The Neva question

Neva or not Neva? Here is a controversial subject. Each breeder has their own views and convictions.
I would like to express here MHO. calabria
I was born into this world of feline passion. My mother who is a journalist, fell madly in love with Persian cats when covering a cat show conducted by the newspaper that she worked for at the time.
She started breeding cats in 1988. We also had a couple of Angora and Siamese cats.
I inherited this love for cats and I became a breeder myself.
I take this passion very seriously and the future of this wonderful breed, that has so much to offer, is entirely in the hands of today’s breeders. It is an honour and an huge responsibility.
For this reason, we focused on the question ” Neva Masquarade ” in depth.
A cat with all the Siberian breed virtues associated with a colour point look might seem very attractive to begin with if you are a new breeder in the first steps of your education and this is why it is so important the education of news breeders. Once a new breeder invested in the purchases of cats (it is an not only a financial investment but also emotional) it is much harder to change direction and Siberian breeders don’t sell to catteries with Neva. It can get tricky for those one who started badly.

There are two types of Neva, the ones born naturally from an encounter of a Siberian and a colour point house cat brought to the area (ex Nysusia)  and those that were hand made by breeders.

Here is an interesting article by Olga Mironova.This article is particularly interesting exactly because it was written by a feline Judge and Neva breeder and it explains perfectly how Neva was created. The amount of Natural Neva cats like Nyusya and mars was extremely small compared to the huge nulbers fabricated hand made.

Everyone is entitled to have an opinion on the subject but I believe here on this matter, it is  clearly not only a conflict of opinions but above all an huge conflict of interests. Neva cats sell well to pet owners.

In our case considering we already had Siamese cats we knew the colourpoint pattern mutation occurred naturally in Asia: Thailand Malasya etc. Colour point cats do not belong to the geographical area where Siberians evolved, they were brought in by men.

I wonder what would be the result of the following experiment:

A cattery breeding Neva,  only using  studs and queens coming from those blood lines with Neva as foundation  (either “natural” or hand made) without any addition of Siberian cats and  blood lines, purely, for several generations NEVA on NEVA.
Knowing that the texture of the fur on Neva cats  is completely different from the Siberian’s fur, I wonder what would be the result of this experience in 20 years, 30 years. I believe that despite a good selection of the best breeding animals, the results would not be satisfactory regarding that same Sibérian standard that was fixed including Neva as a full Siberian. How long would it take to see strabismus problems, weaker, lighter constitution, different shape of the head and therefore a cat that no longer looks Siberian.

Neva is like any other breed in which colour point cats were  introduced (no matter how this  happened) and the final result is something else in between two breeds and types of cat, a sub breed perhaps but not the same. Like in the case of Persians. A colour point Persian is a sub breed called Himalayan.