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Norwegian Forest bluecream mackerel & white
Samantha av Saltfjord
Breeder & Owner: Andrea Rother, Cattery av Saltfjord, Mühlheim/Ruhr, Germany
 
Norwegian Forest Cats exist in almost any colour and pattern:
  • white
  • black and blue
  • chocolate and lilac (those colours are not recognized in some organizations)
  • red and cream
  • In some organizations also cinnamon and fawn are recognized.
  • All these colours can also appear as tortie, i.e. patched with red resp. cream.
  • All these colours can also have a tabby pattern (blotched, mackerel, spotted and ticked)
  • All these colours can also exist with silver, for example smoke, silver tabby, etc.
  • All these colours exist also in Golden, for example golden shaded, golden tabby, etc.
  • These colours can have patches of any amount of white, for example with white toes, with small white patches, in any bicolour pattern.

Note:

In FIFe a new colour variant has been recognized in 2004, the so called Amber (formerly known as X-colour).
You will find an interesting article about the history of those colours at the cattery vom Arlesbrunnen.

Norwegian Forest amber classic tabby
Pialotta vom Arlesbrunnen
Breeder: Christa Utescheny, Cattery vom Arlesbrunnen, Zaisenhausen, Germany
 

Literature

Norwegian Forest Cat HCM research

Winn Foundation, Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Washington State University, Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Lab, Pullman, WA

 

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Breed profile

The Norwegian Forest Cat is said to be a natural breed, which are breeds having a natural origin. This cat is rather large, very solid built and has a long dense coat.

The Norwegian Forest Cat is rather large, the body is slightly elongated, very strong and muscular. The legs are high (long) and sturdy with strong paws. The bone structure is heavy and strong.
Their head builds an equilateral triangle, where the nose is long and straight. When viewed in profile, a long straight line can been seen, which starts at the center of the top of the skull and continues down to the tip of the nose. When viewed from the front, the outer edges of the head built an equilateral triangle. On top the skull is rounded.
The neck is strong.
The eyes are large and oval, and set slightly oblique towards the base of the ears. The eyes have a very characteristic expression, sparkling as if the cat would be always alert for its surrounding. The eyes can show any colour, which is not associated with the colour or the pattern of the coat.
The ears are large, wide at their base, and are placed to continue the outer edges of the head.
The coat is fairly long, it has a coarse water repellent upper coat, with very dense woolly undercoat. In winter the Norwegian Forest Cat shows an imposing ruff, the hairs on the hind legs are rather long, thus resembling so called knickerbockers. The upper coat develops rather slowly, and can hardly be seen in kitten.
The tail is long, and reaches at least up to the shoulders. The tail is very bushy.

 

History

The Norwegian Forest Cat, called Skogkatt, is a very old breed from Norway. Their origin is unknown, these cats have been around for ever. Norwegian Forest Cats are not the result of crossbreeding with Persians, because Persians did not exist in Norway up to the 20th century, but Norwegian Forest Cats are dated back much earlier. Norwegian Forest Cats are also not domesticated cats of wild origin. The first Norwegian Forest Cats had been outdoor cats. In the Norsk mythology it is said that even the god Thor could not lift up this huge cat from the ground because it was too heavy for him. Freya, the goddess of love and fertility, had a carriage which was pulled by two large cats.
Norwegian Forest Cats develop all attributes necessary for their survival: a heavy double coat, a sturdy boning, strong hind legs with strong claws to ensure jumping and climbing for hunting, to ensure the survival when living outside in the snow and in a rough environment. In the early days thousands of Norwegian Forest Cats had lived in the forests and the countryside of Norway. It was in the 1970s that breeders made an effort to preserve the original uniqueness of this cat. 1979 the first breeding pair was exported to the US.

 

Temperament

The Norwegian Forest Cat has a soothing and lovely disposition. Forest Cats are always around you and will be your best friends for a life time. These cats are not lap sitters, they do it only on their own terms. They like to sleep in your bed, but prefer not to sleep under the covers. They are gentle and quiet, but they know exactly what they want. Forest Cats are very intelligent and sensible cats. They will follow your word, when being outdoors, and they like to bring also little prizes from outdoor for you.

 

Grooming

Norwegian Forest Cats have a coarse all weather coat, which is adapted very well to rainy weather or winter times. Their coat has no tendency to mat or getting knots. In general they are easy to groom, combing their coat regularly will enhance the silkiness and glistening of their fur.
 

Breeding and Health

Since 2007 a HCM research project is running, conducted by Dr. Kathryn Meurs, Washington State University, Veterinary Cardiac Lab.

Please donate and participate in this project!

 
 

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