Norwegian Forest cat is a
breed to the USA
but not to their native Norway.
are said to date to Viking ships where they worked to keep the ships
rodents and insure grain storage areas were rodent free. They are
credited with being the ancestor of the Main Coon and long-haired Manx.
This is a beautiful cat
developed to survive outside in a
harsh environment. A warm undercoat is covered with a protective outer
often naturally “groomed” by rubbing on doorways to remove hair being
Norwegian Forest cat is a breed
be slow to mature, with eye colors
of green, gold, copper or green-gold. White cats may have blue or odd
eyes. By the show standard the head counts for 50 points, body for 30,
coat is 10
points with balance and color/pattern being 5 points each. A wide
approved colors is available.
They shouldn’t be too
fine boned for showing. Once
winter coat isshed off they
can appear quite different. The long guard
are smooth and somewhat heavy, and the cat can wave a banner of a long
tail. The eyes are often one of the prettiest features.
As they were originally a
‘working’ cat they are heavier
boned than some breeds, with heavy muscles that allow the cat to climb
thick claws to hoist themselves up. They are so sturdy they will often
down a tree head first, rather than backing down
hesitantly as other
Despite their long coat
they take somewhat less
than other long haired breeds do. They will need thorough grooming when
molt. They are curious and love people, intelligent and eager to meet
people. They are a
low-key cat not typically easily stressed.
They can be a lap cat
unless it is hot when they’d rather
sit next to you. Climbing areas and places to be up high to survey
are strongly recommended. They can have quite long hair covering the
owing to their hunt-in-all-conditions heritage of long ago.
The breed was nearly lost
due to crossbreeding but the mid
1900s some breeders preserved the purebred lines and in 1987 they were
officially accepted for registration in the CFA.
Because of their laid
back nature and friendly demeanor this
is a cat for many households where a high energy cat isn’t needed.
hunting heritage can mean an active sense of play, eagerly stalking a
“victim.” The rear legs
are slightly longer than the front, giving more
to climb and athletic abilities needed for hunting.
that makes them stand out are the
heavy fur on the feet, allowing a protective layer between the toes and
cold snowy ground in the days of old. Their shelter then was what they
find, with natural selection bringing a sturdy cat that seems to know
in the world.
Beauty and function
combine to make a Norwegian Forest Cat.