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A photograph of Neva
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Neva

Most colours are possible in Siberians including the colourpoint, which is nicknamed the 'Neva Masquerade'. No one knows for sure how or when the colourpoint gene came to be present in Siberian cats but it seems that it has been there for some centuries. It is probably not surprising that colourpointed cats found their way into the indigenous Russian cat population given the old Eastern trade routes and the many borders Russia shares with countries that would have colourpointed cats. There are stories of Russian fishermen along the river Neva trapping feral colourpointed cats, that liked to swim and taming them, hence the name masked cats from Neva. Many breeders breed colourpoints together with traditional colours so it seems certain that the colourpoints are here to stay. The Siberian is the only forest cat that colourpoints are recognised in.

Breed: Siberian
Breeder: Lynne Geary (Lyndongraey Field Spaniels, Maine Coons & Siberians)

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