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.