Norwegian Forest Cats and Kittens
- Norwegian Forest Cat Origins
- The Norwegian Forest cat evolved in the cold Norwegian Forests and is probably the result of interbreeding between shorthairs from Southern Europe and longhairs from Asia minor, brought home by early Norwegian traders. It is a very old breed, described in regional fables as the "Fairy Cat" dating as far back as the 16th century. It is even said that these cats were the family pets of the Vikings.
- Norwegian Forest Cat UK History
- First introduced into the UK in 1986, with the Norwegian Forest Cat Club founded in 1987. In 1990 was given preliminary status with GCCF and granted full championship status in 1997. An extensive breeding program now exists in the UK, and with cats still being imported from Scandanavian countries, there are now thousands of Norwegian Forest Cats in the UK.
- Medium to long body, stout legs, barrel chest, long heavily furred tail.Rounded head, large eyes, large tufted ears and a strong muzzle.
- Hardy outdoor breed, intelligent and independant. Good natured and enjoys human company. A good hunter and an extremely agile climber, possesing some of the strongest claws of all domestic cats.
- Thick double coat with shorter undercoat that provides extremely effective insulation against harsh weather. Will shed almost it's entire coat each summer.
- Coat Colour
- All colours, except siamese
- Only occasional grooming required
- Health ProblemsGenearally considered a healthy breed however some indications that genetic problems may exist due to close interbreeding
- Similar Breeds
Maine Coon: The Maine Coon has round eyes and pointed ears.
Siberian: The Siberian has a more rounded body shape.
Norwegian Forest Kittens for Sale in the UK
If you're looking to buy a Norwegian Forest kitten or cat in the UK, the breeders listed below often have kittens available.
- Weesams - Hobby breeder, striving to promote the norwegian forest cat and egyptian maus in the north east of scotland, increasing their popularity at the same time