The Norwegian Forest Cat is a strongly build cat and larger than most other cat breeds. The female typically weighs between 3.5-4.5kg and the male weighs between 5.5-7.5kg. This cat breed has long legs, bushy tail and long, sturdy body. Their coat is glossy, long and thick and water repellent. They have a woolly undercoat, which is thicker around their legs. Their eyes are almond shaped and come in a variety of colours. They have large ears that are wide at the base and tufted at the tip.
The Norwegian Forest Cat has strong claws which make them excellent climbers! This cat breed is generally very quiet but can develop a loud noise should they be kept in the house with a dog. They are very intelligent, friendly and great with strangers. They have lots of energy and are known to be demanding of their owner’s attention and time. They spend most of their time outdoors and therefore become very good hunters.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is similar to the Maine Coon but they do differ in terms of their temperament and personality. Kidney diseases have been reported within this cat breed, but any professional breeder should look to test for any predisposed genetic health related issues before breeding.