|The Norwegian Forest Cat is said to be a
natural breed, which are breeds having a natural origin. This cat is rather
large, very solid built and has a long dense coat.
The Norwegian Forest
Cat is rather large, the body is slightly elongated, very strong and
muscular. The legs are high (long) and sturdy with strong paws. The bone
structure is heavy and strong.
Their head builds an equilateral triangle, where the nose is long and
straight. When viewed in profile, a long straight line can been seen, which
starts at the center of the top of the skull and continues down to the tip
of the nose. When viewed from the front, the outer edges of the head built
an equilateral triangle. On top the skull is rounded.
The neck is strong.
The eyes are large and oval, and set slightly oblique towards the base of
the ears. The eyes have a very characteristic expression, sparkling as if
the cat would be always alert for its surrounding. They eyes can show any
colour, which is not associated with any colour or pattern of the coat.
The ears are large, wide at their base, and are placed to continue the outer
edges of the head.
The coat is fairly long, it has a coarse waterrepellant uppercoat, with very
dense woolly undercaot. In winter the Norwegian Forest Cat shows an imposant
ruff, the hairs on the hind legs are rather long, thus resembling so called
nickerbockers. The uppercoat developes rather slowly, and can hardly be seen
The tail is long, and reaches at least up to the shoulders. The tail is very
Norwegian Forest Cat tortie silver tabby
Norwegian Forest Cat blue mackerel
Norwegian Forest Cat tabby with white
On the picture above you can see the imposant ruff, the triangular head, the
slightly slanted eyes and the luxuriously growing coat very well.
|Norwegian Forest Cats exist in almost any colour and
- black and blue
- red and cream
- amber und light amber
- all these colours can also be in tortie, i.e. patched with red resp.
- all these colours can also have a tabby pattern (blotched, mackerel,
spotted and ticked)
- all these colours can also exist with silver, for example smoke,
silver tabby, etc.
- These colours can have patches of any amount of white, for example
with white toes, with small white patches, in any bicolour pattern.
Norwegian Forest Cat red tabby with white
Already in the kitten the long straight nose can
Norwegian Forest Cat black with white
Norwegian Forest Cat
tortie smoke with white
Norwegian Forest Cat
black silver tabby with white
Norwegian Forest Cat blue mackerel (tiger)
Norwegian Forest Cat blue
The Norwegian Forest Cat, called Skogkatt, is a very old breed from Norway.
Their origin is unknown, these cats have been arround for ever. Norwegian
Forest Cats are not the result of crossbreeding with Persians, because
Persians did not exist in Norway up to the 20th century, but Norwegian
Forest Cats are dated back much earlier. Norwegian Forest Cats are also not
domesticated cats of wild origin. The first Norwegian Forest Cats had been
outdoor cats. In the Norsk mythology it is said that even the god Thor could
not lift up this huge cat from the ground because it was too heavy for him.
Freya, the goddess of love and fertility, had a carriage which was pulled by
two large cats.
Norwegian Forest Cats develope all attributes necessary for their survival:
a heavy double coat, a sturdy boning, strong hind legs with strong claws to
ensure jumping and climbing for hunting, to ensure the survival when living
outside in the snow and in a rough environment. In the early days thousands
of Norwegian Forest Cats had lived in the forests and the countryside of
Norway. It was in the 1970s that breeders made an effort to preserve the
original uniqueness of this cat. 1979 the first breeding pair was exported
to the US.
Norwegian Forst Cat, tabby with white, black
The Norwegian Forest Cat has a soothing and lovely disposition. Forest Cats
are always around you and will be your best friends for a life time. These
cats are not lap sitters, they do it only on their own terms. They like to
sleep in your bed, but prefer not to sleep under the covers. They are gentle
and quiet, but they know exactly what they want. Forest Cats are very
intelligent and sensible cats. They will follow your word, when being
outdoors, and they like to bring also little prizes from outdoor for you.
Norwegian Forest Cats have a coarse all weather coat, which is adapted very
well to rainy weather or winter times. Their coat has no tendency to mat or
getting knots. In general they are easy to groom, combing their coat
regularly will enhance the silkiness and glistening of their fur.