Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a breed of domestic cat native to Norway. The breed is very old, and occurred as a natural adaptation to the cold climate of the region. It is a sturdy cat with a heavy coat, equipped to survive harsh winters.

The Norwegian Forest Cat was not regarded as anything other than a standard house-cat until the 1930s, when it became a popular show cat. World War II caused the breeding practice of this cat to decline, until the 1970s.

Although they resemble the Maine Coon, they are a completely different breed. Their profiles are straight, and they have a more compact body than the Maine Coon. They have a double-layered fluffy coat, tufted ears and a long bushy tail. Their coat is essentially waterproof due to its double layers. Like the Maine Coon, these cats are large ““ adult males can weigh 13 to 22 pounds. Their front legs are shorter than their hind legs. The distance between the nose and ear tips of this particular breed should form an equilateral triangle. They mature slowly, often taking five years to reach their full size. These cats have almond shaped eyes, and are found in most colors and patterns, although they are most commonly tabby with white.

This breed is a playful and intelligent one. They are very affectionate as well, often looking for company if left alone. They love the outdoors and frequently climb trees, but if they are inside they might also climb appliances, bookshelves and other elevated surfaces. They are good family pets that are fairly low maintenance but require regular grooming.