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History of the Breed

The Norwegian Forest cat is adapted to survive Norway's cold weather. Its ancestors may include black and white short-hair cats brought to Norway from Great Britain some time after 1000 AD by the Vikings, and long haired cats brought to Norway by Crusaders. These cats could have reproduced with Native cats and may have eventually evolved into the modern-day Norwegian Forest breed.

Norse Legends refer to the Skogkatt as a "mountain-dwelling fairy cat with an ability to climb sheer rock faces that other cats could not.

The ancestors of the Modern Norwegian Forest cat served as ships cats (mousers) on Viking long boats, the viking where said to be amazed by their love of water.


They lived in the Norwegian forests for many centuries, but were later prized for their hunting skills and were used on Norwegian farms.


In 1938 the first organization devoted to the breed, the Norwegian Forest Cat Club, was formed in Oslo, Norway. The club's movement to preserve the breed was interrupted by World War II. Owing to cross-breeding with free-ranging domestic cats during the war, the Norwegian Forest cat became endangered and nearly extinct until the Norwegian Forest Cat Club helped the breed make a comeback by developing an official breeding program.

In the 1970s, after the breed became officially recognized by FIFe, King Olaf V of Norway named it as the National cat of Norway.

In the Late 1980s the first breeding pair of Norwegian Forrest cats where brought to the UK from Scandinavia by the Norwegian Forrest Cat Club UK

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Breed Description

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The gentle and friendly Norwegian Forest Cat (Wegie) for short—is fond of family members but does not demand constant attention and petting. They are satisfied to be in the same room with people and will entertain themselves if no one is home, they get on well with other animals in the home and love Children.


They enjoy a scratch between the ears or beneath the chin and really love a belly rub, and will often remind you they are there with a nice head butt or cheek rub.


Their quiet voice is employed only when they need to get your attention, most likley for their dinner or they just want to remind you they are there.

They are a smart, independent cat who learns quickly and has an alert nature. They like to play and thrive with a busy family that loves Them.

The Norwegian Forest Cat is strongly built and larger than an average cat. Adult females of the species will typically weigh in at 3.6 - 8 kg (8 - 18 lbs), while males tends to weigh in at 4.5 to 9 kg (10 - 20 lbs) . 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, they also have masses of toe fluff to cover there pads so to protect them from the icy cold snow.


 Since the cats have very strong claws, they are very good climbers, and can even climb rocks.



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