Norwegian Forest cat

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Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest cat (Norwegian: Norsk skogkatt or Norsk skaukatt) is a breed of domestic cat found in Northern Europe.[1] This breed is adapted to a very cold climate. It has a double coat. The top coat is glossy, long, water-shedding hairs. It also has a woolly undercoat for insulation. The breed's ancestors may have been brought to Norway by the Vikings.[2]

History[change | change source]

During World War II, the breed became nearly extinct.[3] A Norwegian cat club helped the breed.[3] They created an official breeding program.[3] It was registered as a breed with the European Fédération Internationale Féline in the 1970s. This was when a local cat fancier, Carl-Fredrik Nordane, took notice of the breed. He made efforts to register it. Currently, the Norwegian Forest breed is very popular in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and France.

References[change | change source]

  1. John Bradshaw, Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet (New York: Basic Books, 2013), p. 222
  2. David Taylor, The Ultimate Cat Book (London; Dorling Kindersley Ltd., New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989), p. 76
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nancy Furstinger, Norwegian Forest Cats (Edina, MN: Abdo Publishing Company, 2006), pp. 6–7