Norwegian Forest Cat Breed Profile

The Norwegian Forest is a domesticated cat breed from Northern Europe.  This breed adapts well to cold climates.

The most distinctive characteristic is her long, thick coat and large size. This feline is similar to The Maine Coon breed with long legs and a sturdy body.

norwegian forest cat breed profile
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Norwegian Forest Cat Breed Information

Country of Origin: Norway

Coat: Long, dense, smooth

Size: Big 

Male: 10-20 lbs (4.5-9 kg)

Female: 8-18 lbs (3.6-8 kg)

The tendency to shed: Shed heavily a couple of times per year

Grooming needs: During this period, they need regular brushing to remove loose hair.

Cat Colors:  White, black, red, cream and silver, and various patterns and shadings.

Lifespan: 14 to 16 years

norwegian forest cat breed profile

Breed Characteristics

  • Friendly to other pets
  • Friendly to children
  • Docile
  • Intelligent
  • Affectionate toward its owners

 About Norwegian Forest cat breed

The Norwegian Forest is a gentle cat. They are large and athletic, so they like to climb and jump. This breed is devoted to their family but doesn’t like strange visitors.


They are friendly, intelligent and have a lot of  energy.

Norwegian Forest Cats enjoy being part of the family, they don’t demand constant attention and will happily entertain themselves while alone.

This feline get along with other dogs and cats, as well as mild-mannered children.

Health Issues

There are some conditions you should be aware of:

  • Kidney and heart diseases
  • Retinal dysplasia
  • Patella luxation
  • Hip dysplasia
norwegian forest cat breed profile


This breed sheds heavily a couple of times per year. During this time, they need regular brushing to remove the loose hair.

During non-shedding periods, they need one or two brushes a week to prevent tangles. 

This cat breed has a waterproof coat, so baths are rarely necessary.


Norwegian Forest Cats don’t mature until they reach five years of age.

The kittens will transition to adult food before they reach this age.

Kittens need nutrients for proper growth.

Curious Facts about American Norwegian Forest Cat 

  • The ancestors of the Norwegian Forest cat served as mousers on Viking ships.
  • Skogkatts is the nickname of the Norwegian Forest cat in Norway, which translates to forest cat.
  • Another nickname for this cat is Wegie.
  • King Olaf V designated the breed the official cat of Norway.
  • A Norway fairy tale tells that six giant cats pulled the Norse goddess Freya’s chariot.

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