THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT
                 

The beginning of the breed

     

The standard

     

¿How is a Forest Cat?

           

 

THE BEGINNING OF THE BREED

As its name tells us, the Norwegian Forest Cat (“Norsk Skogkatt” in Norwegian) is from Norway. The origin of the breed is very old. Big and furry cats were present at the Scandinavian Mythology (two Wegies-like cats drawn the Freya’s goddess chariot). It’s possible that Wegies had sailed with Vikings around the world.
This cat has evolved to survive under the hardest climate conditions, developing an amazing fur, strong health, huge size and incredible hunting aptitudes. Probably, this last point was the main reason which link the Wegies to humans, hunting rats at farms.
During the 1930s, the Norwegians began to breed seriously their national cat. After the II World War break, the serious breed started again in 1972.
In 1976 the Norwegian Forest Cat was recognised by FIFé (Fédération Internationale Féline).

Until 1990 was allowed to use novice cats, taken from the countrieside or farms, in breeding programs. Today that's not possible anymore.

THE STANDARD

 

The Norwegian Forest Cat ia a semilong haired cat, with big and strong body. Here you can find the

Norwegian Forest Cat FIFé standard. You can also see the points scale to judge a cat and the EMS code.

You can see all the colours varieties recognised by FIFé at this link.

General

Size

Big
Head
Shape

Triangular, where all sides are equally long; with good height when seen in profile;

forehead slightly rounded; with long, straight profile without break in line (no stop).

Chin
Firm
Ears
Shape

Large, with good width at the base; pointed tips; with lynx-like tufts and long hair

out of the ears

Placement

High and open, so that the outer lines of the ears follow the line

of the head down to the chin

Eyes
Shape
Large and oval, well opened, set slightly oblique
Expression
Alert expression
Colour
All colours permitted, regardless of coat colour
Body
Structure

Long, strongly built; solid bone structure

Legs
General
Strong, high on legs; hind legs higher than the front legs
Paws
Large, round, in proportion to the legs
Tail
 

Long and bushy; should reach at least to the shoulder blades,

but preferably to the neck

Coat
Structure

Semi-long. The woolly undercoat is covered by a water repellent uppercoat

which consists of long, coarse and glossy guardhairs covering the back and the sides.

A fully coated cat has a shirtfront, a full frill and knickerbockers.

Colour

All colours are permitted, including all colours with white;

except pointed patterns and chocolate, lilac, cinnamon and fawn.

Any amount of white is allowed, i.e. a white blaze, white locket, white chest,

white on the belly, white on the paws, etc.

Remarks
General
Very slow maturing of this breed should be taken into account.
Head
Mature males may have broader heads than females
Coat
  • Coat is evaluated only on texture and quality.
  • Length of coat and density of undercoat vary with the seasons.
  • Kittens can take up to 6 months of age to develop guard hairs.
Faults
General
Too small and finely built cats
Head
  • Round or square head
  • Profile with a break (stop)
Ears
  • Small ears
  • Set too widely apart
  • Set too close together
Legs
  • Short legs
  • Thin legs
Tail
Short
Coat
  • Dry coat
  • Knotted with lumps
  • Too silky

 

Points
 
Head
General shape, forehead, nose, profile, jaw and teeth, chin.
20
Ears
Shape, size and placement.
10
Eyes
Shape, expression.
5
Body
Shape, size, bone structure legs, shape of paws.
25
Tail
Length and shape.
10
Coat
Quality and texturelength.
25
Condition
 
5

 

EMS code in Norwegian Forest Cats
Breed

 

NFO
Norwegian Forest Cats
Colours
 
n
black
a
blue
d
red
e
cream
f
black tortie
g
blue tortie
w
complete white
s
silver
y
golden
t
ámber
Ammount of white
 
01
Van
02
Arlequín
03
50% of the body with white
09
Less than 50% of white
Tabby pattern
 
21
unspecified tabby pattern
22
Blotched tabby
23
Mackerel tabby
24
Spotted tabby
25
Ticked tabby
11
Shaded
12
Shell


¿HOW IS A FOREST CAT?

 

Although their wild aspect and that they have developed at a hard natural environment, Wegies have extremely good character. The Norwegian Forest Cat is very friendly with humans and other animals. They are very confident, and they use to purr all the time.
Wegies are happy with an indoor life if they could play with toys and with you. Off course they need to scratch at the scratching post.
The Norwegian Forest Cats are very good hunts so we have to be careful with open windows or balconies, because they could jump for to catch a bird, fly, ...
W egies are extremely good trees climbers, and the most amazing thing is their way to getting down, with their head first!

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a slow growing breed. Males reach the physical plenitude at the age of 3-4 years, and females usually after their first litter.

Cats need to be deparasited and vaccined regularly to preserve good health. If the cat seems to have a health problem we have to carry it to the vet. Is very dangerous to use human medicines with cats because most of them are poisoned to our pets.


A cat is not a toy, is a friend that needs our care and love. It's our responsability to give to our cat a good life and take care of it all its life.

In order to be sure that our cat is developing correctly, we advice high quality dry food, and always lots of fresh water.

Although its semilong hair, the Norwegian care is not complicated. A weekly brush and comb is enough to avoid knots.
Wegies have waterproof guard hairs, which protect them of rain, snow and dust. Anyway, we could bath them if they need. Usually Wegies enjoy playing with water and to take a bath is not a traumatic experience for them.
We have to use warm water (like for us) and an adequate cat shampoo. It’s very important to wash very well all the shampoo at the finish of the bath. We have to dry the cat with a towel as much as possible. There are cats that permit to dry them with a hairdrier, but other ones hate it, so we could put the cat in a warm room with heating.

The mental health of the cat depends of the richness of its environment, in that case our home. We think that is very important to talk and play with them. They are part of the family.