Norwegian Forest Cat: WCF standard


Body: Medium to large, long, strong, with a massive skeleton. The limbs are long, muscular, the hind legs are longer than the front; paws are wide, round, with tufts of hair between the fingers. The tail is very long, at least equal to the length of the body, evenly pubescent, with copious undercoat.

Head: In the shape of an equilateral triangle. Straight long profile, strong chin.

Ears: Very large, broad at the base, set high so that the outer contours of the ears are directed in a straight line towards the cheekbones. Decorated with lynx tassels and brushes.

Eyes: Large, wide-open, oval; color should be uniform and in harmony with coat color.

Coat: Medium. The rich soft undercoat is covered with long, shiny, hard and water-repellent hair. The integumentary hair extends to the back, sides, and upper part of the tail. The lower body and the back surface of the hind legs do not have integumentary hair. A long collar, a triangular “beard” starting from the cheeks, and “panties” complete the look of a Norwegian cat.

Colors: Chocolate, cinnamon and the corresponding weakened colors (lilac and fawn) are not recognized in any combination (including tabby, bicolor, tricolor); acromelanic colors are also not recognized. All other colors are recognized.

Disadvantages: Dry or falling coat; silky texture.

The standard describes an adult, but rather young (up to 3-4 years old) cat. However, it is not clear how to evaluate a kitten or an older animal? How, for example, does the head of an adult cat and an adult cat differ? Cats have a wider head, and kittens have a longer head. Interestingly, kittens that have a perfect equilateral head when they grow up (especially if they are cats) may end up with a short head. These records, which relate to the development of head construction, are extremely lacking in the standard.

The standard speaks of a simple profile without a “stop” – but where does this profile begin? Where does it end? We are also talking about a rounded forehead. Where does this rounding start? Strong Chin – What Does Strong Chin Mean? Is this feature very important? Obviously, the chin is one of the signs that distinguish the head of a Norwegian forest cat from the head of a Siberian cat, which has a “chamfered” chin. Or does the chin matter on the profile line?

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