A bright representative of the breed was named Brown Tabby Cat with White – Pan’s Truls. It was this cat in 1973 that “took part” in creating the breed standard, which is valid to this day.
Due to its natural origin, the Norwegian forest cat is a large-sized and strong-build animal with well-developed muscles. Legs are high and strong, the hind legs are usually higher than the front ones. This allows the Norwegians to move quickly and deftly over rough terrain and deftly climb trees. The paws are large, round, with rich tufts of hair between the fingers, protecting the paws from hypothermia.
The Norwegian Forest is the owner of a luxurious fur coat. The hair structure of these cats is semi-long, double, consisting of a thick undercoat that allows the animals to keep warm, and long water-repellent core hair covering the back and sides. The formation of such double wool occurred under the influence of the harsh and very humid climate of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Among other things, a fully “dressed” animal has a mane on its neck, sideburns, and a long bib. Hind legs are well-developed on the hind legs.
But the main decoration of the Norwegian is its tail, long, perfectly pubescent, with flowing outer coat.
Yet the main distinguishing feature of the Norwegian forest cat is its head. The shape of the head is an inverted equilateral triangle. Complete with a high cranial vault, a rounded forehead and a long absolutely straight (without kinks) profile, the appearance resembles a Viking helmet.
The ears of Norwegian cats are large, wide at the base, pointed at the ends, with long tufts of hair covering the auricle. The ears are high and open so that the outer line of the ear continues the line of the head from the chin. The chin is strong, as it should be for native breeds.
The eyes of these cats are amazing and bewitching: large, oval, slightly obliquely set. The expression of the eyes is wary. Eye color should be consistent with coat color. Most often they are yellow-green, with a predominance of green. In cats with white coat color, eye color can vary from yellow to blue, not excluding colorful options.
Norwegian forest cats are rich in colors: Agouti / Tabby (painted) and Solid
(without picture): Black / Blue, Red / Cream, Tortoise, White, Amber (amber). In addition, all the listed colors are possible in combination with a silver (smoke) and various amounts of white. Such colors as color point, lilac, chocolate, etc. are completely excluded.
Norwegian forest cats develop gradually, as it should be for an indigenous breed. By around the age of three, they become “real Norwegians.”
To date, the Norwegian forest cat is considered one of the healthiest breeds in terms of genetics. The average life expectancy of these animals is 14-15 years.
Norwegian forest cats are fast and agile hunters, able to climb to the top of the tallest tree in the blink of an eye, and then also deftly descend from it, moreover, head down. They remain active and hunting excitement until old age. These cats are very smart, curious, their intelligence is beyond doubt – otherwise, they would not be able to survive in the harsh Scandinavian climate.
Norwegian forest cat is ideal for keeping in a country house but can live well in an apartment.
The character of the Norwegian forest cat is noble and restrained. In a family, as a rule, they keep themselves with a sense of dignity, know their worth, have a Nordic character, are calm, and it is difficult to get them crazy. These cats are not characterized by a manifestation of aggression: playing with a child, they will never allow themselves to release their claws. They are independent, unobtrusive, very friendly towards family members and get along well with other pets.
The Scandinavian proverb reads: “LOVE LONELINESS, DO NOT START A NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT“. Living in a family, Norwegian forest cats become real guardians of the hearth and the “good spirit” of the whole family.