Origin and development
Norwegian forest cat originates from the domesticated wild cat inhabiting the fjords and the northern Norwegian forests. Her ancestors had long enough dense hair to bear the harsh conditions of the north. To conserve the population, these cats have developed a variety of qualities – mainly fast and skilled hunters. The Norwegian forest cat has preserved the splendid long coat, as well as the witty and inventive of its wild ancestors who lived many centuries ago under these harsh conditions.
The breed is describe for the first time the in 1599 by naturalist priest Clausen Frins. In her homeland she is a popular under the name of Wagi and for her there are many legends and myths. In one of them, the god of ancient Norwegians Thor had a cat so huge that he could not lift it, and in another legend the goddess of beauty, love and fertility Freya traveled to a chariot trapped by a pair of huge Norwegian forest cats.
After the publication of the Norwegian folk tales in 1841, these long and fluffy tails became heroes of folk art. For the unusual adventures of this cat and now stories are told in all primary schools in the country. For the first time, a red-and-white Norwegian forest cat was shown at an Oslo exhibition in 1938, but Norwegian Felineologists were more interested in and devoted attention to foreign exotic breeds than to their native breed.
The Norwegian forest cat freely crossed the short-haired farm cats, which meant that the breed could be lost. To save her, the president of the Norwegian cat lovers club, Karl Nordan, established strict rules for her pure breeding. In 1975 a breed standard was developed in the Norwegian cat lovers club. The 1977, in Paris, the breed was officially recognized and the standard was established that allowed the Norwegian cat to participate in all European dog show exhibitions. In the United States and Canada, in some scientists’ opinion, these cats have come a long time with the Viking voyage ships that carried with them Norman semi-walnut cats – the ancestors of the Norwegian forest cat.
Exterior and standard
The body is long, large and flexible, well muscled. The head has a triangular shape, the nose is long, straight, without a stop. There is a pronounced beard. The ears are long, high placed, with small protruding hairs on the top (as with the lips). The eyes are large, open and can be colored differently, and their color must match the color of the coat.
The limbs are tall, with the hindquarters longer than the front. The tail is long and rusty. The hair cover consists of long, brilliant and water-resistant hairs, as well as a thick dense undercoat. Summer hair is short, without “collar” and without dense hair on chest and beard, because the subcoat is poorly developed. In autumn, winter hair is formed, which is abundant and even throughout the body, forming a thick and dense undercoat that prevents cats from getting cold.
At the back of the “pants” of the hind legs, the hairs that are covered are small, as they are covered by the long hairs on the tail. Root hairs begin to grow in adolescent cats at 3 to 5 months of age. Any color of the color is allowed, as well as a combination of white and other colors for the limbs, abdomen and chest.
The most common combinations are some basic color with white on the chest, paws and abdomen. When evaluating exhibitions, the type and quality of the hair is particularly valued, with the color and drawing being of secondary importance. Breeds of the breed are dry and matted hair, short tail, short nose, presence of stop, rounded or quadrangular head. They also have small ears or a great distance between them, as well as very small and small specimens.
NFO 21 – Norwegian cat with aguti factor
NFΟ 21 03 – Norwegian wild-type cat with white agouti factor
NFO – Norwegian forest cat without agouti factor
NFO 03 – Norwegian wild cat without agouti factor with white
Qualities and behavior
Despite the fact that the Norwegian forest cat has retained many features of its wild ancestors. It lives normally in a homey setting.
Norwegian forest cat, cat breed information