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The Norwegian Forest Cat is a sturdy cat with a distinguishing double coat and easily recognizably body shape. It is a slow maturing breed, attaining full growth at approximately five years of age.

Head Shape:
Equilateral triangle – all sides are of equal length as measured from the outside of the base of the ear to the outside base of the other ear and following a line down the side of the head to the point of the chin and back up to the ear. Good height when seen in profile. The neck is short and heavily muscled.

Profile: Nose is straight from the brow ridge to the tip without a Break in the line. The slightly rounded forehead continues into a gently curved skull.

Ears large, with good width at the base; pointed tips; with lynx-like tufts and long hair out of the ears. Placement high and open, so that the outer lines of the ears follow the line of the head down to the chin.

Large, almond shaped, well-opened, expressive, alert expression; set at a slight angle with the outer corner higher than the inner corner. All colours permitted, regardless of coat colour.

Firm and in line with the front of the nose – gently rounded in profile.

Moderate in length, substantial bone structure, with a powerful appearance showing a broad chest and considerable girth without being fat. Great depth of flank. Males are large and imposing; females may be smaller and more refined.

Medium in size with hind legs longer than front legs making the rump higher than the shoulders. Thighs are heavily muscled; lower legs substantial. When viewed from the rear, back legs are straight. When viewed from the front, the paws appear to “toe out”. Large round paws with heavy tufting between the toes. Five toes in front, four in back. Tail: Long and bushy. The length is equal to the body from the base of the tail to the base of the neck.

Double coat, consisting of a dense woolly undercoat, covered by long, smooth, glossy guard hairs. The coat is semi-long and uneven. The bib consists of three separate sections: short collar at neck, side mutton chops and full frontal ruff. Britches are full on hind legs. The body coat is long and flowing. Allowances are to be made for seasonal changes. The coat is in full development in the winter months. The coat “drops” in the spring making the cat look almost shorthaired except for the ears and toe tufting.

Every color and pattern is allowable with or without white WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE SHOWING HYBRIDIZATION RESULTING IN THE COLORS CHOCOLATE, LAVENDER/LILAC, THE POINTED PATTERN OR THOSE COMBINATIONS WITH WHITE. Any amount of white is allowed e.g. white spots on paws, back, chest or belly; a blaze, a locket, etc. The degree of symmetry, whether in the pattern or the white spotting is of no importance. Nose leather and paw pads are accepted in all colors and in any color combination, not necessarily related to coat color except where so noted. Cats with white on feet may have pink paw pads or they may be bi-color or multi-colored.

Very slow maturing of this breed should be taken into account. Mature males may have broader heads than females. Kittens can take up to 6 months of age to develop guard hairs.
Length of coat and density of undercoat vary with the seasons.

source: AFCA / FIFe

Breed standard

"Once you know these playful purring norwegian forest trolls, you never want to be without them again."