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Norwegian Forest

Norwegian Forest

Larger than the average cat, the Norwegian Forest is both elegant and muscular, with a robust build and a glorious semi-long coat. Strongly and solid, the Norwegian Forest has a long, triangular head with high set, tufted ears, long legs and a majestic bushy tail. Coats are semi-long, with the body fur shedding out to a shorter length in summer. The winter coat sports a full ruff around the neck, shirtfront and fluffy trousers around the hind legs.

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Needs high-level of enrichment including simulated hunting games and interactive play
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Larger stockier cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Great for a relaxed home

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
Weight:  5.8 - 10kg
Colours:  Comes in any colour except chocolate, lilac or Siamese patterns and can have any number of white markings to the paws, chest, belly or face. Eyes can be any colour.

Ratings

Family-friendly: 2/5
Playfulness: 3/5
Intelligence: 3/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  4/5
Likes Other Pets: 4/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 4/5
Norwegian Forest cat is standing in the yard

Personality

Gentle and friendly, but not constantly demanding of attention, a Norwegian Forest cat or ‘Wegie’ is happy to entertain themselves if no one is home, and equally satisfied with curling up beside their people when they are there. They can be reserved with visitors and are not particularly lap-cats (often because they can be prone to overheating) but will enjoy affection and physical contact from their people. 

Norwegian Forest cat is climbing tree

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Norway

Believed to originate in Scandinavia and referred to as the Skogkatt in its homelands, the Norwegian Forest Cat is mentioned in Viking legend and mythology. Their wild and rugged appearance, with a sturdy build and thick, weatherproof coat means these cats would easily have coped with the Scandinavian climate, and with traveling as ships cats. At risk of dying out in the early 20th Century, breeders worked hard to save them, putting in place a special breeding program in the 1970’s to protect the breed. They received royal recognition from King Olaf, who designated them the official cat of Norway!

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