Neva Masquerade cat with kittens feeding.

Neva Masquerade Cat Breed

A magnificent colorpointed cat with an ultra-thick coat, the breed is calm and fearless, with an easygoing nature.

This breed is the colorpoint version of the Siberian, a forest cat that has a long history in Russia. The Neva Masquerade is named after the Neva River in St. Petersburg, where it was first developed.

Combining strength with gentleness, this substantially built cat makes an excellent family pet and has a reputation for becoming particularly attached to children. The immensely thick coat of the Neva Masquerade, which has a double-layered undercoat, is not inclined to form mats or knots, so grooming is not a difficult task, although it does need to be done regularly.

Origin: Russia, 1970s

Breed registries: FIFe

Weight range: 10–20lb (4.5–9kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: Various colorpoints, including seal, blue, red, cream, tabby, and tortie.