The Norwegian Forest Cat, is a cat that lives and lives in Norwegian forests. This is a unique species of the Scandinavian peninsula. Its origin is unknown, and it often appears as a fairy-like cat in Northern Europe. Among myths. The appearance of the Norwegian Forest Cat is similar to the Maine Cat, and it is the same as the Siberian Forest Cat. The forest cat’s environment is very cold and harsh, so it has a thicker coat and a stronger body than other cats. The Norwegian Forest Cat has strong limbs and a very fast running speed. It is not afraid of the sun and rain. It has beautiful neck and tail hair when walking. However, the number of cats growing in the interior of the Norwegian forest has been decreasing year by year, and there is a crisis of extinction. Therefore, in the early 1970s, efforts to preserve and reproduce became extremely important.
History of Norwegian Forest Cat
The ancestor of the cat perched in the Norwegian forest. It is a unique cat species in Scandinavia. Its origin can be traced back to ancient times and is often the protagonist of the Nordic story. As some recorded, the angel of Thor wanted to take her to heaven, but he was too big to take it away. It is also said that the goddess Freya often travels in a car, and two Norwegian forest cats are pulling the car. However, the cat’s breed name “Norway Forest” has long revealed its mystery. They have indeed lived in the Nordic forests since ancient times. The green environment may be their most familiar hometown. In particular, male cats who are bold and big, are calm and pacing slowly. It seems to be more like a wild animal born on this grass than a pet cat at home. After that, everyone believed that the cats that appeared in the myth are the Norwegian Forest Cats, which was given such a dramatic imagination that they have more elegant and flexible special temperament under their beautiful and majestic appearance.
Beginning in the 1930s, breeders improved this variety and participated in the exhibition in Oslo before the Second World War. After the 1970s, there was increasing interest in this cat, and the Norwegians protected it as a living monument to nature. So far it has been accepted by almost all cat shows in Europe. It was not recognized as an independent breed until 1930.
Morphological Characteristics of Norwegian Forest Cat
Head: An equilateral triangle with a short neck and muscular body.
Ears: Medium to large, with rounded tips, a wide base, and a low position, full of alertness. The ears are decorated with hair.
Eyes: Big apricot eyes, rich expressions, slightly raised eyes, green, gold or golden green shades, white cats can have blue eyes or mandarin duck eyes.
Nose: The nose is medium in length, high in the nose bridge, straight from the eyebrow to the tip of the nose, the forehead is flat, and the skull and neck are slightly curved.
Chin: Strong, slightly rounded.
Body: Medium length, strong muscles, strong bone structure. The chest is wide, the overall figure shows a sense of strength, the waist is deep; the waist is large, and there is no feeling of obesity. Male cats are larger and feel more majestic; female cats are smaller and elegant.
Limbs: Medium length, with hind legs longer than forelimbs, making the hips higher than the shoulders. The thighs are muscular and the calves are strong. Seen from behind, the hind legs are straight.
Tail: Long and dense, the connected body parts are thicker, the ideal length should be equal to the length of the body (from the base of the neck to the base of the tail), and it is more ideal to have a long and thick coat.
Coat: Because it grows in the cold zone, the body hair is particularly thick, divided into upper and lower layers, the lower layer is dense, and is covered with a long and smooth waterproof coat. The lower layer of hair is thick and soft, which plays a role of heat preservation; the upper layer of protective hair is said to be hard, and the front end is greased and shiny, which can resist the wind and snow. In winter, the thick undercoat is fully grown, so the winter coat is fuller than the summer. The quality and type of the coat is the most important, and the color and pattern are less important.
Feet: Sturdy, large and round, with thick coat between toes, toe color and hair color coordinate with each other.
Coat color: The color and pattern of the coat are very diverse. There are 50 colors approved by CFA, including black, white, blue, red, brown tabby, bicolor, black smoke, silver tabby, etc.
Body type: The appearance of the Norwegian Forest Cat is exactly the same as the Maine Coon Cat. The main difference between the Norwegian Forest Cat and the Maine Coon Cat is that its hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs and the coat is double.
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