Siberian cat & Neva Masquerade are semi longhair cats.
Neva is the pointed variety (different coloring on their feet, nose and tops of the ears), with much white fur and blue eyes.
Lovers of “natural” breeds have thus the unique chance to unite a masque cat with a forest cat. Being a masque cat all Nevas have blue eyes and a light body fur with which the dark parts (the so-called points) of the “colder” body regions as face, ears, tail and legs contrast.
Siberians have a triple fur coat; guard hairs, awn hairs, and down, which enabled them to withstand the harsh climates of Siberia.
Similar to all semi-longhaired breeds the volume of the fur differs according to the time of the season.
In winter the fur is much longer than in summer. The cats wear extremely long coating at the neck, thick and solid on the back and bushy on the tail. When the weather gets warmer in spring, the fur is getting thinner in total, only the tail remains bushy all year. You will now hardly believe that the Neva is a semi-longhaired cat.
The fur of the Neva is easy to handle. Combing or brushing once a week is absolutely sufficient as the fur does not tend to get matted. Neva cats can be called “children of nature” who are still able to take care of their fur.
As the Neva Masquerade forms a pedigree together with the Siberian(which is available in all “normal” fur colors) they are mating together.
Therefore, it is possible that although a pure Siberian mating is done the litter can contain Nevas as well as Siberians, presumed that both animals are point carriers.
The origins of the color point is obviously met with some dispute, but as long as proper records have been kept (1980’s), color points are noted to have been produced, although to this day the jury is still out on its true origins.