Neva Masquerade - features of the exterior of the breed
1. The history of the breed. The origin of the breed presented in the cattery of Neva Masquerade cats still causes lively discussions, it is reliable and not disputed only one is the kinship of the Neva Masquerade with the Siberian. According to different versions, the Persian, Himalayan and Thai color-point breeds shared with her the wealth of the color. The name of the breed was born in the process of its breeding, as they were doing it in St. Petersburg, and the Neva River was immortalized in the first part, and the color of the muzzle resembling a mask in the second. For the first time this breed was shown at an exhibition in 1988, the International Felinological Organization registered the breed in 1990, and in 1992 it was recognized by WCF. This is one of the few native Russian breeds that is considered a Siberian subspecies and has the official name “Siberian color point”.
2. Like Siberians Neva Masquerade large cats. Females reach a weight of 5-6 kg, males grow to 8-9 kg. Wool of medium length, beautiful and thick, smooth, consisting of three layers, has a water-repellent effect. It does not molt, does not slide into tundles, with the onset of heat the downfalls fall out and a new one grows by winter. Despite the presence of long hair, this breed is recognized as the most non-allergenic due to the lack of protein in the saliva, the culprit of allergies. The cat's head is massive, but proportional to the body, without a protruding chin with developed jaws and a low forehead. The ears are wide apart, tilted forward, small tassels are desirable at the tips. The neck is short. The incision is round. The body is large with well-developed muscles, the legs are large, with fur between the fingers. The tail is long, fluffy, with long outer hairs and a round tip.
3. The standard color is considered such a combination - a light body, and the muzzle, tail, legs and ears are dark. The intensity of the coat color can be different - black-brown, silver-blue, light brown with white. There are cats with a tabby effect, that is, dark spots on the muzzle, legs and tail are accompanied by stripes. The color does not appear immediately, kittens are born white and only at 4 weeks old does color begin to appear. The most unusual thing about them is the color of their eyes - all shades of sapphire from dark blue to pale blue.
Standard color options.
4. Seal Point
The most popular, often found. Tail, legs, muzzle and ears are dark brown. The body may also have a beige, gray or light brown tint. In purebred animals, there is a sharp contrast between the shade of hair on the body and the dark color of the paws, tail and muzzle.
Very beautiful color of silver-blue tide. The body is white with a delicate gray tint, and dark spots are not so contrasting, but still clearly visible.
This is the rarest color option. Dark spots have a rich orange color, and the body is a delicate golden hue. The combination of orange wool with blue eyes produces an amazing effect.
It is also called tortoise color, due to the fact that a variety of patterns form from colored spots that do not repeat. Dark spots are black and reddish brown. In kittens, they appear gradually and can change color and intensity with age. So it’s impossible to predict what color will result in.
Seal Tabby Point is an interesting combination of dark spots and stripes on the legs and face.
Blue tabby point - dark stripes are added to the blue color. The eyes of these cats have a brighter shade.
Red tabby point - like the rest of the colors, redheads have additional stripes on the tail, legs and muzzle.