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Norwegian Forest Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Norwegian Forest
The area where the animal first came from
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
122cm (48in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
10kg (22lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
15 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, White, Fawn, Brown, Golden
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Intelligent, loving and affectionate

Norwegian Forest Location

Map of Norwegian Forest Locations
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Norwegian Forest

The Norwegian forest cat is native to the Scandinavian regions of Northern Europe, with the Norwegian forest cat having adapted to the colder climates of the near polar regions.

The Norwegian forest cat has long thick fur, which is in a double-layer to keep the cat warm in the uncompromising winters. The Norwegian forest cat also has a thick layer of fat insulating its body.

The Norwegian forest cat was only distinguished as a special breed of cat in the 1900s, up until then it was simply another type of house cat. The Norwegian forest cat is today bred for cat shows and awards in both Europe and America.

The Norwegian Forest cat is one of the largest breeds of domestic cat, generally reaching more than a meter in length. The Norwegian forest cat has a heavy body due to its large size and can often be more than twice the weight of other domestic cat breeds.

The Norwegian Forest cat is a popular household pet die to its large size, long fur and its gentle and loving temperate. The large size of the Norwegian Forest cat also means that it can be lazier than other, smaller, domestic cat breeds.

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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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