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Norwegian Forest cat
The Norwegian Forest cat (Norwegian: Norsk skogkatt or Norsk skaukatt) is a breed of domestic cat found in Northern Europe. This breed is adapted to a very cold climate. It has a double coat. The top coat is glossy, long, water-shedding hairs. It also has a woolly undercoat for insulation. The breed's ancestors may have been brought to Norway by the Vikings.
During World War II, the breed became nearly extinct. A Norwegian cat club helped the breed. They created an official breeding program. It was registered as a breed with the European Fédération Internationale Féline in the 1970s. This was when a local cat fancier, Carl-Fredrik Nordane, took notice of the breed. He made efforts to register it. Currently, the Norwegian Forest breed is very popular in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and France.
- John Bradshaw, Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet (New York: Basic Books, 2013), p. 222
- David Taylor, The Ultimate Cat Book (London; Dorling Kindersley Ltd., New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989), p. 76
- Nancy Furstinger, Norwegian Forest Cats (Edina, MN: Abdo Publishing Company, 2006), pp. 6–7