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In today's video, we are going to talk about some interesting facts and myths about the Neva Masquerade Cat.
Neva Masquerade cat is a pointed variety of the Siberian cat, meaning it has "points" of color on the face and paws. These are gorgeous, large, and impressive cats with full, fluffy coats and brilliant blue eyes.
There are a little controversy and confusion surrounding the Neva Masquerade. In some of the largest cat shows it is presented as a color variation within the Siberian breed, while some other organizations recognize the Neva Masquerade and the Siberian as two separate breeds, yet some Siberian enthusiasts consider the Neva Masquerade to be a threat to the purity of the Siberian breed.
The pointed Neva Masquerade color was planned and produced with the deliberate introduction of pointed breeds such as the Balinese, Siamese, and Himalayan, a few decades ago, so any Siberian cat with Neva Masquerade coloring has some mixed ancestry.
Here are some of the interesting facts about the Neva Masquerade Cat, which will give you some further insight into its characteristics and temperament.
1. Neva Masquerade's Origin.
Neva Masquerades were the result of crossbreeding between Siamese and Siberians in Russia in the 19 80s. Their name comes from the fact that they were bred along the Neva river near St. Petersburg, which was where a lot of masquerade parties took place. The black or grey coloring on the Neva Masquerade’s face resembles the mask worn by attendees of masquerade parties.
Some sources claim other breeds such as Birman, Himalayan, and Balinese were bred into the Neva Masquerade as well, but that remains unclear.
2. Neva Masquerade's Size.
The Neva Masquerade cat is a cat with gigantic dimensions. Male specimens can reach 12 kilograms, but are mostly 6 or 7 kilograms, while females weigh between 4 and 6 kilograms. They take about five years to reach these dimensions and once their development is complete, they have a strong and powerful look.
3. Neva Masquerade's Personality.
This is a remarkable cat that makes a wonderful pet, especially for those who want lots of fun interaction.
The Neva Masquerade is a big, lively cat that is agile and athletic with lots of energy. They are affectionate and friendly towards children, other cats, dogs, and horses. Small animals that are also family members need to be introduced cautiously or kept safely separate because the Neva Masquerade has a healthy prey drive.
That prey drive comes into service when it's time to play though, and these cats can learn tricks, play fetch, and come running when called. A little patience is all it takes to train these bright and eager cats, and you will be rewarded with a very unique catowning experience.
Neva Masquerades are notorious for their extensive vocabulary of twirls, purrs, chortles, and chirps. They are very vocal, but not loud at all, busily mumbling as they go about their day. This is a very affectionate and demonstrative breed, regularly headbutting and bustling its family members with love, but they desire interaction and are definitely not a good choice for extra busy folks who may be away from home long hours.
It is a relatively rare purebred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed and maybe one of the oldest in the world.
4. Neva Masquerade's Behavior.
The character of the Neva Masquerade cat is very close to the Norwegian cat. Although frequently described as a quiet force, it is a cat that shows great vitality, has a strong personality, and a strong character.
It is also intelligent, and very communicative. As he has very developed hunter instincts, he must be able to satisfy his needs, which entails the desire for freedom and independence. It is strongly recommended to put at his disposal a tree to a cat so that it can let off steam.
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