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Norwegian Forest

Norwegian Forest

The Norwegian Forest Cat is gorgeous, having bright emerald green eyes, a long flowing, silky coat, full mane, and magnificent 30.5 centimetre tail. This people-oriented breed is gentle and loving, including to other animals. A hardy, healthy feline that is naturally curious and athletic, the Norwegian Forest Cat is patient and not stressed easily. This breed is slow maturing, reaching full growth in about five years.

DID YOU KNOW? The cat of the Vikings, the Norwegian Forest Cat protected grain stores on land and sea from rodents. It is believed that these cats left their progeny on the shores of North America, explaining the breed’s presence on this continent.

The need-to-know
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Larger stockier cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Outdoor cat
  • Great family cat
Norwegian Forest Cat

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good for multi-pet households, not hypoallergenic
  • Size: Large, with males weighing 4.5 to 7 kilograms and females weighing 3.5 to 5.5 kilograms
  • Coat: Long, dense, glossy, smooth
  • Temperament: Sweet, curious, intelligent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Shedding: Yes
  • Vocalisation: Moderate
Norwegian Forest cat is standing in the yard

Personality

Norwegian Forest cats love people and thrive on human company. At times they can be very demanding of affection. At other times they appear quite independent. They are used to an outdoor life and are well adapted to roam and hunt outside and are said to be excellent climbers. They can be very rewarding companions as they are extremely friendly and playful. The breed is slow in developing and may not be mature until four years of age.

Norwegian Forest cat is climbing tree

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Scandinavia

The Norwegian Forest cat is a breed believed to originate from the shorthair cats brought by the Vikings from Great Britain and longhair cats brought by the Crusaders to Scandinavia, which then mated with local farm and feral cats. The breed's origin in the cold north of Scandinavia has meant that it is well adapted to the cold winters and is rugged and hardy. The best adaptation to the climate is the double coat, which keeps out the wind and the snow and is quick drying. The breed was first recognised in Norway in 1930 and first appeared at cat shows in 1938. Norwegian Forest cats were only exported from Norway in the 1970s.

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