The Norwegian Forest Cat is still quite rare in our latitudes but has long been a favorite breed of Europeans. This is a friendly and independent pet that can easily find a “key” for every family member.
#1 The Norwegian Forest Cat attracts attention at any exhibition due to its aristocratic appearance and impressive size.
Due to the thick wool of medium length, it seems even larger than it actually is, while it is very mobile and playful, but it is not prone to destructive pranks for the home. The Norwegian Forest Cat does not tolerate forced loneliness but requires respect for its personal space.
#2 As you might guess by the name (in different dialects of the Norwegian language “forest” sounds differently, so there are two options in use – Norsk skogkatt or Norsk skaukatt), these fluffy beauties come from the Scandinavian forests.
Today scientists do not have exact data on how long they live next to a person. The hypothesis is very popular that the countdown has been going on since the 16th century when Angora cats came to Western Europe from Ankara. The peninsula's harsh climate and the need to climb a lot have resulted in an undercoat, stronger nails, and an athletic build.
#3 However, one cannot completely dismiss the likelihood that under the influence of external factors in the new environment in Felis silvestris grampia, regardless of its Mediterranean relatives, the Angora mutation, which is responsible for the length of the coat,
And the Vikings, who colonized the Shetland, Orkney, and Hebrides islands in the 9th-10th centuries, brought those very wild Scottish cats to the territory of modern Norway. This version is supported by the traditional image of the leader of the Valkyries, the goddess of fertility, love, and war Freya - the ancient sagas depict her in a chariot drawn by two cats, whose bushy tails are clearly reminiscent of our today's heroes.