Siberian Neva Masquerade cats have a gentle, loving nature and well rounded personality. They adore children, readily accept the other household pets and get along great with the whole family, giving them the ability to blend in and adapt to almost any family situation. Siberians have a Dog-like devotion and personality. They are referred to as "the cat for dog people". Neva Masquerades enjoy being with their human companions and it is not in their nature to be standoffish, or aloof with their families. Coming when called, following the household members around, and some more social cats even greet guests at the door. Because they are a social cat, if left alone too often they can become quite lonely, and a animal companion, such as another cat or a friendly dog can help relieve the loneliness and curb undesirable activities. It is a slow to develop breed, retaining their kitten personalities their whole life. Possessing a hardy constitution with no known genetic defects, and non-allergenic. They like high places and are powerful leapers, their sharp wit and muscular bodies enable them to be good hunters and excellent mousers. They can be easily trained to do simple tricks such as how to stay off tables, off counters, play fetch, and be leash trained. If not given cause to fear water, they love fresh running water and will drink from a running faucet, preferring it to drinking out of a water bowl. Occasionally not only supervising your bath or shower, but actually joining you.
This Siberian was introduced to America in 1996 and depicts their coloring. "Colorpoint" (Neva Masquerade) Siberians, have light, to white colored fur, and big blue eyes. They are also the rarest (and most sought after) of the Siberians. Given a festive name due to their more decorative coats, and presumably originating along the banks of the Neva River in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). They are known in Russia as the "Pearl of Siberia". When other cat breeds were imported to this area of Russia, the Siberian was mixed with pointed cats such as Siamese and Burmese, which created offspring with a fluffy coat and pointed color (Neva Masquerade). Some claim this mix was natural, while others claim intentional.