Norwegian Forest Cat: Facts & Trivia

The Norwegian Forest Cat (a.k.a. Wegie or skogkatt in Norway) is a natural breed from northern Europe and the national cat of Norway. They are large, affectionate cats with strong claws that make them great climbers, reportedly they can even climb rocks.
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Norwegian Forest Appearance: 

Norwegian Forest cats are large weighing 9-20 pounds (4.1-9.1 kg). These cats have a double layer of fur. The outer layer is long, glossy and water resistant, while the undercoat is a thick woolen layer. Norwegian Forest cats’ coat has britches on its hind legs, a collar around the neck and tufted paws and ears. 

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a sturdy, well muscled cat, with a plumed tail. They have slightly longer back legs than front. Their coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and a wide variety of eye colors, including odd-eyed (one eye having a different color than the other). 

These cats take up to five years to mature. 

Norwegian Forest cats have a lifespan of 14-16 years.

Norwegian Forest Temperament:  

Norwegian Forest cats are naturally inquisitive, exploring every nook and cranny. They are also great climbers with strong claws, so providing a tree for them to exercise this skill is a great idea. 

Friendly and personable the Norwegian Forest Cat is generally not a lap cat. These cats have a moderately high energy level. They attach to the whole family, but are leery of strangers at first. They also get along well with dogs and kids. 

Other: This is a very old breed likely going back to the Vikings where they worked on farms and ships eliminating rodents. 

This breed is recognized by all major organizations.
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