Norwegian Forest Cat


the Norwegian Forest Cat.

The Norwegian Forest cat is the national cat of Norway. It is a healthy and robust cat, that doesn't need a lot of work with its fur. The temper is lovable; playful, social and family friendly.

The Norwegian Forest cat is a semi-longhaired breed. It's supposed to be big and powerful built, long in body and high on legs, big paws and a long, bushy tail. They have a duoble fur, with a wooly undercoat to keep the cat warm, and glossy, water resistant overcoat. In full condition the Norwegian Forest cat should have a full frill, shirtfront and nickerbockers.

All colours are allowed, except pointed colours and lilac, chocolate, cinnamon and fawn. The Forest cat should have a triangular shaped head with a long and straight profile and strong chin. The ears should be big with tufts and hear out of its ears, and eyes are slightly oblique with a wild look to them.

From old folklores the Forest cat has been known since the 16th century, known as "the Huldre cat" or "the Troll cat". It was given magical qualitys and took part in a lot of myths. Example given is that people for a long time believed that the cat really was a mix between lynx and cat.

The truth is that the Norwegian Forest cat in a early point of its history started to live on the farms. It was a tough breed, adapted to live in extreme nature, and a great mice hunter was needed at any farm. Due to unpopularity, misconduct, and also breeding with other domesticated house cats, the breed was almost led to extinction many times.

The first time "the Troll cat" participated at a cat show was in 1938. However, it wasn't recognized internationally as a pure bred cat before 1977. This thanks to persistent lovers of the breed. Since then the Norwegian Forest cat has been more sought after both inside and outside of Norway, and today it is to be found on all continents, including Africa and Australia.

Breed standard was written with Pans Truls as a guideline

NFO Colours and Breed Standard

Colour code White spotting Agouti pattern
n (black) 01 (van=75%< white) 21 (agouti pattern impossible to identify)
a (blue) 02 (harlequin=50-75% white) 22 (classic tabby)
d (red) 03 (bicolour=25-50% white) 23 (mackarel tabby)
e (creme) 09 (unspecified anount of white=0-25% white) 24 (spotted tabby)
f (black tortoiseshell) 25 (ticked tabby)
g (blue tortoiseshell) 11 (shaded)
nt (dark amber)
at (light amber)
s (silver; always in combination with one of the aboves)
w (white; always covering another genetic colour)
General Size Large
Head Shape Triangular, where all sides are equally long. With good height seen in profile.
Forehead slightly rounded; with long, straight profile, without stop or dip.
Chin Firm
Ears Shape Large, with good width at base; pointed tips; with lynx-like tufs and long hair out of the ears.
Placement High and open, so that the outer line of the ears follow the line of the head down to the chin.
Eyes Shape Large and ovale, well opened, set slightly oblique.
Expression Alert expression.
Colour All colours permitted, regardless of coat colour.
Body Structure Long, strongly built; solid bonestructure.
Legs 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.
Fur Structure Semi-long. The wooly 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 shirtfront, a full frill and knickerbockers.
Colour All colours are permitted, including all colours with white; except pointed patters and chocolate, lilac, cinnamon and fawn. Any amount of white is allowed. Fargen skal være klar
Faults General Too small and finely built cats.
Head Round or square head. Profile with a break (stop or dip).
Ears Small ears, placed too widely apart or too close together.
Legs Short legs, think legs.
Tail Short tail.
Coat Dry coat, knotted with lumps, too silky.

Source: Norsk Skogkattring
FIFe NFO standard