Neva masquerade is an intelligent and curious breed that happily follows its family on its heels while they like to "talk". Neva masquerade is a "masked" Siberian cat, ie the face, ears, legs and tail have a darker color while the body color is generally light and the eyes are blue - unlike the traditional colors of a Siberian cat.
The coat is very dense - relatively short on the back and long around the neck, chest and hind legs. The upper coat is water-repellent and feels slightly hard to the touch. The tail is medium long and thick with a rounded tip of the tail and covered all around with strong hairs. A neva masquerade requires relatively little fur care because it does not feel very much.
Size and appearance Neva masquerade is strong and muscular with large, round paws, long tail and short, strong neck. The head is slightly longer than it is wide, softly rounded with a slightly rounded forehead and well-developed, high set cheekbones. The nose is wide and medium long. The profile has a slight indentation but no stop - in profile, the upper line of the nose gives a slightly rounded impression. The slightly oblique blue eyes are large and slightly oval with a rounded shape at the bottom and are placed wide apart. The ears are medium in size, slightly sloping forward with an open base and round ear tips with tassels. Like most larger cat breeds, neva masquerade develops relatively slowly and it can take several years before it reaches full physique.
Approved as a breed ... Neva masquerade was approved in 2009 as a breed in FIFe but already in 2008 the first was registered within SVERAK - then as XLH. EMS breed code: NEM English name: Neva masquerade Sibling breed: Siberian cat
ALLERGY Neva Masquerade differs from many other breeds in that they are said to lack a protein, ERROR D-1, which causes allergies in many people. There is no scientific proof of this, but only practical experience among breeders and allergy sufferers that the Neva Masquerade is an allergy-friendly breed.