

All you need to know about the breed

The Neva Masquerade is certainly striking with their piercing blue eyes and plush, fluffy coat that practically invites you to stroke them. Of Russian origin, this large-sized cat is very similar to the Siberian when it comes to personality. The one distinguishing feature is their coat, as the Neva Masquerade’s ears, legs, face and tip of the tail are darker in colour than the rest of their body.

Underneath that fluff lies an athletic cat with keen instincts, a nod to their hunting roots. Staying active is important for the Neva Masquerade, both mentally and physically, with jumping and climbing at the top of their exercise list. Toy treasure hunts and intelligence games will also keep their mind sharp. Ideally, your Neva Masquerade can spend some time outdoors in a secured space such as an enclosed balcony or fenced garden.

This feline adapts well to family life and is incredibly affectionate towards humans, showing their love with gentle headbutts. But they will want plenty of attention in return - it’s not a good idea to leave this cat alone for long periods of time. They will come into your lap, if invited, but would never be so forward with family friends. With training, your Neva Masquerade is perfectly capable of getting along with children, other cats and cat-friendly dogs, which will help them to cope with your absence. (Just no hamsters or guinea-pigs, who will activate their prey instinct, sorry.) The Neva Masquerade is a truly gorgeous cat, inside and out.

Neva Masquerade perched on fallen log in forest

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2 facts about Neva Masquerades

1. Phantom of the opera

The breed’s name consists of two inspirations. Neva is the name of the river in St. Petersburg, the city where the breed hails from. Along the Neva river, there were many masquerade parties. A perfectly fitting name for this feline, whose colourpoint coat gives the impression of a mask on their face!

2. Express yourself

The Neva Masquerade is well known for their diverse vocal range, which spans from purring, to chirping with some trilling and joyful sounds thrown in for good measure. However, the Neva Masquerade is not a noisy cat to live with - they simply like to express themselves throughout the day at a low volume.

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History of the breed

The Neva Masquerade and the Siberan have a shared history, which dates back 1000 years or so and has inspired many folktales. Their plush, protective coats are a definite nod to their Siberian origins, where the climate is subarctic.

The 1980s saw a resurgence in the Siberian breed, which led to the Neva Masquerade. Their pointed colour was intentionally introduced by cat breeders in St. Petersburg, who crossed the Siberian with Balinese, Siamese and Himalayan cats.

This closeness between the Siberian and the Neva Masquerade is not without its controversy. Some Siberian breeders consider the Neva Masquerade as an inferior breed. In some cat shows, the breed is presented within the Siberian category, in others it is recognised as its own separate breed.

Today, the Neva Masquerade is bred across the globe with a presence in North America, despite remaining a rare breed. They were recognised by the WCF (World Cat Federation) in 1992 and in 1997 by the FIFe (Fédération Internationale Féline).

Black and white portrait of a Neva Masquerade

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From head to tail

Physical characteristics of Neva Masquerades

1. Ears

Small ears set up on head, hanging loosely.

2. Head

Well-proportioned broad, round head.

3. Body

Strong, well-balanced powerful body, deep, wide chest.

4. Tail

Straight, slightly curved tail, medium in length.

5. Coat

Harsh wavy outer coat; dense, fine, wooly undercoat with natural oils that repel water.

Neva Masquerade sat on a rock amongst plants

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Things to look out for

From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Neva Masquerade
Neva Masquerade kitten stood, front legs spread, in grass

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Caring for your Neva Masquerade

Grooming, training and exercise tips

The Neva Masquerade’s plush coat requires extensive grooming. During the winter months, brush the coat a few times a week to prevent them shedding all over your furniture, and swallowing their own hair. Nails are to be kept trim, ears should be regularly checked and daily teeth-brushing is advised. Exercising your Neva Masquerade is non-stop pleasure, as they truly thrive with outdoor time. No matter the weather, thanks to their thick coat, the breed is not deterred by rain or a bit of snow. So, not the breed for faint-hearted humans. Indoors, you can train your Neva Masquerade with a range of interactive toys and intelligence games to keep their brains working. They are a smart breed, content to please their human family, so you shouldn’t run into any difficulties.

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All about Neva Masquerades

Absolutely. This active breed with a daredevil attitude makes for a surprisingly calm cat around the house. They adapt well to new surroundings, and form strong attachments to their humans. Their willingness to please their humans makes the Neva Masquerade a highly-trainable cat, who is content to play with small children, cats and cat-friendly dogs before coming for some snuggles with you. 

The average life expectancy of a Neva Masquerade is 12-15 years, as their health is pretty sturdy. This gorgeous feline continues to grow in popularity and satisfies a lot of cat-owners requirements. They fit well with most humans, albeit those who can keep up with their energy, and will shower you with plenty of affection and attention (while expecting the same in return). 

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Sources

1 - Veterinary Centers of America https://vcahospitals.com/ 

2 - Royal Canin Cat Encyclopaedia. Ed 2010 and 2020

3 - Banfield Pet Hospital https://www.banfield.com/

4 - Royal Canin BHN Product Book