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Origins
It is likely that the ancestors of these cats were Southern European shorthaired cats that migrated to Norway in prehistoric times. They developed through natural selection as only those cats which...
It is likely that the ancestors of these cats were Southern European shorthaired cats that migrated to Norway in prehistoric times. They developed through natural selection as only those cats which were able to adapt to the harsh Norwegian winters would have survived. It is claimed that the ancestors of this cat were the household pets of the Norwegian Vikings who took their cats with them on their ships that sailed to many countries of the then known world. This would explain the presence of cats of similar appearance in other far-flung countries. From roaming the forests they are believed to have migrated to the farms where they were prized for their ability to control the rodent population. These cats are known as Skogkatt in their native land and there are many myths and legends surrounding the breed. In the 1930s the cat fancy in Norway started a movement to preserve the Forest Cat as the Norwegian national breed. Unfortunately the second world war halted further work on this project and it was not until the 1970s that the first Norwegian Forest Cat breed club was formed. Dedicated breeders worked on the breed and it was eventually recognized by the FIFe in 1977.
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Character
The Norwegian Forest cat has a very sociable character and makes a great pet for children. They get on well with other pets too – especially dogs. This is a hardy, robust and athletic cat but despi...
The Norwegian Forest cat has a very sociable character and makes a great pet for children. They get on well with other pets too – especially dogs. This is a hardy, robust and athletic cat but despite its size this cat is incredibly supple and a remarkably good climber. It is also one of the few cats that enjoys water. The Norwegian has an even temperament, is self-assured, friendly and easy-going. It is a laid back calm cat, but can be very playful too. Cat owners describe them as loving and affectionate cats. They prefer an outdoor lifestyle, ideally in an enclosed and escape-proof garden. However they are adaptable characters and make very good indoor cats, providing you provide plenty of toys and activities for them, to prevent boredom. Intelligent and resourceful, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a mild-mannered breed that adapts easily to its environment. They are very interactive cats who enjoy being part of their family environment and love to play with anyone who enjoys a game.
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MORPHOLOGY
COAT PATTERN
STANDARDS

Norwegian

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a natural breed with a strong body set on fairly high strong boned legs.

It is well covered with a soft under coat and medium long, fairly coarse guard hairs which protects it from extreme weather.

Its distinctive head is wedge shaped, with a straight profile and well pricked ears, which are tufted and with long hair coming from within.

It has almond shaped eyes with a watchful, alert expression which is distinctive for the breed. It has a thickly plumed tail which it holds high.

All colours with and without white with the exception of those showing hybridization resulting from point restricted patterns, (Siamese), chocolate, sable (seal), lavender (lilac), cinnamon and fawn.

There is also a unique colour that has so far only been identified in the Norwegian Forest Cat (proven by DNA testing).

This is amber which appears in two forms known as amber and light amber, these colours appear in both non-agouti and agouti, both with and without white.

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If these cats go outdoors, make sure that they are confined to the garden.

If they are are kept only as indoor cats, they should be provided with plenty of physical and mental stimulation: a cat tree is an essential, also a supply of toys  as they love to have something to play with and will occupy themselves happily by throwing things in the air and catching them as they come down. 

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