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The formal name of the breed: Norwegian Forest Cat (Wegies)

Origin: Norway

National Cat: Norway

Life Expectancy: 14-16 Years

Personality: Very intelligent, easily trainable and excellent for first time Cat Owners

Every colour and pattern (classic, mackerel, and spotted tabbies) with exception of chocolate, lavender, lilac, cinnamon, fawn or related combinations. Some Wegies have the distinctive white tip on their tail.

The Norwegian Forest Cat is the official cat of Norway. It is believed that the ancestors of Norwegian Forest Cat travelled with the Vikings and became acclimatised with their new harsh cold environment. It is for this reason, that a Norwegian Forest Cat is ideally suited for Pet Owners who sometimes have to move due to change of work or move into a new home.

However, despite their adaptability; it is best advised for Pet Owners who are considering to adopt a Norwegian Forest Cat, to also have another cat as a companion. Due to its Dog-like Traits, Norwegian Forest Cat needs human companionship or if that is not possible, at least another cat companion.

 

Typical body characteristics

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a natural breed with:

– a big strong sturdy body

– the eyes are almond shaped and oblique

– the hind legs are slightly higher than the front legs

– heavily furnished large ears wide at the base and high set

– with a tuft of hair (like the ears of the Lynx )

– long head similar to an equilateral triangle

– strong chin

– a muzzle of medium length

– a long flowing tail

– grooming required every alternate day

– a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hair and a woolly undercoat for insulation

– long legs

– have strong claws which enable the cat to be excellent climbers

– the coat consists of a long, glossy, thick and water-repellent top layer

– water-resistant coat with a dense undercoat developed to help the cat survive the harsh Scandinavian cold weather

– a woolly undercoat and is thickest at the legs, chest and head (which gives a Lion-like look)

 

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