Norwegian Forest Cat
A Nordic Fairytaile
No one else
than Mother Nature created these wonderful Kings of the Forest.
When the old Vikings went to the oriental, they brought longhaired
cats back with them,
to protect the ships from mice.
These cats had to change their outfit in order to survive this
Evolution gave the toughest ones a hand and they created their
their water-repellent topcoat covers a dense, more woolly undercoat,
wich gives them a marvellous protection against the cold and snowy
climat of Scandinavia.
With their "snowboots" ( tufts of fur between the toes ) they
can walk majestically through the snow.
Their behind is also covered with a lot of fur, the so called
Even these 'knickerbockers' are protected by their long bushy
Their chest, cheeks and neck are protected by a lot of fur (a
full ruff and brisket), which makes them a bit look like a lion.
Because only the strongest cats could survive, the Norwegian Forest
Cat is a very big and strong built cat.
In the summertime they lose their wintercoat and only the bushy
reminds of the fact, that we are dealing with a NFO.
The old Norse myths already spoke of "Magic Cats" with a long
who pulled the "chariot" of the goddess Freya.
In the 1970`s the NFO was officially recognized by the FIFE.
It was Pan`s Truls, who made them decide, that the NFO had to
become an official breed,
not only because he was so impressive....
Norwegian Forestcats have
a wonderful temper, wich is hard to discribe with in a few words.
They are very gentle tigers, perfect to live with in the house.
Of cause they love climbing, wich they can do very wel,
but if you have a robust climbing-skratching tree, they wont climb,
where they mustn`t.
Very important to these cats is, that you give them as much love
as they give you.
These are very intelligant cats, who aren`t only attached to theire
but also to theire humans (theire family).
Because of this, they are very easy to raise and can eaven lern
to apport little balls etc.
They love children and babys, are very solcial also a dog, rabbit
eaven a ferret could be their best friend. So
you could say: protect the cat from the baby :)
His shorthair mother Lucy
with Pans Truls
Egyl Nylund with Pans
Here you can see that even
the prototype NFO male was not as BIG as they always claim it
But still they look amazingly
impressive in wintercoat or neutered!
I guess his weight was 4,5- 5kg
Pans Truls with Egyl grooming
Pans Truls - to me the
REAL type NFO and my biggest IDOL :-)
A shame the judges don't remember this very special cat anymore...
Pans Thinge Ling on the left and Pans
Truls on the right
Refering to some interesting
NFO history sites: