Photo above: Norwegian Forest cats - mother at rear and daughter at front. The daughter died in March 2007. Photo by Gunnsi
The Norwegian Forest cat personality is excellent for family life as they are not easily stressed and patient (it is said). This makes them suitable around children. I do think though that breeders tend to exaggerate breed characteristics. Personality differences between individual cats will be greater than between breeds in my opinion.
Perhaps one of the best ways to talk about this cat's personality is to refer to comments made by Norwegian Forest Cat owners/keepers to my video on my YouTube channel. You can see the video on this website:
or go to my YouTube channel and see it and other videos there:
Here are some comments made on the Norwegian Forest Cat personality. These are not taken verbatim as I do not have copyright. They are summarized and reworked but the meaning is exactly the same:
"They are the best cat breed. They are very friendly, funny and kind cats. Mine loved the snow and he liked to be cradled like a baby. He would meow for food and showed great persistence. He was a very sweet cat."
"Such beautiful cats"
"The Norwegian Forest cat prefers to be in the warm and anyway most of Norway is not covered by snow! A powerful jaw is important in the appearance of this cat breed."
"Despite being rude, biting me on my heels, destroying my leather sofa he was my favorite animal ever."
"A Norwegian Forest Cat's personality means that this cat needs to be outdoors preferably in a forest."
"These cats are not only special because of their looks, their personality is much more special."
"They are awesome!"This is my comment about living with a half-Norwegian Forest cat:
"I still love her. I still cry for her. She was very loving and immensely athletic. She had a very quiet voice. She died in an car accident 14 years ago aged 4."
Note: a cat's personality will depend largely on how we behave. If our home is calm and loving our cat will be. We are the mother and father of our cats. They look to us for food and care and leadership on behavior.
1. Encyclopedia of the Cat by Dr Bruce Fogle
Norwegian forest cat personality to Siberian cat, a similar cat who may have similar ancestors.