How big should the ears be? And are VERY BIG ears suitable for the arctic climate? Indeed, through such a surface the cat will lose a huge amount of heat! And the tips of the ears? In the WCF standard, it is written that they are rounded, and in the FIFe standard they are sharp. The question arises: where does such a free interpretation of the standard adopted in France in 1977 at the time of recognition of the breed come from? So should the Norwegians have tassels on their ears? And if so, what size?
What about the eyes? They, too, according to the standard, should be large – but how much? And what does “a little slanting” mean? And how can you name and define the famous look of the NFO?
LONG, STRONG FOLDED BODY – how long should it be and how strong should it be compared to, for example, MCO? Or should the Norwegian be different from Maine Coon?
GENERAL FORM: LARGE. “Big” compared to what? Back in the 80-90s of the XX century, it was said that the NFO cat should weigh from3.8 kg before 5 kg and the cat – from 5 kg before 7 kg. Today is a cat weighing about4 kg, is considered very small, and the cat, if it does not weigh at least 6 kg is considered not large. Maybe this desire to get HUGE SIZES is the cause of diseases that also began to concern the Norwegian forest cats – HCM (heart disease) and hip dysplasia?
As for wool: what do the words “NFO wool is really fully developed” mean? And what is “wool quality”? What is awarded 20 points – for the length and protective role of the covering hair? And do all colors have the same coat quality? Should the Norwegian be dressed in a “winter coat” in order for the animal to be BEST Nominated? What is the difference between summer and winter fur? 5 points are awarded for color and pattern. Which color and which pattern are preferred? After all, the Norwegian Forest has no color limits, except for chocolate, cinnamon, and acromelanic colors.
TAIL – does it have to be VERY LONG? And what does “short” mean?
Some of these questions were voiced at a seminar in Horby back in May 1998. Another part of the doubts is added by life itself over the past 18 years. Over the years, most of the questions have not been clarified in the standard, which means that the breeders have a lot of doubts.
More and more breeders are trying to return to the Norwegian forest cats in the “old-type”. To cats of strong construction, with dense fur, and the expressive difference in size between a cat and a cat. To big cats, massive, but not exaggeratedly huge. Cats with triangular, but not super-long heads and not flat foreheads. To cats with big ears, but not with rabbit ears. However, it should be remembered that the head of the kitten will be built differently than the head of an adult cat. A kitten, and especially a cat, should have a longer head, higher ears, and larger ears. When the kitten grows up, the head will take the form of an equilateral triangle, and the ears will diverge to the sides and will, therefore, be a continuation of the line, and also optically decrease.
Obviously, there are quite a lot of gaps in the NFO standard today.
And finally, a few words about the work of the breeder. Creating a nursery is a very responsible job. When starting to breed cats, you should always remember the standard. People who forget about this can make one of the mistakes, which can have fatal consequences, changing the appearance of the breed for many generations to come.
It is not easy to be a Breeder! There are people who can engage in commercial breeding in anticipation of “thirst for profit.” Others think with their hearts, instead of thinking with their heads. Both of them create a huge number of problems for those who devote a lot of time to breeding and consciously incur large financial costs in order to raise Norwegian forest cats according to the standard. Those who are trying to do good for the BREED.
I would like to remind everyone that there is a CAT that we once fell in love with and the APPEARANCE and TYPE of which we want to keep. I believe that the Norwegian Forest Cat is a diamond of the cat world, which Nature itself was engaged in cutting!
Each breeder begins his journey alone, but we must remember that TOGETHER we can SAVE this diamond for many generations of our descendants!