During the three years I have breeding this beautiful cat, I have seen with great concern the strong tendency to confuse the Norwegian Forest cat with any Semi Long Haired common cat. I have faced with comments like: I got one like that behind my house, I have one and I didn´t know it belonged to this breed, how will cost that money if in the "botanical garden" there are many, do you have a white cat because I have a male which I matted with a Persian and I got a Norwegian Forest Cat...
Anyway, I could list thousands of comments that occur in mails, shows or messages on the answering machine; but the worst situation is that we are few breeders in Argentina and we actually do little to lift the breed and teach people that definitely you can´t get a Norwegian Forest Cat around the corner in a box, or the Plaza Miserere, or the Botanical Garden, much less in a matting between a Persian with another cat...
Thus we will explain this trying to break the first myth: THE NERWEGIAN FOREST CAT GET ITS NAME BECAUSE IT WAS JUST BECAME FROM NORWAY! and maybe in a few areas in Finland, UK and Sweden ... That is why it is a FULLY SCANDINAVIAN cat .Therefore it is difficult to imagine that in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile or Caracas you could find a cat that mysteriously is a Norwegian Forest Cat ... No way!!! then they would be Argentinean Forest Cats, Chilean Forest Cats or Venezuelan Forest Cats, don´t you think?
The second thing we have to note is NFC was indeed a wild cat and also ran free as any common cat, but more than 30 years ago the NFC was institutionalized as a BREED and then "systematic and programmed" plans for breeding began. Therefore the breed was recognized in all World Feline Federations (FIFE, WCF, CFA, TICA, etc). In this point of view the Norwegian Forest Cat IS a pedigree cat . Today there are still small populations of wild Norwegian Forest Cats ONLY IN NORWAY, but federations have closed the use of novices (non-pedigree cats) in breeding plans. For this reason THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT ARE ONLY THOSE CATS THAT MEET THE STANDARD AND HAVE A PEDIGREE covered by a RECOGNIZED CAT FEDERATION OR ASSOCIATION .
Now that we are talking about the standard it is set to define how a NFC should looks like physically, and here we find enormous differences with the common Semi Long Haired cats:
1 .- The Norwegian Forest Cat has a straight nose profile product of the triangular shape of his head. This means that since the nose is born on the forehead until it ends at the tip "is continuously straight", therefore it does not have any disruptions, riots, brakes, etc.
2.- The ears of a NFC should end in sharp points preferably with lynx tuft (hairs on the ears tips like a lynx). Although there are cats with quite rounded ears, they are less appreciated because they change the wild look of the cat.
3.- The chin has to be strong and aligned with the upper jaw.
4.- The hind legs have to be slightly longer that the front legs, because this comes from his innate ability to climb and jump high (this is a product of natural selection of Darwin due to the hostile environment in which this breed was developed).
5.- And one of the most important things, the presence of a woolly undercoat to protect them from the harsh Scandinavia cold , accompanied by a long oily hair that allows the waterproofing. In short, winter developed two types of hair, while in summer the cat loses all woolly undercoat to stay cooler.
6 .- The Norwegian Forest Cat's eyes SHOULD be slightly slanted and slightly obliquely placed on the face. This is because the triangle cranial structure of the cat places the eyes in a oblique position, which also makes the bone structure of the nose is straight. So round eyes like Persian cats or almond eyes like Siamese type do not give to the Norwegian Forest Cat the correct look.
7.- The lenght of the nose should be longer between the eyes than in the tip, forming a slightly "V".
8.- In the winter season NFC developes a strong collar around the neck like a lion which begin from the ears, spread to the face and fall on the chest. They also develope long hairs behind the ears to prevent they could freeze.
Finally, there are a lot of typical characteristics of this cat that you can find on my website, much more extensive and plotted: www.blindlovecats.com/apariencia.html
Do you think that a cat with these features are just around the corner?