The Vikings called the Norwegian cat “Forest Fairy”, since the cat naturally developed close to human territory. It is thought that they already lived on the Norwegian forests since 1000 b.C.

Brought to Scandinavia by Viking sailors, the cat had to adapt to the harsh climate of the Norwegian Forest! The cold, rain, snow and hail forced the great feline to take shelter beneath a waterproof fur. It’s body strengthened and became a might semi-long-furred cat.

It was in the decade 30 of the 20th Century that the Norwegian Forest cat breed began to be valued within its country of origin. Until then, it had been kept within the Norwegian borders, thus making it unknown to other countries. Only later, in the decade 70 of that century, it began to appear in feline shows and expositions, where it conquered a place of honour. It wasn’t until 1977 that the race was acknowledged by FIFe.


The Norwegian Forest cat is known to be very docile, tolerant and of a very stable humour. They like to be petted and spoiled, and appreciate the company of other animals, often becoming inseparable to the family’s dog.

They are excellent climbers and love to show their supremacy. Intelligent and capable of an unusual curiosity, the Forest cat furtively follows his owners, investigating every single move with most interest. Very territorial and suspicious about strangers, guests will often be target to a full inspection.

The Norwegian Forest cat will adapt perfectly to any apartment or house with garden, with special precautions are needed to prevent them from falling from windows or run away and stolen from the gardens.


The Norwegian Forest cat double coat doesn't requires special care. The fur is not susceptible to making knots, but they can appear if they are not frequently brushed (once a week is usually enough). Frequent brushes are even appreciated by the cat, if these are made without hurting the animal.


  • Body — Large structure. Strongly build; solid bone structure

  • Head — Triangular, with all sides of equal length, with good height through top of head, in profile. Forehead slightly rounded. Long, straight profile without break in line (no STOP). Firm chin

  • Ears — Large, with good width at the base; pointed tips. With lynx-like tufts and long hair coming out of the ears. High and open

  • Eyes — Large and oval. Well-opened and slightly oblique

  • Legs — Long, high legs. The hind legs higher than the front legs

  • Paws — Large, round and in proportion to the legs

  • Tail — Long and bushy. Should reach at least to the shoulders, but preferably to the neck

  • Coat — Semi-long. The undercoat is covered by a smooth, water repellent upper coat which consists of long, coarse and glossy guardhairs, covering the back and the sides

  • Colours — All colours are permitted, including all colours with white, except those indicating hybridisation with Siamese or Abyssinian