Native to Europe, and said to have been the favorite of the Vikings from Norway, the Norwegian Forest Cat has remarkably long, glossy fur that repels water. They have a plush undercoat that serves to keep them warm in the colder climates to which they are best adapted.
Large in size and incredibly muscular, the Norwegian Forest cat has a sturdy body and long, powerful legs that are well suited for jumping and climbing. They have long bushy tails that are prone to tangles, much like the rest of their coat. They also have tufts of fur in their ears and between their toes. Regular grooming can help to keep their coats glossy and healthy. Norwegian Forest cats come in many coat colors and patterns, including tuxedo and tabby.
High levels of energy and intelligence make Norwegian Forest cats as excellent hunters when they live primarily outside. They can easily adapt to indoor life, but it is generally recommended that they are given plenty of toys and activities, along with a companion, to help stave off boredom.
One thing that owners of Norwegian Forest cats often say is that the breed’s large size and high energy require them to eat much more food than other domestic cat breeds. These loveable, large felines are affectionate, fun loving, and slightly mischievous when left to their own devices.