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Description of Norwegian Forest Cat

The Breed History

These large cats evolved in Norway but their ancient roots may trace back to importation by sailors from other regions of the world, with progenitor domestic cats from countries such as Turkey (perhaps Turkish Angora). They were reported to be distinctive in Norway by about 1000 AD. Natural selection in the harsh climate lead to heavily coated, large rugged cats that thrived as farmer's working cats. In the 1930s the breed was first recognized, and by the late 1970s as first exports to the UK and America began, formal breeding programs were instituted. FIFР№ accepted the breed in 1977, and the CFA for championship status in 1993. Outcrossing is not allowed. These are still rare in North America; CFA in 2000 registered only 561 cats.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: 12-24 lb (5-10 kg); females are considerably smaller than males in this range.

Coat: The very heavy double coat in semi-longhair is more or less dense depending on the season of the year. Water resistant, it is hard in texture. Texture of the hair is a bit softer in non-solid colored cats. Ruff, collar, chops and mane are the furnishings around the neck, full britches are present at the rear limbs. Ears are tufted and heavily furnished. All colors and patterns except those containing fawn, cinnamon sable, (FIFР№) and lilac, chocolate and colorpoint (FIFР№ and CFA) are accepted. Brown tabby and white is the most common color/pattern. The coat is naturally a bit oily. A recent study reported that a separate genetic mutation is responsible for the long hair in this breed.

Eyes: Medium sized, almond shaped, the color is not necessarily synchronized to coat color; those with white in the coat may have blue and odd-eyed colors.

Points of Conformation: The NFC is not stocky, but is very strongly built. The triangular head is large but long and angular, with a long straight nose on profile. The broad ears are medium sized, round tipped. Lynx tipping is preferred. Paws are large and round, with some tufting of hair. Tail is long, tapering and well plumed, especially in winter. Compared to the Maine Coon, this breed has a shorter body.

Grooming: Grooming generally consists of a quick brush every few days and they do not tend to mat like some of the longhair breeds. They may need daily grooming while shedding.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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