The Russian blue cat was bred in Russia, but the modern version of the breed exists mainly due to the efforts of British breeders. Blue-eyed blue-eyed cats exported from Russia in the nineteenth century interbred with European and Abyssinian short-haired cats. As a result, amazingly beautiful animals were bred, in which silver wool is set off by emerald eye color. Continue reading
Felinological organizations registered the Neva Masquerade Cat as a separate breed recently – in the nineties of the twentieth century. Until that time, large fluffy cats with blue eyes and Siamese color were considered one of the varieties of the Siberian breed. Like many other breeds, the Neva masquerade cat breed keeps the history of its origin in secret. It is obvious only that the breed originated in Russia, and among its ancestors the Neva Masquerade cat has traditional Siberians and Siamese. Continue reading
There is an opinion that European cats originate from Egyptian cats, which, in due time, were brought by Roman legionaries first to Italy, and from there the cats spread throughout the empire.
In the 10th century, domestic cats were distributed throughout most of Europe and Asia, and were, like their ancestors, shorthair. Subsequently, when cats with long hair began to be taken out of eastern countries, animals with long hair began to appear among short-haired cats. Continue reading