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 Photos

Norwegian Forest Cat Photos are popular and I have them right here; probably the best on the Internet. I can't just publish the photos so I'll make reference to the breed standard from the UK Breed Standard (NFC Cat Club in the UK) at the same time.

This Norwegian Forest cat is a very handsome cat and frankly I am bit surprised that this breed is not as popular as the Maine Coon. According to a Poll currently being conducted on the main website this cat breed was ranked 7th but is now just outside the top ten most popular cat breeds as judged by visitors' preferences (and not number of cat association registrations). The Maine Coon gets twice the number of votes and is ranked 1st, the most popular cat breed as at March 2010. They are very similar breeds and the Forest cat may be a founding cat of the Maine Coon. Perhaps the Maine Coon is more popular on account of the fact that the majority of voters are American and will naturally favor a cat breed, which is considered an American cat.

The Breed Standard (UK) - highly condensed

It is important that breeders maintain the original appearance of this cat, which has developed over a long natural history as a semi-domestic barn cat in Norway. This cat's coat is the most outstanding feature arising out of this background. Tabbies and bicolors are both common coat types as the naturally occurring NFCs in Norway1. Apparently, black and whites are common too2. The coat should be a double coat (guard outer hairs and a down undercoat for warmth - see cat hair).

This breed can be any coat color.

The head should be triangular with all three sides of equal length. This is the same as the Japanese Bobtail. There should be no break in the profile ("long straight line" - see photo below that illustrates this clearly).

The ears should be large but not rounded with classic " ear furnishings" (ear hair) and tufts coming from the top of the ear. This is similar as expected to the Maine Coon.

The eyes like the coat can be any color and should be alert, large and oval. The body as expected should be big, long and strong. This cat can jump very well. The back legs are longer than the front. This is normal and probably to allow greater leverage and better jumping and running skills.

Finally the coat. This should be semi-long with a woolly undercoat and a smooth water repellent outer coat. The standard requires a "shirtfront", a full ruff and "knickerbockers". We know what a ruff is as you see them on the big cats. The shirtfront is probably the longer hair at the front (like old fashioned dress shirts) and the knickerbockers describes the long hair on the upper part of the hind legs.

The longhaired coat of the Norwegian Forest cat is not as full as that associated with Persian cats. The NFC coat is firmer. It is though silky with a thick undercoat. This will requires some maintenance. The tabby pattern sometimes mixed with white because of the presence of the white spotting gene are probably the most popular coat colors (see tabby and white cat coats and tabby cat coats).

NFCs are great climbers so the hind legs are powerful.

Norwegian Forest Cat Photos - Source:
  • Go to the full CFA breed standard
  • 1. The Encyclopedia of the Cat by Dr Bruce Fogle
  • 2. The Cat, Its Behavior, Nutrition & Health by Linda P Case 
Norwegian Forest Cat Photos to Maine Coon a similar cat


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