Neva MASQUERADE is distinguished only by its colour – it is a colourpointed version of the Siberian cat. These beautiful elegant cats with distinguished blue eyes first appeared in Saint Petersburg and in the late 1980s the breeding of these cats began. Their almost poetic name Neva MASQUERADE, was given to them in honour of the city Neva.
The Siberian Forest Cat is very similar to the Norwegian Forest Cat. It has a large and stocky build, its body long and well muscled and its average weight is from 5 to 10 kilograms. It is a cat with a strong skeleton, rounded strong feet, with typical tufts of fur between its toes. The head is rounded, the ears broad set and the body proportionally strong. A straight nose bridge of moderate length with a slightly rounded forehead, very strong and full cheek bones; long whiskers and eyelashes and a wide chin.
The ears are set wide, of medium size, wide at the base and slightly rounded at the top. Well covered in fur with furnishings like the lynx on the top of its ears. The eyes are large, oval and of an intelligent expression; traditional coloured cats with green or yellow eyes and the Neva MASQUERADE with blue eyes. All colours and combinations are allowed; cinnamon (chocolate) and lilac are not allowed in colourpoints.
In its homeland, Russia, serious work on selection started in 1987 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg followed by other cities. In 1992 the breed was recognised by the WFC and in 1997 by the FIFE. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Russian breeders the Siberians have become popular all over the world.