The Norwegian Forest Cat
A Little Skogkatt History
=^..^= Although the Norwegian Forest Cat is considered a new
breed in the United States, "The Skogkatt" is centuries old in
its native homeland. There is speculation that they may be
descendants of short-haired cats brought to Norway by the
Vikings & long-haired cats brought to Norway by the Crusaders.
The adverse Norwegian climate & Mother Nature's "survival of
the fittest" played a factor in their evolution. Their dense
undercoat is covered by long guard hairs which act as
protection against snow & rain. The fully mature coat can take
up to 3 years to develop.
=^..^= Designed by "Mother Nature", Norwegian Forest Cats
are available in most colors except for the colorpoint pattern
seen on Siamese. A Norwegian Forest Cat is a heavily-boned cat
with a medium length body. Eyes are almond-shaped &
expressive. Ears are tufted and some have lynx-like ear tips.
Males average 12-15 lbs & females average 8-10 lbs at 4-5
years when fully mature.
=^..^= FIFe (Federation Internationale Feline) was the
first registry to accept the Norwegian Forest Cat for full
championship status in November 1977. The International Cat
Association (TICA) accepted the Norwegian Forest Cat for full
championship status in August 1984. The Cat Fanciers'
Association (CFA) accepted the Norwegian Forest Cat for full
championship status in 1993. There are six associations in
the United States where the Norwegian Forest Cat has attained
Championship status: ACA, ACFA, CFA, CFF, CROWN, and
=^..^= The first breeding pair of Norwegian Forest Cats was
imported into the USA on 01 November 1979 by Sheila R. Gira-Windom
of Mycoon Cattery. A black and white female, Mjavo's Sala
Palmer of Mycoon who lived to be 13 years old and a brown
classic tabby male, Pan's Tigris of Mycoon who lived to be 18
years old! Their first litter was born on 29 March 1981.