Huge Norwegian Forest Cat the size of a large Maine Coon

On average, the Norwegian Forest Cat (NFC) is smaller than the Maine Coon but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Not all MCs are larger than NFCs. This TikTok video illustrates the point. This NFC is very classic in terms of 'type' meaning desired appearance as per the breed standard. Super appearance. Huge Norwegian Forest Cat the size of a large Maine Coon. Image: MikeB from screenshots. Here is the video. For me it is a bit irritating because of the soundtrack. Horrible for me. But the point is made about size. This is a great NFC. A classic in terms of coat: a grey tabby-and-white. It is his size which is untypical for this breed although they are one of the largest domestic cat breeds challenging the supremacy of the Maine Coon sometimes .

Norwegian Forest Cat Facts

Here are some key Norwegian Forest Cat Facts as I see them:-
  1. This is a natural cat. This is perhaps the most important fact. This means that this cat breed evolved in Scandinavia (or was it just Norway? - no it is native to Northern Europe1) without the interference of mankind over a long period of time (centuries it is said starting in about AD 10002) until it was decided by the "cat fancy" (people involved in breeding and showing cats essentially) that what was an ordinary non-purebred non-pedigree domestic house cat (a moggie) should be a show cat. That happened in about 1930. At that time until the present this cat's evolution would have been largely in the hands of people concerned primarily (but definitely not exclusively) with the appearance of the cat.
  2. Other names for this cat are: Skogkatt or Skaukatt, Wegie. Also skogkatter or the Norsk skaukatt (meaning in English: Norwegian Forest Cat)1.
  3. There are no outcross breeds.
  4. Weight: About 3 - 9 kg or 7 - 20 lbs (see domestic cat weights for comparisons).
  5. This cat breed is similar to the Maine Coon and Siberian but does not suffer from the same predisopisitions to certain genetic disorders as the Maine Coon (e.g. heart disease, HCM but see Maine Coon Cat health for more on that). Although there are one or two health issues they are in my estimation less serious. This is a pretty robust cat.
  6. This is a cat that is bigger than the average. As I said she is similar to the Maine Coon, which is probably the biggest wholly domestic cat breed (i.e. not a wild cat hybrid). However the Norwegian Forest Cat is smaller than the Maine Coon. The NFC is heavy boned and tall.
  7. This is a cat with medium-long hair. Any coat pattern and color can be seen except for a pointed pattern (like the Siamese or Himalayan, for example). This is in contrast to some cat breeds for example that are only bred to one color, e.g the grey cat breeds. The top coat is a protective coat and the undercoat keeps her warm (see cat hair). It seems that the ancestors to the current NFCs are normally black and white. You can see a black and white NFC in the video. Tabby NFCs are the most common with white on their chests and paws.
  8. This breed is fully recognized by all the major cat associations, which include the GCCF, FiFe, CFA, TICA.
  9. The Norwegian Forest Cat is an athletic, confident climber to the point where it can come down trees from a considerable height (say 30 feet) head first, running down the tree trunk (well my half NFC could - only two wild cats can do that: the Margay and Clouded Leopard). Most cats shimmy down backwards and slowly or sometimes get stuck as the claws are not designed for descending forwards. This skill was probably acquired over the duration of the cat's evolution in the Norwegian forests. This breed likes high vantage points. Of course not all cats of this breed do as I have just described.
  10. Some purebred cats are rarer than others. This is not one of the rare ones.
  11. The Norwegian Forest Cat ranks just outside the top 10, out of about 70 listed purebred cat breeds, in this website's popularity poll on visitors votes. The top cats are the Maine Coon and Siamese.
These are the core Norwegian Forest Cat Facts.

Norwegian Forest Cat doing a spot of fishing. They do this apparently. The Bengal to name one other cat breed also likes water. Photo © copyright gary.baldi reproduced under a creative commons license.


2. Encyclopedia Of The Cat by Dr Bruce Fogle

Norwegian Forest Cat Facts to Norwegian Forest Cat History


  1. this is beautiful :)
    and this is the first time I see a cat outdoor. I mean real outdoor..

  2. Yes, it is nice to see a Norwegian Forest Cat doing the kind of thing they did hundreds of years ago.

  3. I have two Norwegian Forest Cats. Twin brothers and they are just the best most fun cats. They luv it outside. We don't have to keep a litter box even because when we do they don't use it. They go outside always. They are just the most perfect cats. The only bad part is all the white cat hair everywhere.

  4. I have one she is so fluffy and fat love he alot she eats so much ;D

  5. I have one and her name is Whitney and she is so cute and funny, I just love her!


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