About the breed
The history of the Neva masquerade cat breed begins in the 20th century. This is a fairly young breed, gaining more and more popularity. To breed Neva Masquerade steel since 1989. The breed was officially recognized by international organizations in 1992. But not all organizations recognize it as an independent breed.
The origin of Neva masquerade cats goes back to Siberian cats, which lived for many centuries in Siberia. This is the so-called native breed, formed independently under the influence of the environment. Siberians are the progenitors of many modern breeds of semi-long-haired cats.
The exact place of origin of the breed is unknown. Breeding masquerade cats for the first time engaged in St. Petersburg.
Actually, this gave the name to the breed - Neva - in honor of the river on which the city stands. The second name - masquerade - the cat owes a peculiar color: the dark hair on the face looks like a mask.
Neva Masquerade cat - a cat with long hair and blue eyes, which can have different shades of blue: from light to sapphire.
The coat of a masquerade cat, like the coat of Siberian, is hypoallergenic. Allergies to the Neva cat are less common than to other breeds, although exceptions are found. To make sure that the Neva Masquerade does not cause an allergy, you need to do a wool analysis. Opinions that exclusively females are allergenic are wrong.
Neva masquerade wool requires good care, as tassels are formed like in many long-haired cats. In spring, abundant molting begins, due to which the cat becomes almost shorthair. The large collar disappears, but by winter the undercoat grows back, and the cat becomes fluffy.