The Norwegian Forest Cat

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The Norwegian Forest Cat is a natural breed, it originates from Norway and is adapted to a very cold climate, with top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs, and a woolly undercoat for insulation. They are friendly and intelligent and are good with people.
The Norwegian Forest Cat has developed through natural selection, as only the toughest cats with the thickest waterproof coats and other special features would be able to survive in Norway’s harsh climate.


The Norwegian Forest Cat is strongly built and larger than an average cat.

They have a quiet voice but can develop a loud voice if kept in a house with a dog.

  • The Norwegian Forest cat has a lot of energy and can be very demanding of attention.
  • The breed has a long, sturdy body, long legs and a bushy tail.
  • The coat consists of a long, glossy, thick and water-repellent top layer and a woolly undercoat and is thickest at the legs, chest and head.
  • The head is long, with an over-all shape similar to an equilateral triangle, a strong chin, and a muzzle of medium length; a square or round-shaped head is considered to be a defect.
  • The eyes are almond shaped and oblique, and may be of any colour.
  • The ears are large, wide at the base, high set, have a tufted top, are placed in the extension of the triangle formed by the head, and end with a tuft of hair like the ears of the lynx.

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These cats usually live to be 14 to 16 years old and as they are heavy-boned and tall they require more food than most other domestic breeds. Males are considerably heavier and larger-boned than females.