Breed Of The Month Neva Masquerade


Neva Masquerades are often seen as the colorpoint variant of the Siberian cat. They aren’t recognized by TICA (The International Cat Association) or the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) as a separate breed.


The Neva Masquerade originated in Russia–somewhere near the Neva River (hence the name) in the 1980s.

This cat is known to be a cross between a Siamese and a Siberian cat, even though some believe that breeds such as the Birman, Balinese, and Himalayan were also used in the breeding program.

The Neva Masquerade gained recognition with the WCF (World Cat Federation) in 1992. In 1997, they were recognized by FIFe (Fédération Internationale Féline.)


The intention was to create a cat with the body of a Siberian and the colorpoint pattern of the Siamese.

The Neva Masquerade is a medium-to-large-sized cat (weighing around 8-20 lbs or 4-9 kg) with walnut-shaped blue eyes, a short muzzle, and a long coat of colorpoint fur.

Personality & Behavioral Traits

The Neva Masquerade tends to take after the Siberian and its temperament–they are friendly, affectionate, intelligent, and easy-going.

They are generally active and playful, so offering toys, puzzles, and climbing trees can help keep them entertained.

If properly introduced, these cats typically do well with other cats, dogs, and children.


Neva Masquerades are generally healthy, although they’re prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and polycystic kidney disease (PKD.)

Reputable breeders test their queens and sires for HCM and PKD to ensure only healthy cats are bred, and this decreases the kittens’ chance of developing either disease because both are hereditary.
But be mindful that cats can develop nonfamilial HCM or PKD (a new genetic mutation in the gene pool.)

An interesting fact about polycystic kidney disease is that it’s most common in Persian cats or cats of Persian ancestry–this could confirm some’s belief that Himalayan cats were used in the breeding program to create the Neva Masquerade.

Annual wellness check-ups are essential to ensure your cat is healthy.


The Neva Masquerade’s coat should be groomed at least 2 days a week (more often in the winter) to keep their shedding in check.

You should brush your cat’s teeth daily and trim their nails every 2-3 weeks.

These cats are prone to weight gain, so it’s important to monitor their eating and make sure they get plenty of exercise.

Similar & Related Breeds:

  • Siberian
  • Siamese
  • Birman
  • Himalayan
  • Balinese
  • Ragdoll

Works Cited​

“The Neva Masquerade Cat Breed And Its History,” Neva Breeder,

“The Neva Masquerade,” Siberian Catz,

Ward, Ernest & Weir, Malcolm, “Polycystic Kidney Disease in Cats,” VCA Hospital, shown that the,are commonly affected as well.

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