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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.[1] 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.[2]

History

During World War II, the breed became nearly extinct.[3] A Norwegian cat club helped the breed.[3] They created an official breeding program.[3] 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.

References

  1. 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
  2. David Taylor, The Ultimate Cat Book (London; Dorling Kindersley Ltd., New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989), p. 76
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nancy Furstinger, Norwegian Forest Cats (Edina, MN: Abdo Publishing Company, 2006), pp. 6–7