Origins of the breed
The Siberian is a very old, natural breed of cat, which has been known in Russia for many centuries. They are probably related to the Norwegian Forest Cat, with which they have much in common, in that this cat is well-equipped to withstand the harsh climate of northern Europe.
They appeared at the first cat shows in the 1870’s. In the late 1980’s, some cats were exported to other European countries and also to the U.S.A. They were fully recognised by FIFe and TICA in 1996. In some registries, the colourpoint variety is known as the Neva Masquerade.