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Norwegian Forest Cat Breed

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Norwegian Forest Cat Breed

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Norwegian Forest Cat Breed

The Norwegian Forest Cat is native to Norway of course, with a very long history, that goes back hundreds, possibly thousands of years. This cat is a local favorite that appears in fairy tales and legends, one being that the Norse goddess Freya’s chariot is pulled by six giant cats.

Now where or how the cat originated remains a mystery. They may possible be the descendants of longhaired cats from Turkey, brought back from Byzantium by Scandinavian warriors who served the Byzantine Empire, or they may be related to the Siberian cat from Russia. They could have been Viking booty, or they could simply have been the result of natural selection: shorthaired cats whose adaptations to the harsh, near-Arctic climate produced descendants with woolly undercoats and long topcoats that shed water with ease.

Norwegian Forest Cat Information

For centuries, the skogcatt—a Norwegian word that translates as “forest cat”—survived by his wits or offered his services as a mouser to farmers and housewives in exchange for shelter in barns, stables or homes. In 1938, the cats were exhibited at a show in Oslo, but World War II interrupted any plans for developing them as a breed. Fortunately, they survived the war, just barely, but there were still some hard decades ahead and little was done with them until the 1970s. In 1977, they were finally registered as a breed with Europe’s Federation Internationale Feline. Two years later, a pair of NFCs was exported to the United States for the first time. The breed has since become popular in Europe and the U.S.

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